When cleaning out my cupboard I had come across a number of old hard drives.  Since most had less storage space than my flash drive I decided to take them apart and make something with the platters.  I had first thought to make a wind chimes which I had seen on Make:Online. But when I took the hard drives apart and saw the pretty orange circuit ribbon I ended up making a tea light holder with the parts instead.

Step 1: Material:

  • Several old hard drives (the number of platters and rings seem to vary between hard drives.)
  • Torx screwdrivers (I used T8, T9 and a T5, it varies between hard drives.)
  • Glue -I used Gorilla glue and a glue gun.
  • Clear packing tape.
  • Brown sharpie.
  • Scissors.
What a fantastic project! I really like it!
I have just bought a 2 TB hdd so that I can make a bigger version that will hold several tea lights!
Cool, feel free to post a picture here when you're done!
This is pretty cool.. Might be able to make a cool &quot;sculpture&quot; or wall art type deal out of those rings too. Hmm.. I'll have to look around and see if I have any crap HDDs laying around.. : D<br><br>Tabz
This is great! saw it on The Clinic and have really taken a shining to it. Have now baught up loads of dead HDD and am planning on a tea light extravaganza!!
I absolutely love the finished product!<br> <br> What a great idea to use circuit ribbon.<br> <br> Cannot understand why it has not been featured!<br> <br> And what about a version that can support a tea pot?<br>
Making one to support a teapot is an excellent idea thank you, I think I have a few more old hardrives lying around!
Love it! if scratching is a problem, try a product that i think is called envirotech it's a resin. there are products like that at Michael's craft stores.
Thanks, I'll try that.
Wow. I's say it looks steampunk, but it isn't victorian-era technology! This is awesome! I may make this from a 5.25" 2.5 GB HDD, and take the stepper motor for my RepRap.
Very creative! The only problem, is that hard driveplatters scratch very easily, so the won't be shiny for long.

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