Playing with 3-1/2″ Floppy Disks #2

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?  After more pondering I came up with this idea…

I used an off-white floppy disk, took the metal slide bar off, and opened to take the innards out of it.  This is the back view of the disk.

Floppy disk and photo cut to disk size

Floppy disk and photo cut to disk size

When I opened it, I opened it from the bottom and just wide enough to take the ‘floppy’ part of the floppy disk out.  I took the disk, traced out the shape over the photograph, and then cut the photo to size.

Cut the photo into pieces to fit on the disk

Cut the photo into pieces to fit on the disk

Here’s the front view of the disk.  I cut the photo so that one piece would fit where the label goes and the other piece fits over the area where the metal slide bar was.  After I had finished the project I noticed that in this photo the lower piece is actually upside down.

Clue photo pieces to disk

Clue photo pieces to disk

I used an acid-free photo glue stick to adhere the photo to the disk.  You can use one photo or mixed up your photos.  Here I wanted to create a continuation of the two.  The tree is in the upper portion and a little bit in the lower portion to make it look like the photo is being framed by the disk.

Finished photo

Finished photo

I used an extra fine point gold paint marker by Marvy to write on the disk.  I plan to use this in a mural where I’ll stick this (and other disks) on a large piece of foam core board with double stick tape.

You can take this a step further by decorating the disk and/or adding trim around the outside edge of the disk.

Have fun with this one.

Maureen, The Mandala Lady

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