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Topic: First project ever! CD jewelry  (Read 2459 times)
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« on: August 16, 2009 01:29:43 PM »

This is my first post...and my first jewelry project. My mom has been a crafty person all my life, and I never really had any interest. Until recently, that is. Now I just can't get enough!!

These were made out of melted cd's and dvd's. I've got plans for more, but thought I'd post some pics to see if anyone likes them or has some constructive feedback.

P.S. The fumes are NASTY...so I used a toaster oven on a table outside.


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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2009 01:57:17 PM »

Did you cut the pieces then melt them?  and at what temp for how long. AWESOME kinda opaly
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2009 02:47:21 PM »

Those are pretty cool!   Cheesy

Good call doing it outside, those fumes can't be good for you.
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2009 03:25:16 PM »

Wonderful! (I know what you mean about nasty fumes, yuck.)

« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2009 03:25:54 PM »

Really cool...how did you get the colors in there, or did they just naturally do that?

Also, it's a REALLY good thing you did that outside--melting CDs apparently releases cyanide gas.  Shocked
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2009 04:50:25 PM »

I've been reading on here about the nasty fumes, so I asked for a toaster oven for my birthday (just last week). I don't have a kitchen that I can ventilate and I have a cat, so I didn't want to chance any harmful fumes. The toaster oven is perfect for this.

There's tons of tutorials on craftster, so I'm not really going to do another one, but I'll tell you a few things I did:

1. I cut these before I put them in the oven.
2. There are 3 layers to these.
         ~The first layer (on the bottom) is the base color I want. So I picked cd's that were blue, or green or black.
         ~The second layer (middle) is cut up bits of different colored cd's. Some are blank dvd's and cd's that I've microwaved to crackle, some are music cd's that are scratched beyond repair.
         ~The 3rd layer (top) is a blank cd (CD-R) that I cut to the same size as the bottom piece. I scraped almost all of the film layer from it so that it was basically a clear piece of plastic.
3. I baked them in my toaster oven at 450 degrees for about 12 minutes. The time and temp would differ based on what kind of toaster oven you use...and I'm pretty sure it's different if you use an oven.

**Big tip - Cut some test pieces up, pile 'em up and bake. That way you'll know the colors and time it'll take for a real piece of jewelry. You don't want to spend all kinds of time on a piece of jewelry only to burn it or something. Figure out the basics. then start designing.

Oh, and I used a dremel tool to sand the edges a little and drill the hole for the jump rings.

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