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1  Lamp made from a collection of translucent 45 records in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by zieak on: July 29, 2009 09:55:03 PM
I salvaged a few thousand 45 records from the landfill a few months back. The radio station had tried giving them away but it seems that nobody really wanted a huge pile of mostly country 45s. I went through the pile of them with my friend Earl (who tipped me off to the pile of records) and we pulled out all of the music we were interested in listening to. We also pulled out a stack of different color translucent records. What to do with a bunch of blue, green red and yellow 45s? Well, they reminded me of the lamps i have seen made out of compact discs so that's what i went for.

A few things...

Please, if you are going to mention this project in print or other sites please give a nod and link to www.zieak.com as well as instructables.

Also, these records served a very long life at a public radio station. I understand that they did everything they could to find them a good home. I salvaged them from the baling facility where they would have been compacted into a bale and shipped to a landfill. Don't hate me for doing this to a record. I have a large collection of LPs but these artists and songs have no interest to me. But if they ever do - i didn't drill through the audio part - just the label - so they can still be played!

I have a full tutorial up on Instructables here.

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2  Re: CD wallet made from old 5 inch floppy discs in Completed Projects by zieak on: June 29, 2007 12:31:03 AM
looks awesome! but does it scratch the disks taking them in and out?

Actually they are lined with the same kind of fabric that most CD sleeves have.

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3  CD wallet made from old 5 inch floppy discs in Completed Projects by zieak on: June 28, 2007 04:49:35 PM
I used a few old 5 1/4 inch floppy discs, cut out the disc inside, punched a few holes and put binder rings through to hold them together.  Now i have a retro CD or DVD holder (wallet).  A tutorial isn't really necessary but i have instructions up for the retro CD wallet.  I have added tiny binder clips to each one to keep them from slipping out.

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4  Wallet made from a computer keyboard in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by zieak on: April 04, 2007 10:41:28 PM
I used a flexible circuit sheet found in most computer keyboards to make a wallet.


I wrote the complete tutorial for my geek wallet on Instructables.
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5  Children's xylophone windchime in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by zieak on: February 15, 2006 05:49:28 PM
You need:

    * $9.11 (more if you are less resourceful, less if you have non-monopolistic hardware stores)
    * Vice grip pliers or something similar
    * A drill and drill bits

Here is the meat of the project. The child's xylophone cost me a dollar at a Value Village. I broke off the metal pieces by hand and bought enough of the beaded keychains to hang them all. They were 50 cents each.

I found this clock in the free pile outside of Salvation Army. The aluminum piece is what finally inspired me to finish this project up. The price was originally marked at $5 and had dropped gradually to 12 cents. I'll be using most of it for other projects. Kind of like the plains indian tribes used most of the buffalo.

You can see that i have drilled holes in the piece of aluminum from the clock and hung the chimes. I played around with the order of them but having them in the same order as the xylophone makes the nicest sounds.

I didn't know what i wanted to use to hang the windchime up until i saw the beaded chain available in the hardware store. It was $.99 a foot and i bought 3 feet. I also bought two cable compression thingys and used my vice grips to tighten them down onto the beaded chain.

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6  Nintendo controller into a computer mouse in Completed Projects by zieak on: August 08, 2005 03:06:43 AM
I know that this is more of a "case mod" than a craft but i feel pretty crafty with the dremel, hot glue, and soldering iron out.  I turned a classic Nintendo game controller into a mouse for my computer.



(edit 8/28/2005) Since this made the featured project list i thought i'd add some better pictures and more of a write up.

If you go to this page in flickr i put some notes on the image about the modifications i had to make.

You need the following:
  • A Nintendo controller
  • An optical mouse (note: they are not called lasers)
  • Small screwdrivers
  • Superglue
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • A soldering iron (or a wood burning tool)
  • Solder intended for electronics
  • A few inches of telephone cord or other small wire.
  • Wire cutters and strippers
  • Replacement buttons.  Tiny ones.
  • A Dremel tool or other rotary tool.  You could do it with pliers, knives, and other tools - but invest in a Dremel - you'll be glad you did.

This is how it is used.  Not very intuitive to drop your finger down o right click.

I wrote up a bit of the story on my personal site - here.
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7  Re: Metal flashing garden border in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by zieak on: August 08, 2005 01:43:24 AM
I did something quite similar.  But every foot i attached a piece of wood.  I'll take some better pictures tomorrow and post them if you'd like...

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8  Re: Motherboard clock *with tutorial* in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by zieak on: August 04, 2005 01:33:47 AM
I made a similar one some time ago...

I used the circuit board from a laser printer that went belly up.  I'd only make one suggestion - perhaps find some brighter hands to glue on to the ones you have on - those are pretty difficult to read against the busy background.  Nice job!
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9  Re: Doors anyone? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by zieak on: July 25, 2005 12:31:33 AM
Here is something i have done...

I ended up having to take the metal sheets off and putting glue down and then putting the screws back in.  I did thid to conceal a hole in the door but really liked the end result.  So much that when i sold that house i took that door and put a plain one in its place.  These were galvanized sheets of metal and didn't cost much at all (i can't remember how much though).  Magnets stick to it...
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10  Re: Anime and Superhero Room Ideas? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by zieak on: July 25, 2005 12:12:50 AM
You could glue action figures together to make a "wreath" such as the ones i have done...

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