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Topic: c.d's & d.v.d.'s, you know, the eff-ups that become coasters  (Read 3095 times)
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« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2006 12:45:26 AM »

CAREFUL!!!! when you smash them, you can get shards (like glass) everywere. I steped on one and boy! It took me darn near a hour (and alota trips to crafters) to save my foot
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2006 12:27:34 PM »

I too have always wanted to do something with cds. Grin
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« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2006 06:15:59 PM »

Isn't room temperature PC already in its glass state?  Would cooling it further really affect it much?

A better question, and another interesting idea - how does it flow with a heat gun?  Can you make cool sculptures?





Just a thought (from my real life as a plastics engineer) Polycarbonate is the material that CD's are made from. its the same stuff thats used in riot shields and safety goggles, etc, so its designed not to break,

but it has two achillies heels,

it is sensitive to scratching, so if you score the CD before you break it, with a sharp point, an awl or nail or something like that, and its also sensitive to temperature. If you make it really cold it should be easier to break (at least thats how the theory goes, some of my students tried this out one frost night with a telephone kiosk, but thats a whole other story)

so scratch it and then put it in the freezer overnight, at the bottom of the freezer so its colder, then smash it with a hammer while still very cold...

let me know how you get on as I havent actually tried this myself!!

Happy smashing
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« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2006 05:51:01 PM »

I've seen people microwave them. They get all crackly and break in random spots. It'd be sweet to see that used as a tile for something.
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« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2007 08:02:14 AM »

Don't forget this thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=8959.0
cuz the possibility of toxic fumes = FUN!

(yeah, I've got melty CD bits on my counter right now...think I'll try the freezer & a zip lock bag to break one before baking next)
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« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2007 06:07:10 PM »

I have a friend who spaced six or seven cd's evenly on some fishing line and hung several strands in the window.  They flash the natural sunlight into the room.  They're kind of mesmerizing.
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« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2007 01:47:35 PM »

Once you have cut them you can put into a melt pot and stamp into them while still hot. Make sure you ink your stamp to protect it and leave till it goes cold before removing it Smiley

I have also stamped in stayzon and stamped and embossed.

Alcohol inks work great and if you put paint like lunar lights between squish and open you get two nice patterns Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2007 06:46:26 AM »

I've used a butane torch on CD's, its quite neat, just make sure that you torch them from the 'play' side.  They melt and wrinkle and you get real neat effects.  You can shatter them with a hammer (I use a ball hammer and a piece of hardwood)  I've never had to freeze them or anything of the sort before breaking them.  After breaking into managable pieces you can use the torch to melt them and to melt them together.  I had an idea to use them, then my husband took my torch away (the clutzy crafter am I lol) 


If you use a butane torch be sure to follow proper saftey guidelines, use a firebrick beneath when melting, wear protective clothing and work in a well ventilated area away from anything flamable.


Isn't room temperature PC already in its glass state?  Would cooling it further really affect it much?

A better question, and another interesting idea - how does it flow with a heat gun?  Can you make cool sculptures?

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« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2007 09:17:48 AM »

then my husband took my torch away
Ha! That's either a potential line to a crafty song parody (thing Beach Boys, ...her daddy took her t-bird away...) or at the very least something to put on a Craftster t-shirt that everyone's personalizing.
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