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Title: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on July 08, 2004 06:51:40 AM

First posting of something I made with the help of this wonderful group.
go to http://groups.msn.com/InsaneIdeas/crafts.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=12 (http://groups.msn.com/InsaneIdeas/crafts.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=12) (lost in the internet and I don't know how to get it back - sorry)
I took a CD and Nuked it in the microwave for 5 seconds, then cut it with scissors into equal sized pieces, then drilled holes with the dremel tool, and then baked them in my oven at 400 degrees until they started to soften. They go from the iridescence to this wild blue color when they melt. Then I didn't have anything to make a chain out of so I used bead pins to make a chain. My friends want me to make and sell them so I went to the comic book store and asked if they could save me all the throw away cds they get (game CD's are purple) so I will post more when I make them.

Cheers

Inna


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: silencepainter on July 08, 2004 07:02:52 AM
Those are really cool looking.

Did you have any problems microwaving the cd's?  I remember a friend in high school microwaving them for kicks and them sparking like crazy.  Although I guess 5 seconds isn't long enough for them to spark? 

All my little microwave paranoias asside.. I love them, you did a really good job.  I'm going to have to try!
 :)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on July 08, 2004 07:10:51 AM
Spark it did!
I ran around the corner so I didn't have to watch!
I fear electricity unknowns!
The sparking is what makes the background into the squareish shapes, it works if you don't "fry" them too.
They still melt in the oven they are just a solid colour then.

Inna


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: melidomi on July 08, 2004 07:34:07 AM
That is really, really cool!  The color, crackle, and shape you cut the pieces into reminds me of my moms 70s turquoise jewellery. 


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: candycanechild on July 08, 2004 07:38:21 AM
That is absolutely beautiful! It's so professional-looking. You should experiment with different types of CDs. I know that Playstation games (only PS1, not 2) are black on the back. I wonder how that'd turn out. Also, writable CDs for a burner sometimes have a weird tint to them. Not to mention writable DVDs for a burner... those are blue. I'm going to be watching this post for any new pieces you put up. (P.S., I'd bet that a charm bracelet made with these pieces would look awesome!)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: candace on July 08, 2004 09:53:39 AM
Those are awesome! Very unique! I think a charm bracelet would look cute too!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Kjhymn on July 08, 2004 10:03:38 AM
That's very cool. I can't wait to see how other types of CDs work out. I'd love to try this with a black CD-R, but my microwave is older than I am and probably wouldn't withstand the sparkage.
BTW, I love the eye pin chain.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: hana0205 on July 08, 2004 01:36:54 PM
those are truly awesome!
i will definitely be making those when i get home...
but where do they sell cheap chains and wire stuff u need to make a necklace? at ordinary craft stores?



*btw wat is a dremel tool? and is it expensive?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: youhurrywonder on July 08, 2004 02:00:12 PM
that is INSANELY beautiful... and different than anything i have ever seen. did you seal the crackely side with anything. or does it need it?
xoxo


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: shanola2789 on July 08, 2004 04:32:13 PM
This is amazing, it kinda reminds me of that glass fusion stuff that all the beaders are going for @ the moment.  Craziness.. Do you think those crap AOL cds they send in the mail would work? I want to do something with them...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on July 08, 2004 05:12:41 PM
I am just trying the crap AOL ones now. And I forgot about them and burnt them.
Thet turn out clear, but they still look cool.
The blue necklace was from a CD-R that I screwed up on friday.
I am looking for different types to see what colors they come in.
The bead pins should be available in any craft store. they are for making bead dangles I think.

My Mother in Law bought me the dremel tool a few years ago so I don't know how much it is - its a hand held drill, polisher, burnisher - its really cool.
I didn't do anything to the back but i am thinking of glueing them together so that they look the same on both sides.

Happy Crafting
Inna


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: youhurrywonder on July 08, 2004 07:28:18 PM
yay. i made a necklace. with only one cd-r "stone" or whatever we are calling them. it was easy easy easy. you are a genius for thinking of baking them.  the cd-r's blueish color is amazing.  i put some sort of waterbased varnish on the back of mine. i dont think it really needed it though.  i just did it to be on the safe side.

i showed my husband the picture of your necklace, and he said that it looks like one that would be for sale for like an outrageous price on one of those avant-guard jewelry websites. i didnt tell him that it was made of cd's..  ;)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: piratestooge on July 08, 2004 08:15:47 PM
i thought it would be a nice idea to share with you that some x-box video gane cd's are gold on the back, that might look cool with black ones or something. Very awesome necklaces. And good job on braving the spitting microwave, you're a warrior. Watch out though, my friend once blew the door off her micrwave trying something similar, but i think she just left it in waaay too long


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: bkrenning4 on July 09, 2004 10:30:19 PM
I need to try this for some earrings..maybe some chain...ohhh, the ideas!

Thanks for sharing.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: catladysarah on July 09, 2004 10:49:56 PM
it looks like some sort of precious stone.  i love the idea of making adornments out of bits of recycled technology.  kind of cyberpunkish.  i think that i want to try making some sort of hair dealies like that.
the bit about the microwave reminds me of an old story.  when my brother's friend was in college, his dorm had an ancient microwave at the end of the hall, and all the guys that lived on that floor would gather together all the stupid aol disks they could find every month or two, and ceremonially burn them in it.  the creepy thing was that, for some reason, the latch that kept the microwave door closed while it was on was broken, and once a cd blew up and blew the door open with it.  no one knew what to do, because the microwave was set to keep going for, like, five more minutes, and no one wanted to get close enough to turn it off, so they all just kind of went downstairs for a while.  (not that i'm sure that offered any real protection from radiation, but whatever..)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: shanola2789 on July 10, 2004 03:28:28 PM
Ok so earlier today I tried it, and the CD part in the microwave went ok.  But when I went to cut it it started cracking and lots of little pieces went everywhere.  The CD was also really hard (not sure if that's supposed to happen) and I'm afraid I'll ruin the scissors... any help/advice?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on July 11, 2004 11:03:57 AM
I use a really old pair of cheap aluminum scissors, because I didn't want to destroy any of my good ones. I tried to bend a cd once and it shattered into a million tiny razor edged pieces, nasty. Sometimes when I cut it breaks, but i just go with the flow. I am not doing anything different, but i am taking my time, and the scissors are fairly thick bladed, with a serated edge.

