Wallet Made From Hard Drive Platters
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Last week I lost my wallet. While waiting for my replacement identification and bank cards to arrive I had time to deliberate on my new wallet. At brunch this morning Wendy and I discussed a DIY money clip. I came across this clever key/clip over at lifehacker. Hmm, maybe I can do this with magnets and old circuit boards? I took apart a dead hard drive that I had dumpster dived last year initially for the magnets, but I could not take my eyes off of the platters. The magnet would just be trouble with my ATM card magnetic strips as well as sticking to everything else around. Using a rivet gun I was able to quickly adhere two car keys and my AAA card to the platters. I use a additional rivet so that the platters can slide open and a picture frame hook to clip them together. It is still a little awkward, but I dig the weight to strength ratio of the aluminum plates. It also makes for a decent mirror in a pinch. It's tempting to use a coin cell battery and sneak a little LED in.