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.
Step 2: Take Apart the Drives
You will need eight rings and enough ribbon to cover them.
PS. There are a lot of other projects that you can do with the remaining parts.
Step 3: Cut and Tape the Ribbon
Cut pieces of the circuit ribbon so that they fit in the inner opening of the rings (they should be slightly larger then the opening so that they can be taped easily onto the back.)
I did this by placing the rings on the ribbon and tracing the area. You need enough to cover eight rings.
The ribbon did not cover the entire opening on some of them, there are little gaps an holes, but that's okay.
- Once you have enough ribbon, cut a square of clear packing tape (it should be larger than the ring.)
- Place the piece of ribbon on the back of the ring, and lay the packing tape over top, try to get rid of any air pockets.
- Trim off the excess packing tape.
Step 4: The Back of the Rings
I coloured on the packing tape along the edge of the ring; but just the metal part, I left the gaps and holes in the opening of the ribbon clear.
Step 5: Glue the Platters Together
- I glued two platters together with Gorilla glue, and used the magnets as clamps (pretty handy, these are.) This creates the base of the tealight holder.
- Since the tealight will sit where the hole is, you might want to make the base thicker by adding more platters to raise the bottom of the tealight off of the surface that it will be sitting on..
- After the glue has dried, polish the platters with a glass cleaner, because those fingerprints really show.
Step 6: Glue the Rings Onto the Base
**Place the tealight in the centre, so that it doesn't get too close to burn or melt the plastic on the back of the rings, or use a LED tealight instead.**