I dunno, but have fun trying.

Inna


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: neany on July 11, 2004 01:57:00 PM
I've been using tin snips (the thick scissors that you use to cut sheet metal). I've not had any problems with many breaking at all and I've been doing it for a few months now. The ones that do break are the few recordable dvds I used. I'm not sure if it's the type I had, but they had two layers which would break apart, one of those layers then breaking up a bit as well. Most odd!

But deffinatly I've found cutting slowly is one of the keys. If you're careful you can cut out fancy shapes, I got some pretty red shiney plasticy hearts from a red coloured cd a while ago! When I melted it it went all bubbly inside, very nice effect.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: shanola2789 on July 11, 2004 02:16:49 PM
OK thanks, I'll try some different scissors.  But while I was having my scissor dilemma I just broke the Cd, it was kind of a nice effect because all the pieces were different.

I also decided to be a little different.  I got a metal cookie cutter heart and placed it on some foil which was on a cookie sheet. Then I got little bits and pieces of broken cd and placed them in,  they were layered so you could see different edges and what not.  Then I placed them in the oven for a while.  When I took them out the little pieces and melted themselves together in the shape of a heart, but still held their own original edges.

I'm not sure if that makes any sense, but it looks totally wicked. 


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: neany on July 11, 2004 02:27:05 PM
wow that does make sense and sounds really effective!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: a besoin de parler on July 11, 2004 03:16:21 PM
Would microwaving the cds and then popping them in the oven for one or two minutes and then cutting help?  You could cut before they get sticky but after they are warm.   I dunno, just an idea.  They would probably be softer. Anyone wanna give it a try?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sarahdotcom on July 11, 2004 03:18:08 PM
You should also put a mug of water in with the cds, apparently it's safer that way (it protects your microwave).


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: hana0205 on July 12, 2004 07:59:51 AM
i thought the cd necklace were awesome ideas, so i tryed making a few of the cd beads(?) myself, and when i tried cutting them after they went in the oven, it was even harder then before, so it cracked everywhere when i cut it! but it was ok sizes for small pieces that can be used as charms.

i didn't hav a dremel tool, AND i couldn't find a similar tool at stores like Walmart so i just used my dad's hand drill! i used the one that made the smallest hole, and it successfully made a small hole perfect for it! i hope this helped for anybody (like me) who can't afford to buy a dremel tool

i have some cool ideas, so i'll post pics as soon as i finish them!


*by the way, how exactly did u use the bead pins? i bought some yesterday and they had a loop on one side but didn't have anything on the other like your necklace.. did u bend it to make a loop on the other side?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: trufflegirl on July 12, 2004 08:23:59 AM
That's a gorgeous necklace! We seem to have a never-ending supply of screwed-up CDs, so I'm definitely going to have to give this a try. I don't have a dremel tool, so I'm glad to hear that a small drill bit will work for this.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on July 12, 2004 08:45:18 AM
I bent the bead pin and then made another loop for the next bead pin to go into.



Inna


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: auntie_sheila on July 12, 2004 11:09:03 AM
those are truly awesome!
i will definitely be making those when i get home...
but where do they sell cheap chains and wire stuff u need to make a necklace? at ordinary craft stores?



*btw wat is a dremel tool? and is it expensive?

i actually got some cheap lengths of chain at the home depot. they're all small ball chains, but i assume they have some other types there.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: hana0205 on July 12, 2004 01:17:29 PM
thanks for the helpful diagram Inna!!

and i'll go to buy some chains from home depot to make other bracelets and necklaces


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: bkrenning4 on July 12, 2004 03:14:06 PM
I baked CD's today...They turned out great!  I DID NOT microwave them first, because my husband said if I shorted out or blew up the microwave, that would probably be the end of my crafting.  So, I just put them in the oven on tin foil at 400 degrees.  I kinda lost track of time, but when I returned they were cracked and blue and BEAUTIFUL!  I took a scissors and cut them into triangles and other shapes.

TIP:  You have to cut fast because they harden very quickly.  Also, they have to be just the right "consistency" to cut.  You may need to leave them sit a few seconds so that they harden just a little and you can cut them.  Some of mine hardened too quickly and I just popped them back into the oven...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: catladysarah on July 12, 2004 04:27:59 PM
i put mine in the oven until it got soft and then cut it, and that worked better.  when it started to harden again i would stick it back in to get soft again.  i was using just a normal pair of scissors, though, and it was kind of hard to cut.  i think that next time i'm going to get a pair of tin snips.  i'm still not too sure what i'm going to do with the pieces that i made, though.  i used a cd-r and it came out a really pretty iridescent green with gold on the other side.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: ShesxCrafty on July 12, 2004 06:24:28 PM
totally awesome! great job and idea!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on July 13, 2004 07:55:11 AM
My microwave makes water boil in 40 seconds. I put a cd in for 3 seconds and it didn't do anything. i put a cd in for 5 seconds and it lit up the room. I put ina cd for 7 seconds and it lit up the room and it had brown and black burnt bits. - I think it is just an experiment with your Microwave. My friend gave me a toaster oven for baking my cds outdoors. It will help not having my oven on in these hot okanagan summers.

