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Old 12-18-07, 11:58 AM   #1
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Old Circuit Board Art Projects?

So I just got a bunch of old circuit boards and a few machine panels, anyone have any good project ideas?

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I was thinking I would make one of these bags
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/878930/floppy_disk_bag/

3 of these old HDs


22 of these various old boards (top are the front of the broads and the bottom are the back) (aprox 11 1/2" by 9")

I really like the bottom of some and am kinda thinking about this for them
http://www.craftzine-digital.com/cra...rity&cookies=1

One of whatever this is


3 of these 10 1/2" by 8 1/2" boards


2 of these 14" by 10 1/2" boards


5 of these 9" by 8" boards


one of these 12" tape spools


8 of these 4" ram sticks


22 of these various 10" by 5 1/2" boards


10 of these little 5" by 5" boards


9 of these big 14" by 14" boards


This longish panel


And This big panel

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Old 12-18-07, 12:01 PM   #2
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without drivers i doubt you could make much more than modern art.
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Old 12-18-07, 03:55 PM   #3
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Thats what I was getting at, these things wouldn't be worth getting up and running again
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Old 12-19-07, 05:51 PM   #4
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Have updated w/ pics, anyone got any ideas?
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Old 12-19-07, 06:41 PM   #5
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I would make a mobile and use wire to connect each board to each other, and make a simple circuit to power a light or a fan to spin the mobile.
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Old 12-19-07, 09:38 PM   #6
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This is just off the top of my head, and completely random, but maybe you could hook up the buttons and knobs to something "new" like you answering machine or something (either mechanically or electrically) to make something new look old.

If you don't mind me asking, where did you get that stuff? I have a friend who is looking for "older" looking panels with buttons/knobs/etc... like your last pic.
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Old 12-20-07, 02:17 PM   #7
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To Chrisedge: Hmm, interesting, I might try that.

To Numes: I thought about that but it is like 2 feet wide so incorperating it into smaller electronics would be difficult. I was thinking If I could get all the related circuitry off the back of it I could run some little LEDs behind the buttons and have then light up randomly or something....

I have a relative that is liquidating an old machine shop and he let me scavenge whatever from the things he was selling as scrap
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On the big panel, those square pushbuttons (or are they indicator lights?) can be undone and new messages can be written to place inside. You can do something with that. The square boards or tape spool could be used for clock faces...battery-powered clock motors can be found at craft places or hobby shops; I sometimes buy cheap clocks at fleamarkets/thriftstores to salvage the motors and hands. I like that meter thing, but no ideas for what to do with it.
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ever think there may be some precious metal components on them?
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ever think there may be some precious metal components on them?
Like plenty of lead solder...
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Old 12-21-07, 12:44 AM   #12
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ever think there may be some precious metal components on them?
There is gold on a few of the boards but I have no way to get it off, I passed up on a bunch of gold insulated wires too...
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On the big panel, those square pushbuttons (or are they indicator lights?) can be undone and new messages can be written to place inside. You can do something with that. The square boards or tape spool could be used for clock faces...battery-powered clock motors can be found at craft places or hobby shops; I sometimes buy cheap clocks at fleamarkets/thriftstores to salvage the motors and hands. I like that meter thing, but no ideas for what to do with it.
Most are push buttons, I think that the words might be on the buttons themselves with just little color cards behind them

And I was also considering clocks, as I don't really have any on the walls

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Old 05-15-12, 12:06 PM   #14
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Re: Old Circuit Board Projects?

So I never did anything with any of these, any fresh suggestions?

Also can a mod move this back to Other? Tech really isn't the right forum for arts and crafts, even considering the materials used.

Edit: Thank you

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Old 08-08-17, 02:01 AM   #15
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Re: Old Circuit Board Art Projects?

The relative who let me have these passed away recently and I got to thinking about this little collection in my garage. I might do a backlit frame up of one or two of the cooler boards. And maybe when my daughter is into it I can cover something in circuit boards and shoot a little sci-fi movie or something.
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Re: Old Circuit Board Art Projects?

Glad to see you haven't given up! I think you could probably find drivers off this site:
http://www.driverguide.com/

You need to be sure to flash the bios with the updated firmware first.
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Re: Old Circuit Board Art Projects?

A local near here makes jewelry and stuff from them. Maybe you can get some ideas from her posts.

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Re: Old Circuit Board Art Projects?

You can add them to this "art project"

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Re: Old Circuit Board Art Projects?

Maybe John Hutchison can use all that
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Re: Old Circuit Board Art Projects?

Make a robot or some kind of Jack Kirby device.
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Re: Old Circuit Board Art Projects?

Pretty sure Alan can "find" a use for them. They need to be preserved for future generations.
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Re: Old Circuit Board Art Projects?

Love the idea of a backlit project. (I was the mobile guy from above) I would get a 3' x 3' wood board, paint it black/grey?, and figure out a way to elevate the circuit boards off the wood. Even a small 2" wood cubes would do it. take 9 or so of the most interesting boards and arraign them on the wood board. Then string some adjustable LED lights behind the elevated circuit boards. Get some with a remote, and you can color control the whole thing.
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