Salvaged internals find a new life on the outside.
1 moving part, 1 formerly moving part and a tidbit or two. It's the new Round File, and the Anti-Post-it note.
Step 1: What You'll Need
- An old hard drive, cracked with seeds, shiny and sticky parts removed (drive platters and magnets).
- 1 steel ball bearing, ~3/4" diameter.
- 1 magnet from the hard drive.
- a short piece of solid wire for hanging.
- Phillips or Torx, depending on the drive
- Cyanoacrylate glue, aka Super or Krazy Glue
Step 2: Attach the Magnet
I wanted the ball bearing to be centered at the top. Place yours wherever you like by putting the magnet on one side, the bearing on the other. (the hard drive platter won't stick to the magnet by itself).
Turn the front side so you can see it, move the magnet until the bearing follows it to the location you like.
Turn it around, add a drop of glue, lifting the magnet a wee bit if necessary to let the glue flow under the magnet.
Let it set, and hunt around on your table for that little piece of wire you know you set down there just a few minutes ago.
Step 3: Add the Wire Hanger to the Back
Twist it through each hole, making sure the wire will not show when you hang it up.
If you want to attach to a metal surface, glue another hard drive magnet, back to back. Warning! It won't be easy to remove once you've attached it!
Step 4: Add the Bearing, and You're Done.
You did set that bearing on something (like a coiled up rubber band) so it didn't roll of the table, didn't you? If not, it's probably under the drawers, in the back, nestled in that to-do list you lost 6 months ago.
Stick the bearing on, and admire your work as your new note and photo holder proudly displays your latest memories and reminders with that shiny, little sphere. Levitating, as if by magic (that's what magnetism is, isn't it?) waiting patiently to dazzle your friends and neighbors.