Inna


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: crazyc on July 15, 2004 08:36:41 PM
Great idea i am making my own tonight!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: powderpuff on July 19, 2004 12:04:31 AM
WOW! Your necklace looks so beautiful like one of those pieces you find at an antique's store or something! Too cool to the extreme! I shall give it a try! ;D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: SunnyBreeze75 on July 19, 2004 11:35:09 AM
Do you know what color those blank cd's will turn? Y'know..the kind that are just..silvery-colored and plain.. I don't have any kind of drill to use..but I'm wondering what just tossing a whole plain cd in will look like =D anyways..great idea!! The jewelry looks amazing xD


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on July 19, 2004 12:54:17 PM
I have only used AOL cd's and CD-r's.
The AOL's and most commercially bought cd's are clear.
The CD-R's are the blue.
I think X-Box games are purple but I haven't found any yet to practise on.
I tossed a whole AOL cd in while the oven was cooling and the edges curled a little and the writting shows up like it has been embossed.
Before I got the dremel I used to drill holes in plastic things with a razor knife or a pointy pair of scissors.
You could also melt a hole in a cd with a large needle, a pair of pliers and a heat source. Stinky and painful - but fun.
I was thinking of adding glass or plastic beads to the clear cds to see what would happen. The glass ones wouldn't change of course, but the plastic ones might meld. I just haven't had time yet.

Inna


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: marinechimp on July 19, 2004 09:39:49 PM
i tried making one tonight, i did one cd that skipped, it started sparking realyl quick... then i put a few more in just to see them spark... the first time i did it i ran away and screamed when it sparked but then they got amazing to watch.  so so so fun to watch. anyway, i used old burned cds becasue they come in every color i have blue, clear, purple, and orange. i havent strung them on a necklace yet so i have a chinese food tin filled with them.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: catladysarah on July 21, 2004 05:24:00 PM
Quote
I think X-Box games are purple but I haven't found any yet to practise on.
i've seen dvd-rom discs that were purple on the back too


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Souldier on July 23, 2004 02:08:21 PM
I decided to try this out with an old scratched up cd-r and I did a few things differently. I nuked it for 15 seconds and then I put it in the oven for 5 minutes at 400. After that I cut out the shape I wanted and filled the edges and put it back in the oven for 5 minutes at 400. This is what came out. I wanted it to be in the shape of a guitar pic but it kind of messed up but I like it none the less.

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v316/Naked_Ninja/home-made/Picture_001.jpg

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v316/Naked_Ninja/home-made/Picture_003.jpg

Thanks for the inspiration.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Serendipity on July 23, 2004 03:31:22 PM
For those of you who only used the oven and did not microwave the cds, do you have any pics? Is it still pretty? My husband will not be happy if I break our microwave.  :P


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on July 24, 2004 12:51:48 PM
Without the microwave thay are blue and bubbly - very cool too!

Inna


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: gypsysoul3 on July 24, 2004 07:32:50 PM
i love these! i sooo can't wait to make them.
my friend gave me a huge spool of cheap-o cd-rs when she moved. they are all kindsa crazy different colors, and since they aren't very quality cds i don't plan on using them to actually burn music on to...so i might as well use tjem for this.
hooray! thanks for the idea!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sheriffkarli on July 25, 2004 10:49:35 AM
whoo hoo, i loved your idea and i just had to try it right away. While i didn't use my microwave (i was scared i would blow it up) i melted them in a mini toaster oven.They bubbled and looked really cool. After drilling holes in them i turned them into neclaces and am already getting compliments! thanks a lot for the great idea!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: abbie on July 25, 2004 11:44:53 AM
 :)so cool!70's looking jewelry rocks!!!it's so funky!i love it! :D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sheriffkarli on July 25, 2004 06:46:46 PM
okay, now i'm addicted, i've been making them practically non-stop! thanks a ton for the time filler.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: SunnyBreeze75 on July 25, 2004 07:37:38 PM
I did it without the microwave and it didn't really turn out as well as I thought =\..and I know I must've done something wrong or have crappy cd's because I do believe I'm the first person to post on this thread, that's disapppointed with the results. It kinda..just..wrinkled up. It looked almost like that shiny wrapping paper you get that gets a little wrinkled, it wasn't anywhere near as cool as the pictures I've seen posted here, and the blue stuff started peelling off almost like paper...so I did ask persmission to blow things up in the microwave and hopefully it'll make it look better.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sheriffkarli on July 28, 2004 03:08:53 PM
humm, mine came out okay, i'll post some pictures when i get some!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: gypsysoul3 on July 29, 2004 10:15:27 PM
mine turned out ok too...though i did notice the "flaking" off that someone mentioned--but i think that's b/c i had it in for  too long.
i found a cd in a parking lot today, it's partially cracked, and has crazy scratched--it probably got run over, but i can't wait to see how it turns out after i nuke it and bake it!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: hana0205 on August 16, 2004 08:00:08 AM
i was wondering what kind of tool you use to make a loop on the other end of a bead pin..
all i have at home is a pair of really old rusty pliers... which obviously doesn't do any good..
so, what tool works best?



ps. i made a charm bracelet(ish) thing about a week ago and loving it!  i'll post a pic as soon as i find the digital camera...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on August 17, 2004 08:42:45 AM
I bought myself a pair of round nose pliers for $10 (canadian) at the local bead store. I have seen the same ones at walmart for about the same. I used needlenose pliers for years, they take a bit longer to form the loops but you can get them to look the same.


Inna


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: purevitality on August 17, 2004 03:22:16 PM
I just tried mine... it actually didn't turn out blue.  I'm not sure why that is, any idea?  But really, I have so much to thank you for! I was stuck babysitting my younger brother, 7 year old cousin and my brothers friend! After a run away attempt, trashing the house and several time outs, I finally pulled this out and got them to sit down!  We had some problems, no way to really attach the cd pieces to the chains I had.  It all worked out though! And now I've got a great new necklace... Thanks so much!

