The perfect gift! These have been very popular as desk ornaments, or on a window sill. great for anyone who uses a computer in their jobs or for fun.
I have been making these for a while now, and whenever I go to craft shows, they are the first thing to sell..
Glue. I prefer GOOP, but Super Glue could work as well.
1 dead hard drive
1 floppy drive
9 floppy disks
about a foot of large gauge copper wire
about a foot thin gauge copper wire
brass (or any thin metal) sheet
Various implements of destruction. such as:
needle nose pliers
set of very small torx or hex wrenches
selection of screwdrivers, phlips and flat
If this is your first time doing disassembly of a floppy and hard drives, some Advil may be in order as well. Finding that last stubborn screw can be a test of the soul. luckily, we don't have to be all that gentile on our disassembly.
For the CD and Floppy drives, I usually prefer laptop drives, but desktop drives will work as well.
Most, if not all of this can be substituted by stuff that is the right shape or size. Be creative!
Step 1: Stripping the Parts
Most computer dorks (like me) have boxes of old stuff laying around that is just too good to throw out. this is the chance to get some use out of it, and hopefully thin out the collection a little. To start, you need to take the 9 floppies, the floppy drive, and the hard drive and strip them down for the parts we need.
The easiest way to crack open the floppy disks themselves is to grab either end and twist it like you are wringing out a towel. you should feel it *snap, and then the sides should come apart pretty easy. Take the black disk out. gently peel the black plastic disk off the metal center. the center is the part we want to save. do this for all nine.