Thursday, 11 October 2012

What to do with a dead PC

Ever wondered what to do with a dead PC to make it safe to throw away? We have had a dead PC lying around for years, not knowing how to get the hard drive out and destroy it. Well the answer is here....

My daughter's PC kind of did a wobbly when we moved it up to her room and we just couldn't seem to fix it, our neighbour's son who is studying computers couldn't pin point the problem and we didn't fancy sending it to someone we didn't know.

Then my boss gave me a name of a guy he trusts....and bingo the computer is now tickety boo and she hasn't lost any of her photos.

When I went to pick the PC up I took the old dead one with me to ask how to destroy it....Make coasters was the answer! This guy took out the hard drive disks for me and said here you go two shiny coasters.

Well I wasn't sure that they would be that secure in their shiny I decided to go a bit further with the re purposing....I painted one side of the discs with ecofriendly paint, allowed it to dry. Then I applied pearl adirondack daubber, allowed it to dry. Once dry I applied alcohol inks and silver mixative, dried again then stamped Tim Holtz crackle stamp in black stayzon all over. Again I allowed it to dry before spraying with matt varnish.

Et Voila! Two coasters that look like they might be core samples drilled from Labadorite!
So there you go......that's one way of recycling your old PC....the rest of the carcase went to good use...the guy kept it to use as a test machine...apparently he regularly blows them up!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

"Craft Room Challenge - Alter it"
"Deep Ocean Challenge - anything goes"
"Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes"
"Crafty Bloggers Network - Anything goes"
"Anything but a card - Shiny, sparkly, blingy"
"Challenges 4 everybody - Anything goes"
"Catch the bug - Anything goes"
"Alphabet Challenge - R is to Recycle-Re purpose"


Zoe Sanderson said...

Your new coasters as gorgeous a truly great alteration. I've got a couple of old works computers I'm slowly dismantling in the name of art will have to get at my disks now! thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO

craft-roomjulia said...

Oh wow, your altered coasters are just amazing, love everything about them. Mmm we have a defunct computer upstairs, the possibilities are endless. Thanks for joining us at Craft Room Challenge and good luck. Julia xxx

Julia S-W said...

What a great idea - we've got an old computer lying around taking up space - I might just have a look inside now! Love your altered hard disk alteration - great colours and love the sparkle.
Thanks so much for sharing your disk project with us at Anything But A Card and I do hope you'll join us again soon.

craftygranny said...

oooh definately different. You did a brilliant job. Thanks for joining us at Challenges 4 everybody hugs trisha DT.

Darlene Lyons said...

What a great creative way to recycle!! Awesome coasters! Thanks for sharing it with us at TTCRD!

Roxx.T Barnes said...

Well that is pretty smart thing to do with a hard drive.Cool looking coasters & conversational pieces too.

Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog.


Carla said...

The ultimate in crafty recycling! So cool and unique! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Anything But a Card!

Maria said...

A brilliant idea! I love the result you've achieved! Thanks for joining in with our Alter It theme over at the Craft-Room Challenge.

Maria xxxxx

hazel said...

I love your coasters Sue, they're fabulous. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
xxx Hazel.

Sheena said...

I have wondered that before! What a brilliant idea and you've altered them beautifully!

Thanks for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge Blog!


Ang said...

Very cool coasters I love the idea, you did a great job, thanks for joining us over at the CBN Challenge this month
Crafty Bloggers Network DT
My Blog: A Crafty Blether

Exclusively by Mel said...

Great idea and I love them!! nice to see something different :)
Thanks so much for joining us at Deep Ocean, Love, Mel. xxx

Christy said...

I love recycling things into crafty projects...awesome job!!!! :) :) Thanks for joining us at Anything but a Card! :) :)