There's a green-recycle-earth-friendly op shop between my studio and the post office... and I'm at the post office every day. Needless to say, I'm quite friendly with the op shop people.
Anyhoo.... they recycle all manner of things. I think these little copper-wire thingamies come out of computers. Apparently they have a LOADS of them. The waste-not-want-not in me can't let them go to landfill or sit idle in a warehouse.
If I could knit, I'd be thinking about knitting that wire into astounding art-jewellery collar things. The plastic foundation cog-like bits look to me like they could be stacked and made into table legs. If I had time to make wearable art I'd be linking them together in some sort of awe-inspiring chainmail configuration..... the options seem limitless to me.
As it is (what with books to write, child to raise, patterns to develop etc), I'm unlikely to do any of those things.
When I find the perfect centre-piece for my little cog-like computer bit, it'll become a brooch.... but I don't need a mountain of copper-wire coggy brooches.
If you can think of a use for one - or for a mountain of them - let me know and I'll organise to get it/them to you. Let me know what you make and I'll link/post them here.
OR - I'd love to hear any inspired half-baked ideas you might have for them (like my snowflakes-hope-in-hell knitty one). Who knows - you might inspire someone who has the time to follow the idea through?
Call it a challenge to think outside the square, so to speak....
EDITED TO ADD: Thanks for the suggestions as to how to make my fortune :), but if any selling of copper is to be done, I think the op shop can use the funds for better causes than I have. It's why they were saved in the first place, but there's probably some reason why nothing has been done with them as yet.
It was put to me as a creative exercise in recycling.... so put on your creative thinking caps, peeps....!