Love,
Rae
P.S. Oh! That flaking?  I found that you can just use clear packing tape on the side with the label, just stick it over and cut it into the shape.  It works really well...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: LittleRab9 on August 19, 2004 10:18:44 PM
I have a weird question.  When you stick it in the oven, does it make the house smell funky?   ???


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: neany on August 20, 2004 06:55:14 AM
Not if you don't leave it in too long


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: oo00blu00oo on August 21, 2004 09:36:17 PM
is it really safe to heat the cds on your microwave? ???


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sarahdotcom on August 21, 2004 09:55:20 PM
is it really safe to heat the cds on your microwave? ???

Just put it in with a mug of water to absorb the rays.  That's not exactly a scientific explanation, but that's what's recommended.

For some real fun, put a mug of water and a lightbulb in a microwave.  I won't tell you what happens, it'll spoil the surprise!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: DancingDiva on August 26, 2004 08:08:01 AM
OK So I read the thread, got alllll excited, and snagged a couple of bad-burn DVDs from work. (We were jsut going to destroy them anyway).  7 seconds in my weakass microwave and they are crackled to very cool perfection.

My DVD's are ruby-colored.  I haven't cut them or drilled them or anything, just got the "crackling" done last night.

What's really funny is that the other geek (besides me) who sits with me is all excited. Now he wants to see what I make when I get done with them. hehehe. I think I'll make a bracelet for his wife or something.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: slone on September 02, 2004 11:34:57 AM
I made one this morning.
I love it!

http://images.snapfish.com/33%3B737%3A323232%7Ffp64%3Dot%3E232%3B%3D57%3C%3D723%3DXROQDF%3E23235%3C3648%3A%3C5ot1lsi

However, I being just so smart burnt my fingers a good few times when I put them in the oven.  :-\


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: gypsysoul3 on September 02, 2004 12:49:24 PM
are those straws? or clear beads? straws is an ingenious idea. tee.hee. looks lovely!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: slone on September 02, 2004 01:05:38 PM
Clear tubes that I found today!
When I saw them I was like,
"Oh man, I so have to make that CD neckless!"


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: gypsysoul3 on September 02, 2004 05:43:15 PM
clear tube-ing, huh? awesome! great idea!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on September 02, 2004 06:11:14 PM
Fabulous necklace slone!


Inna


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: hana0205 on September 03, 2004 09:52:11 AM
so here are the pics!


made it a couple weeks ago and now my favorite bracelet!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: gypsysoul3 on September 03, 2004 10:36:29 AM
That looks AWESOME! way to go! i love that.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Early Bird Special on September 03, 2004 01:30:42 PM
Ok, this project is *so* going to be in the featured projects section, if not, that's MADNESS!  I love everyone's projects! 
I can't wait to try one too. 
xoxo
Amy


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: brokenclown on September 04, 2004 11:32:16 AM
I would love to see more pictures of these things. I want to try it but I don't want to get electrocuted. We have already went through 2 microwaves.  :o

I was just wondering, how the heck would you think of something like this? lol. This puzzles me just as much as the fact of how we would get the idea to get milk from cows... "Let's just pull on these and see what happens" lol.  ;D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on September 06, 2004 08:33:53 PM
I can't remember how I thought of this - It had to be another thread on this group of amazing minds - and I am just a jewelry freak, and make everything into jewelry. I think it had something to do with a cd door or a wall hanging. It was before yesterday - and I just can't remember that far back. i have a great memory .....it's just extremely short!

Inna


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: craftpunk on September 06, 2004 09:54:55 PM
It is really funny how people think of these sorts of things.  I've been putting random things in the oven to melt them for a while now, and I had stumbled upon the utter awesomeness of melted CDs a while back, i figured if records melted, CDs would do something equally cool.  it's great to see other people coming to the same conclusions and making such awesome stuff.  i'll have to post some of mine when i get a good picture taken.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: wootwoot on September 06, 2004 11:11:24 PM
Ooh, I really like those greeny ones. 


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: ParanoidEv on September 07, 2004 10:52:52 AM
Looks great, I'm thinking of making them too, but then make a hanging mobile of all the pieces


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: kf on September 07, 2004 02:42:43 PM
this is my first post, but ive been lurking for a while. i saw this topic and tried it this morning. i baked it instead of microwaving, since i was afraid i would blow up the microwave or something, but it came out pretty good. if u want to c the picture, heres a link (http://smartone2001.freewebpage.org/Xangafiles/PICT0150.jpg). (my host wont let me link the pics :( )


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: hana0205 on September 07, 2004 05:56:44 PM
Ooh, I really like those greeny ones.

i dunno if you were referring to my bracelets but the two pics are actually the same ones... it was probably just the different angles to lighting or something...
still not mastered this digital cam thing!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Nelly on September 07, 2004 06:07:47 PM
Hey, I've been thinking about making some earrings like this but I had a few questions.
First, the microwave makes the cd crackle right?
If you put the cup of water in with it will it still spark ?
Do you cut the shape you want to end up with before or after the oven?

If anyone could help that wouldbe great. thanks!

-Nelly


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: phunkymonkeythread on September 07, 2004 06:40:54 PM
hana0205 ~ what disks did you use to get the green color for your bracelet?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on September 07, 2004 07:56:38 PM
It is really funny how people think of these sorts of things.  I've been putting random things in the oven to melt them for a while now, and I had stumbled upon the utter awesomeness of melted CDs a while back, i figured if records melted, CDs would do something equally cool.  it's great to see other people coming to the same conclusions and making such awesome stuff.  i'll have to post some of mine when i get a good picture taken.

That was it! I was reading the threads on melting records and I didn't have any - so I melted what I had - CD's!!

