Here is something I found on the flea market a few months ago. I thought of it as a motherboard, but after some research I know better: This is a graphics adapter, or video card. Not that I care much about the technical details, I’m mostly in it for the visuals here.
There was a whole pile of different cards to choose from, and I picked this one because of the red carrousel shaped part, which intrigued me. Little did I know about what I would find inside, in the cooling fan.
Here is the rest of the story.
When I first saw that little round piece with the copper wire, my heart went Boom! like in a pop song. I mean it, really. It was love at first sight, and I just kept staring at it.
My mind got started, like a popcorn pot, ideas and associations popping up: A medieval cross (I’m not into crosses, but this one I like). A wheel (an eternal movement). Copper wire thin as hair (as hair!). The deep colour of the copper (no further comment, just beautiful). Hooray for the engineers who can develop such things (so that the rest of us can work on our computers and do our image and video stuff and what not). The simple shape of the round cross (and other pieces I could make based on that shape). And so on. My mind was exploding and yes, it did bother me a bit that there was some plastic in there, but I realised I had better keep it.
I would have loved to wear this as a ring, but I realised that if that very thin copper wire would start coming loose, it would all become a mess, and one not easy to sort out. So I went for a pendant.
As I cleaned the piece the best I could and started working on the silver setting, I slowly calmed down. That very first excitement faded, my heartbeat was no longer like in a pop song and my head no longer like a popcorn pot.
We can say that in the transition from video card cooling fan to pendant, I also cooled off a bit. I see it for what it is, an upcycled piece. But a pretty cool one, if you ask me.
By the way, did you know that “video” is Latin for “I see” – yep! – so I can wear this pendant as my extra eye.