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« on: March 29, 2005 12:01:57 PM »

... in our barn.

What to do?  Huh

Has anyone ever painted on them (either the plastic casing or the disc itself) ? They may make a nice room separator/curtain in a mix of colors. I will be moving my sewing/craft area into the barn in the summer, it's not really a barn but a workshop on the first floor. It would be nice to use lieu of a door for a closet.

No idea too small! Smiley

PS I don't need 1500 coasters or models of the Enterprise.. six  and one are enough! that leaves 1492 more diskettes...!

PPS It's gonna kill me to put it in a landfill. I just won't do it.  Embarrassed
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2005 06:17:49 PM »

Humm... maybe in your crafting room (if you have one) you could like glue them to the walls, creating like a whole wall of them. Or put them on the ceiling (Im not sure if they are all one colour or what). You could also make containers our of them (like boxes) and then glue stuff on the boxes to decorate them. Humm... what else could you do. I like the whole wall separater thing. Like drill holes at the top and connect them with fishing wires, or something like that. Wow my creativeness is like gone right now. Well thats all I can think of right now, not too great but lol
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2005 01:06:54 PM »

You mean the little guys you stick in your A drive?

I've seen someone make a purse/tote out of them.... I can't remember if I saw it here or on another website though...
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2005 01:24:55 PM »

I was thinking of making a message board with some I have.  It occured to me when some paper and floppies got mixed up on my desk and the paper got "stuck" in the metal clip of the floppy.  I was also going to stick a magnet on the back of a few and use as message holders for my fridge. 
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2005 10:45:00 AM »

They may make a nice room separator/curtain in a mix of colors.
That was my first thought, too.  Smiley  I think they would look best if you hung them diagonally - just drill two little holes, one in either diagonal corner, and then use jump rings (homemade or bought) to secure them all together.
If I had 2000 diskettes, I might pry off the metal flaps and glue them all over a wall or ceiling like funky 3-dimensional art.

I keep picturing a bedspread or rug made out of diskettes jump-ringed together (but not diagonally).  It could be really cool...so unexpected to have the hard plastic and technological items in a format that's usually soft and cuddly.  That's really more of an "art" idea, though, rather than a "functional" idea, because no-one wants to actually sleep under or walk on top of diskettes, unless you're a robot.  It would just be a conversation piece, but it would certainly get a lot of attention!

You could also glue them neatly all over the outside of your filing cabinet(s), computer table, etc. etc.  That would look cool and would actually be functional!
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2005 03:14:59 AM »

I can't imagine that they can't be spray painted!  What if you painted them (maybe tape over the metal parts to keep those intact) and used them for mosiacs!  Like a coffee table!  Send me some so I can do it!

I really also like the message board idea, but paint 'em first.  They do sell peel 'n' stick cork, maybe you could cut it and put a cork square in the area that usually gets the label, and then put a whole bunch of them up...  then the things that you want to pin, you can.  You'd have to make sure to use thumbtacks, with the flat edge though, since the pin part is usually shorter on those.

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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2005 04:07:39 AM »

how about making a dividing wall of hidey holes? glue them together to make 5 sided boxes (with the front side open), and make a whole wall of them to be a practical yet funky divider for storing your crafty bits and bobs
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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2005 07:45:02 AM »

I just saw a post where someone made a ID holder out of old tapes. You could use the same concept, break the two pieces apart then hinge one side together(I think she used tape) and make a fastener out of anything you want.
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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2005 07:51:52 AM »

I wonder if the same technique used to melt records into bowls would work on the disks to make little bowls?
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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2005 07:57:29 AM »

I wonder if the same technique used to melt records into bowls would work on the disks to make little bowls?

I'm not sure... due to the metal content in them, as well.  You might have to disassemble No. 5...first... teehee.
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