Now I remember!

Inna


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: phunkymonkeythread on September 08, 2004 11:19:50 AM
Has anyone had any problems with the CD-R's flaking when you cut them? The silver section does not cut as nicely as the commercial cds but when it is crackled it does not look bad. But pieces are sticking on my fingers when I cut it & peel off, leaving the clear plastic....
Thanks! ~Tiffany


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: shinycopperpenny on September 09, 2004 07:50:41 PM
hey this idea was great!!! I made a necklace the other day and i wore it to school today and everyone loved it so much....they asked me where i bought it!! i told them i made it and how to do it and told them to go online here and check out all the awesome ideas!! yeah more recruits possibly!!!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: oo00blu00oo on September 10, 2004 01:44:33 AM
those purple cd pieces are so cool! i asked my mom if could microwave cds and she asked me if doing that could affect our microwave...umm..so what do you guys thing?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: abinka on September 10, 2004 04:06:15 AM
I'm really interested in trying this out, but I was wondering, if I cut the CDs into pieces before hand, would it still work? It just seems like it would be easier to cut them before heating them... let me know. I've been itching to try my hand at jewelry but was turned off at how ridiculously expensive the beads at the bead store are.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: hana0205 on September 13, 2004 02:02:23 PM
hana0205 ~ what disks did you use to get the green color for your bracelet?


hi
sorry for the really really late reply!
i just used a re-writable cd that had a greenish blue colour to it for my bracelet


ps. those purple pieces are truly awesome!! what are you thinking of making with them?
 if only i could find some purple cds...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: shanola2789 on September 13, 2004 02:54:26 PM
ariel~ how in the world did you get the pieces so even and the edges so straight???  That is crazy.. all mine are messed up, but I would really like some even ones.

<3 Shannon


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Rebel on September 13, 2004 07:11:14 PM

 What do you put the cd's on in the oven? Just curious!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: phunkymonkeythread on September 14, 2004 04:18:43 AM
I just laid a sheet of aluminum foil over on a pan... worked pretty well!. I can see that someone used an aluminum plate too  ;) I think these work well because they cool down a lot quicker than a pan & so you can pull them off quicker ~ and you don't have to worry about gunking up a pan.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: chinesetakeout76 on September 18, 2004 08:18:05 AM
With some of mine, I skipped the microwave bit and stuck them in the oven, but not long enough to bubble. I rubbed them with some of my dad's sandpaper and was pleased to find they looked like shells almost.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Sew Lucky on September 23, 2004 04:41:45 PM
 :o I saw your necklace and thought WOW! I am going to have to try that. Again what a beautaful necklace. ;)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on September 23, 2004 06:48:28 PM
Thank you!



Inna


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Poprocksandcoke on September 25, 2004 12:08:10 PM
I tried.. Ah, Sweet failure.
http://csgvf.url.cjb.net/


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: bluefairy on September 26, 2004 08:34:27 PM
This sounds like an absolutely awesome idea! However, you might want to check first on the safety of the actual CD?  I found the following info on another site and it might be worth checking into.
(PS....on the site,the info is about halfway down on the page.)

http://www.hintsandthings.co.uk/musichall/CDroms.htm
The website said:
CAUTION - I have received the following warning from Elliot Clayton regarding heating CDs in the oven:

"I was reading about what to do with spare cds or cd roms, and one suggestion involved putting them in the oven to melt them.  This can be dangerous because the silver dye is toxic.  When the plastic melts in the oven, there will be no protection for this layer of dye."


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Sheila on September 30, 2004 05:22:27 PM
*le gasp!* these are so spiffy! I have to try these!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on September 30, 2004 05:40:50 PM
Thanx for the tip! I have been using an old toaster oven outside - not my inside oven. This was because our summer was soooo freakin hot and not because of poisoning issues. I will continue using the oven outside for this now though.

thanx
Inna


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: floridadreamin5 on October 01, 2004 07:13:36 AM
those are neat,Im wondering though can you ruin your microwave when it sparks?The sparks scare me....but great work I love it and will try one. :D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: rosemariew on December 02, 2004 08:49:22 AM
i am new to this forum i would like to know if you put something under the cd when you put in the microwave or if anyone has experimented with putting a cover over it to make it so it doesnt spark. I know when i cut a cd to make angels i use a wood burning tool and that way i can cut it easy and i can smooth out the edge.

i love the necklace that you made.

have a great day crafting


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on December 03, 2004 08:37:00 AM
great idea with the wood burning tool - i will have to try that.
I have stopped zapping the cd's in the microwave - i am now trying to make beads out of little pieces of the cd's by wrapping them around a darning needle - no luck yet.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: pixelpusher on December 03, 2004 03:08:55 PM
How long do you "cook" them for?   ???  I love the look of the original necklace, the blue color that came out is fab... My CDs didnt produce that color at all.... I used an AOL CD and a HP brand CDR.  Neither came out blue and neither lost thier hologrammy look... The CDR did turn a little blueish, but never lost the holo look.  I got frusterated and left them in there for quite some time, btu then they got all deformed..  help? What brand CDRs were used in the original?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on December 03, 2004 04:49:42 PM
I don't remember what brand - it was blue to start with - i think it was a no name or a cheap version my office bought.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: minderkin on December 03, 2004 04:53:39 PM
Wow! I have some old cds that are definately going to be recycled into this. Thanks for the great idea!!!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Chillychick on December 03, 2004 06:13:31 PM
So by baking cd's they become toxic? Or is the fumes?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: pixelpusher on December 03, 2004 07:40:10 PM
ok...
Apparently Verbatim brand are blue like that... 
But how long did you put them in the oven for?


and by the way- the toxic thing HAS to be an urban legend. If CDs emitted toxins when heated we'd have a big problem since that's how data gets on CDs.. hence "burn a CD".  Something to send to that Mythbusters show I think...  I couldn't find anything on the net validating that anything to do with a CD is toxic.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: psychodrea on December 04, 2004 12:05:37 AM
acutally i have a feeling that the toxic stuff is under a layer of plastic, and when it melts it brings some of it to the surface where you would touch it.  but that's just my guess. 


