Old computers--the motherboards and monitors--contain toxic heavy metals such
as cadmium, lead, and mercury. Because the U.S. does not want to deal
responsibly with their disposal, millions of them are shipped overseas to
countries with really lax safety standards for the workers who dismantle and
recycle the parts.
> Years ago when I
> went to an NAEA convention workshop, a college teacher had done the
> same thing and had his students make wearable jewelry with the wires,
> mother boards, etc. All you would basically need are the parts, wire
> cutters, and "nail glue" from the hardware store. Think of the
> exciting adventure and brain rush of finally taking apart one of those
> contraptions that seems to be taking over the entire whole. I need to
> check into the safety factors first though.