A while ago I had a box full of random cables in my life. Now, I have three boxes. Perhaps, as a junk collector, I may not be the ideal case study for illustrating my point. However, even if my proclivity for amassing random wires may make me an oddity, I will venture to guess that you have a few stray cables cluttering
up your life, too. There is hope yet for that collection of tangled confusion you have amassed.
When life hands you an existential tangle of wires, make orderly spiral coasters out of them. It says that you are a person capable of taking the chaos surrounding you and turning it into harmonious order. Indeed, coasters are the true mark of self-realization. You can quote me on this.
From the book 62 Projects To Make With A Dead Computer by Randy Sarafan. Read our review <a href="http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/blog/62-projects-to-make-with-a-dead-computer">here</a>.
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Place the cup upside down on the cork mat. Trace a circle around the lip of the cup and cut it out with a pair of scissors.
Cut off the end of the power cable that normally would connect to the computer. Cut an additional 2" piece of cable from the end and set it aside for later.
Cut two approximately 4"-long pieces of tape. Lay them sticky side up next to each other to form a square on your work surface.
Coil the trimmed end of the cable into the tightest possible loop that you can make. Stick it firmly onto the center of the tape square.
Continue to tightly coil the cable around the center loop until you have created a spiral just slightly bigger than the cork circle. Your coil should be stuck firmly to the piece of tape. Use the 2" piece of cable you cut in Step 2 to plug the opening in the center of the coil.
Liberally apply hot glue to the surface of the wire coil. While the glue is still hot, center and press the cork circle over the coil. Hold it firmly in place until it dries.
Cut off the excess cable where it starts to spiral out from under the piece of cork. Glue the end of the cord and hold it in place until dry.
Flip the coaster over (so the cork side is down) and gently peel off the tape. If needed, fill the center of the coaster with hot glue to further seal it.