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Chillychick on December 04, 2004 10:46:40 AM
Quote
the toxic thing HAS to be an urban legend. If CDs emitted toxins when heated we'd have a big problem since that's how data gets on CDs..

True. Oh well, If I pass out from fumes it's worth it....  :D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: geekette on May 31, 2005 01:16:48 PM
i tried this.  It id getting addicting.  ;D

the sparks dont phase me (they just look cool), but i am scaredto death of the fumes! I have to keep the windows and doors open while doing this so i cant smell them.  ::)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: maui_the_witch on June 01, 2005 04:32:13 PM
these are awesome inna!

thanks for the inspiration. Ran off to do them today with a black cdr from memorex and they turned out snazzy. Like dark looking but when the sun hits it, it turns crackly deep red. Very pretty. Shall post pics when i get my digi cam working.

5 seconds of microwaving and then a few minutes of the oven. How long did you put them in to get them wildly blue? O.o ???


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on June 01, 2005 05:08:18 PM
The blue was just the cd - and to the previous question of how long to put them in the oven...I have an extremely short attention span  - so I forgot about them actually, so they melted quite a bit. The edges were completely rounded. I have been wanting to try an xbox game cd they are supposedly purple.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: :Femme Fatale: on June 03, 2005 06:15:36 AM
I just tried this, they turned out ok.. but I gave up when I started to be stunk out of the kitchen.. so yes there are fumes. :(


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: cheesepuff on June 03, 2005 01:21:07 PM
I seen this a while back and so I had to try it.  I used a blue CD and didn't risk the microwaving....but I guess I didn't leave it in the oven too long because I had no problems with the fumes   heres what mine turned out like   I was pleased  :) 



Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: hermindsgoing on June 03, 2005 02:31:23 PM
sweet.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: flrtingwdisaster on June 03, 2005 02:38:34 PM
those are pretty darn neat.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: julieQ on June 10, 2005 05:58:25 PM
really cool idea!!   Suggestion>>>you can use a heat gun-the kind you use for embossing-it should help soften cds so you can cut them easier.  Luv the blue and green ones! 


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: bowlordie on June 10, 2005 09:14:43 PM
i have made about three of these. they are great for gifts. fun and easy.  thanks for the idea!!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lady_vampiresa on June 12, 2005 10:53:51 AM
great! we're all baking cds now xD


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: poto_fan on August 10, 2005 01:34:30 PM
I just tried that. When the cd sparked, it scared the mother efin daylights outta me! then when i took it out, it smelled really really really bad. ITS SO COOL! I didnt have the gut to put it in the oven, so i painted it with a metallic blue paint then wiped away all the excess. It looks so! cool! i only have one pendant on my necklace though, and it's not finished yet. THANKS!!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: mrs.benjimadden on August 10, 2005 04:08:13 PM
That is a really cool necklace.  Does it spark when you put it in the oven too?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: me_and_a_gun18 on August 10, 2005 04:11:52 PM
that is a great idea, i really like the blue, hope your business works out


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: LUBEE on September 01, 2005 03:15:59 AM
do you have to put the CD in the microwave or is that just to make the CD easier to cut?
can i skip the microwave, cut them and go straight to the oven?
will putting the CD in the microwave with a cup of water stop the sparks?
what happens when you put a light bulb in the microwave with water?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: poto_fan on September 01, 2005 05:45:08 AM
puting the cd in the microwave gives it the little squarish-pattern. putting it in the oven makes it blue, but i didnt put mine in the oven, cuz i was scared enough byt the sparks from the microwave


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: LUBEE on September 01, 2005 07:08:36 PM
putting the CD in the microwave gives it the little squarish-pattern. putting it in the oven makes it blue, but i didn't put mine in the oven, cuz i was scared enough byt the sparks from the microwave
i was so scared to put them in the micorwave. i pushed the start button and ran.
but they dont spark inn the oven because you can normally put things made of metal in the oven.
i left mine in the microwave for a bit to long they started to brown.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: LUBEE on September 01, 2005 07:40:05 PM
TEALISH...GREENISH
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/15130143001.jpg


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: poto_fan on September 01, 2005 07:44:09 PM
oook. my sister thought i was CRAZY putting a cd in the microwave. I didnt want her to think i was stupid, so i was trying to ide it, then ZAPPPP!!! and i jump 10 feet in the air she replies, what the heck are you doin'? i reply, makin a necklace"ok" i take it our-"you put a cd in the microwave!? "ummm--yea"


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: epilepticlemur on September 01, 2005 08:48:51 PM
These are all so awesome.  Some friends showed me what microwaving/baking  a cd looks like, but they didn't have any cool ideas to use them.  I'll have to do this sometime when I'm the only one home.  They might complain of the smell. 


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: RadioActive on September 02, 2005 04:06:31 PM
My boyfriend told me that the one time he tried to microwave a CD, his microwave ended up ruined. Do you think this  is just because he left it in too long? I am worried that I am going to ruin my microwave and end up having to buy a new one for my parents.
And also- Does putting the CD in the oven create awful fumes?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: xcaret on September 03, 2005 09:36:34 AM
oh my gosh these is awsome!! i must to try even  am a little scared about the microwave thing, these look like a dichroic glass (if i spelled right).


