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« on: April 09, 2009 08:56:02 AM »

Okay...
So these are NOT complete.
But all I need to do is grout them!
I just wanted to show off a few of the many items I made yesterday during a 12-hour crafting binge. These are just the mosaic tiled items, a few frames and a tray - I won't even get into the 40+ jewelry items made from CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, and rulers! I wish the pics captured the fire in the tiles - or it may just be the clear contact paper holding the ties until I grout them...

Here's my fave - the CDs used on this frame were processed until they resemble opals:


This one is made with pieces of a single brand of CD:


This used 2 different brands of CDs:


This tray used a single brand of CDs baked for awhile:


Any suggestions on how I should grout them? I'm thinking maybe paint the frame, glue the tiles on, and give it a thick clearcoat, or use real grout in an earthtone or black. Anyone have a better idea?
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2009 09:23:04 AM »

Have you thought about some kind of resin?  I've never worked with the stuff myself, but it seems great for this kind of project.  You could paint the frames, glue the tiles, then use some kind of resin or shellac to create a smooth surface.  Got no idea if it would work, but that's just the first thing I thought of.
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2009 10:21:23 AM »

How did you cut the cds?  I always get weird random shapes.  I would suggest Medium A, you can find it at an art supply store.  It is similar to resin but WAY less stink/toxic.
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2009 10:22:40 AM »

I think they would look really cool with real grout- I like the juxtaposition of the earthy with the techie.

I also really like the pearly CDs. How did you make those?

It would be cool to have a piece that used the pearly CDs and the regular CDs in some sort of pattern.
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2009 10:27:03 AM »

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What did you do to process the first frame to make it look like opals?
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2009 12:32:35 PM »

I think they are going to be awesome when you are finished. 

However, I will say that if you use regular grout, it will scratch the surface of the CD.  If there's a way to get it in between without getting it on the CD, that would be better.  I'm with KCMonkey.  I'd use resin, or a resin substitute.
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2009 06:21:11 PM »

Instructables is having a green contest you should enter this they look great and it takes no fuel to reuse them as apposed to recycling them.
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2009 03:53:24 PM »

I like your first one the best!

I've been looking into the different ways to bake the CD's and have a couple of nice practice pieces so far. I really wanted to try the different colored discs so I went to the store today (since I have not received one of the annoying AOL cd's in at least 5 years now and don't have very many scratched/unusable cd's laying around) and found a 100 pack of orange-blue-black-red-purple cd's on clearance for $15! I'm so super stoked and have the oven heating up now!
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