Playing with 3-1/2″ Floppy Disks #1

Floppy Disk Art, Techniques

Ever wonder about what to do with all those 3-1/2″ floppy disks that you have taking up space in your office, closet, house? I hated the idea of throwing them away so I pondered other possibilities and here’s one idea I had…turn them into photo disks.

Start with a used floppy disk (I distorted the label for this photo)
Start with a used floppy disk

Next create a viewer to use to for the photograph you want to use on your disk.  The photo cutout will go where the label is.  It measures approximately 2-7/8″ (w) x 2-1/4″ (h).  The top of the label is cut straight across, the corners at the bottom are rounded.

Create a viewer and outline

Create a viewer and outline

Use the viewer on the photograph to determine what section of the photo you want to use.   Once you found the area you want, you can either use the viewer or the viewer cutout to trace the shape onto the photo.   Then cut out the photo.  The pen I used made an indent on the photo which I used as my guide for cutting the photo.

Use viewer to determine section of photo to use

Use viewer to determine section of photo to use

I used an acid-free photo stick glue to adhere the photo cutout to the disk.   For this step I wound up using a different photo, it had more interesting shapes and colors.

Glue photo to disk

Glue photo to disk

Lastly you’ll want to label it. I used an extra fine point gold paint marker by Marvy. Whatever you use, it will need to be able to adhere to plastics.

Label it

Label it

That’s it.  Once you’ve done a couple it goes much faster & easier.  I plan to make a mural of my disks by sticking them on foam core board with double-stick tape.   You can use tacky putty to adhere them individually on a wall.

Have fun with this one.

Maureen, The Mandala Lady

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