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: xcaret on September 03, 2005 09:47:00 AM
LUBEE what kind of cd did you use to get the green color?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: LUBEE on September 03, 2005 12:58:30 PM
LUBEE what kind of cd did you use to get the green color?
sony cd-r high speed


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: rach-i-poo on September 04, 2005 02:52:35 AM
that looks so freakin hot!!!

i have the perfect idea for one, and found the perfect cd (the back is like bright blue) ... but i'm too much of a wuss to put it in the microwave...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: LUBEE on September 04, 2005 05:13:43 AM
My boyfriend told me that the one time he tried to microwave a CD, his microwave ended up ruined. Do you think this  is just because he left it in too long? I am worried that I am going to ruin my microwave and end up having to buy a new one for my parents.
And also- Does putting the CD in the oven create awful fumes?
there was a little bit of a funky smell that came from the microwave but only for a second. i think you only need to put them in for 10 seconds i put mine in for 15 and it started to brown.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Elsie_2007 on September 04, 2005 02:42:40 PM
That is just the coolest thing, I've seen. I want to try it so bad. but I have this major problem, how do I make holes into it without the dremel tool. I tried to do it with a pair or scissors but the piece slip and the edge of the Cd gave me a cut.  ??? Does anyone have another method to make holes on it. Thanks and again GREAT JOB!  ;D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sparkles on September 05, 2005 06:55:54 AM
wow! these are really cool - i've tried it and it works! amazing. Anyway I just wanted to say that if you go on ebay (well, at least the UK one) you can look up 'coloured CDs' and buy mix packs of all different coloured cds - red, orange, purple blue...just thought you might all like to know...more experiments...woohoo :D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: rach-i-poo on September 06, 2005 02:15:45 AM
Elsie, i think if you heat a needle so it's red, then you can melt a hole in the plastic without breaking anything, or cutting yourself...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: racehorse87 on September 12, 2005 07:43:27 PM
I saw this and just had to try it. I made some earrings with the microwave method (no pic yet, sorry), and a necklace with the oven method.  ;D



Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: roxybadoxy on September 12, 2005 07:58:40 PM
i can never get it blue like that!!! how do you do it?!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: tinytallgirl on September 12, 2005 09:12:58 PM
I saw this and just had to try it. I made some earrings with the microwave method (no pic yet, sorry), and a necklace with the oven method.  ;D

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/37779cd_necklace.jpg

Gorgeous ;D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: racehorse87 on September 12, 2005 09:15:18 PM
i can never get it blue like that!!! how do you do it?!

The CD has to be blue to start with. Most of the ones you buy burned already (ie: music CDs) are silver, but the ones that you burn yourself often have blue bottoms. Apparently gaming CD's have purple bottoms.

If it doesn't have the color already, I'm not sure what you can do about it.  :-\

tinytallgirl: Thank you!!  :D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: stoliedina on September 12, 2005 09:21:33 PM
Simply amazing! What a great b-day present for all of my gal pals...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: roxybadoxy on September 13, 2005 10:36:33 AM
i can never get it blue like that!!! how do you do it?!

The CD has to be blue to start with. Most of the ones you buy burned already (ie: music CDs) are silver, but the ones that you burn yourself often have blue bottoms. Apparently gaming CD's have purple bottoms.

If it doesn't have the color already, I'm not sure what you can do about it.  :-\

tinytallgirl: Thank you!!  :D


thanx so much! i just thought there was something wrong with the way i was doing it..


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: xcaret on September 13, 2005 12:38:44 PM
racehorse87 what a beautiful necklace! with what did you cut the cd and were there a difference between the microwave and the oven method?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: racehorse87 on September 13, 2005 01:35:58 PM
racehorse87 what a beautiful necklace! with what did you cut the cd and were there a difference between the microwave and the oven method?

Thank you!

I cut the cd with regular scissors. Just be sure to cut slowly and carefully. Don't rush it or it might crack or something.

The microwave method creates a bunch of cracks and fissures in the aluminium coating on the CD, making the finished pieces look kind of like mosaics. If you look at page 1, the pieces done by Inna were in the microwave. Using the microwave makes fumes and it also sparks while it's in there. From what I read, 3-5 seconds should be plenty and it's safer if you place the CD on top of a mug full of water. This still might not be a good thing to put in a microwave where you will later cook food as toxins (or whatever makes that smell) may build up.

The oven method makes the pieces look kind of wrinkly, bubbly, and generally aquatic. I put it on a piece of tin foil at 400 degrees F. The texture of the foil kind of translates to the CD as it softens, and later hardens. I didn't put it in for very long - it softens very quickly. This also creates fumes. (Be sure to open windows, and try taking the CD outdoors to cool down.)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: amsb4 on September 13, 2005 03:21:12 PM
are the fumes from the oven dangerous? my mom wont let me do it if they are


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Chellechan on September 14, 2005 09:28:39 AM
You can indeed wreck your microwave, or reduce its functionality. Read here for more info: http://www.chemistryquestion.com/English/Questions/ChemistryInDailyLife/23c_microwave_metal.html (http://www.chemistryquestion.com/English/Questions/ChemistryInDailyLife/23c_microwave_metal.html)
(Basically, metals don't absorb the waves - then the waves bounce back to the part that generates them and heats it up, which deteriorates it)

Buuut... if you had an extra old microwave, or picked one up at a yard sale or something...  ;D

I used to work at a rubber stamp shop and we used heat guns on cd chunks covered in thick embossing powder and then stamp a texture. That looks cool. If you set the CD on a brick or old piece of tile and heated it for a good while, it would probably start to soften and melt too. Now that I'm reading about the toxic fumes and stuff, I'd definitely do it outside.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Lethargic on September 15, 2005 10:56:09 AM
GR! I want to try this, but our old microwave we had for 25 years just died yesterday and my mom bought a brand new one. I would die if i broke the new microwave! lol!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Chellechan on September 15, 2005 12:50:41 PM
I don't know about your microwave, but my folks had one for like 25 years that died.. All that was wrong, was that some fuse inside blew. We didn't even bother to replace the fuse, just bridged it with some tinfoil. (scary huh!) We figured if it blew up again, we'd get a new one. That was enough to make it last a few more years.  :D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: christinaent on September 15, 2005 04:13:00 PM
oh wow what an incredible idea.. i'm baking mine right now, hopefully it comes out well!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: christinaent on September 15, 2005 05:04:58 PM
Okie, so I baked my CD and it came out pretty cool. So onto making the actual necklace. This part involves drilling and finding wire and all that stuff that this crafster is waaay too lazy for. So I used an old necklace I was about to throw out.

