I too have a stash af computerboards that I would love to make into jewelry.... But I've heard what Maggie is talking about too- I have been thinking about ways to seal in the toxins- maybe dimensional glaze? Wax?
Bunki- you should check out the work of Edward Burtynsky- he has a DVD called Manufactured Landscapes- it is beautiful and horrifying! He photographs man-made landscapes, and talks about the environmental hazards... In your free time of course ;)
By the way, Do you have anymore info on how to get started with zentangles? I found the website, but can't afford to buy the kit right now- I think I understand the basic idea- filling spaces with lines and patterns, Are there general guidelines for the "string" and What about pattern sample ideas? I would love to do these with my students who are afraid of drawing... and maybe teach it to my fellow faculty too
Thanks and have a great year everyone!
Subject: Re: BE CAREFUL USING JUNKED COMPUTERS!!
From: Bunki Kramer <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2009 16:21:15 -0700
Hi Mags. I had heard that monitors were toxic materials (which we
weren't going to use) but the motherboard pieces and wires were okay.
I saw and heard this on a TV show about old computers. Where did you
get your information? Toodles......Bunki
On Aug 23, 2009, at 2:42 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> 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.