Old Necklace:


Metal Piece:


Tools:


Final Product:


I especially like it because the pieces are quite a bit larger than in the original, and I tend to like more chunky stuff. If I could do it again, I'd probably round out the corners more.


Thanks Inna for this wonderful idea and tutorial!!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: TheSupy on September 15, 2005 05:29:14 PM
It looks awesome. One question though, do CD's have any lead or any skin irratating chemicals? Because I have slightly sensitive skin and lead is just not good so I was wondering...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: racehorse87 on September 15, 2005 05:29:38 PM
Oooooo, I love what you've done with it christinaent. The colors look really rich.  :)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: rumrasin033003 on September 15, 2005 05:41:41 PM
Just got a people pc disk in the mail today! Yippee! can't wait to give it a try!!! If I manage, these are totally christmas gift material!!!

WOO HOO!!!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Chellechan on September 15, 2005 07:02:46 PM
ROTFL It's funny to get so excited about junk mail!  ;D Please AOL! Send me your stupid CDs so I can make sweet necklaces out of them! heehee


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: waterpolocathy on September 25, 2005 12:17:45 PM
those are so great!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: mix tape robot on September 25, 2005 12:25:46 PM
 i made one with hearts:] the only thing is i ran out of jump rings so I havent connected them all to the bracelet yet. But its not really gonna be different after, so here it is right now:



thankyouuuuu inna!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: rubyflame on September 26, 2005 07:06:11 PM
that is really neat.

btw, my name is inna too:)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on September 26, 2005 07:13:59 PM
my name is inna too:)

too cool!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: thetalentedmrrip on October 11, 2005 01:50:14 PM
mine are cooling now and i put coloredbeads on them that look sooo awesome! i'll post a pic when theyre done


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on October 11, 2005 07:26:42 PM
i can't wait to see them!!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: snowflake on October 18, 2005 07:33:11 PM
Such an interesting idea   ;D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: daydreamer on October 19, 2005 02:09:16 PM
I LOVE THE HEARTS!!!!!!

But wouldn't the CD edges be sharp? Wouldn't want anyone to cut themselves....


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lovemylabs on October 29, 2005 06:06:48 PM
I tried the oven method first.  The cd's look bubbly and a bit winkled, not as pretty as the ones posted.  Any suggestions?  Also, the fumes gave me a headache and a funny taste in my mouth. 


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: jojobeans on October 30, 2005 12:39:51 AM
haha this has been one of the scariest things ive ever done. ya never know, yr house or oven just might blow up and catch on fire or something. my oven's at least 15 year's old and bleh. but anyway, do you think these are worth keeping and making into jewelry? they remind me of atlantis and mermaids or something. lol  :P 
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v318/heartk0re/000_0048.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v318/heartk0re/000_0043.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v318/heartk0re/000_0041.jpg

crappy camera and i couldnt get the lighting any better.  :-\


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: racehorse87 on October 30, 2005 11:34:14 AM
Definitely keep and use them! They look lovely. Try incorporating wire and other mediums with them.  :)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: jojobeans on October 30, 2005 01:56:23 PM
ok thanks! i cant stop making them. hellooooo ebay. lol


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Gildedlilly on October 30, 2005 03:51:22 PM
Oooh! You can buy ones with all sorts of different colors on them! I have- black, purple, orange, red, yellow, green, blue. I think. Only half of them belong to me, though. I'll see how they come out!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: jojobeans on October 30, 2005 04:55:30 PM
yeah i just had purple, blue, green, black and white. :P but i think ill just stop making them since i read about the dangerous chemicals and fumes from putting them in the oven and microwave.  :( lol. i wonder what their health hazard regulations or whatever are in the factories that make stuff like this are. gas masks and ventilation i guess.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Gildedlilly on October 30, 2005 05:22:56 PM
Ok, so I made a set out of an old cd that had been used for some backup years ago and wasn't RW, so useless, and in the end I glued five of the six to a strip of denim left over from making a bag out of an old pair of jeans, and it came out awesome. I'll post pics soonish.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Gildedlilly on October 30, 2005 07:34:32 PM


Whoo! Picture-ness!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: jojobeans on October 30, 2005 07:41:58 PM
looks awesome! i still dont know how im gonna arrange mine yet and sand it and crap. im pretty much just procrastinating. eh. lol


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: christinaent on October 31, 2005 11:20:06 AM
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/41900IMG_0012.jpg

Whoo! Picture-ness!

that's pretty awesome! does it poke you at all?
ps - you look exactly like mena suvari in that pic!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: wittyandcreativex on November 01, 2005 08:52:21 PM
So you put the cd in the oven for 5 minutes correct?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: evil-gnome on November 01, 2005 09:15:37 PM
that is so freaking cool! I gotta try that!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: racehorse87 on November 01, 2005 09:24:45 PM
So you put the cd in the oven for 5 minutes correct?

Not even. It really doesn't take very long. I just kept peeking until it looked liquidy.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: ViCkY on November 03, 2005 03:45:39 PM
so if i put a cup of water in the microwave with the cd it won't spark at all?

i got some useless cd's that im willing to turn into something pretty...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sweetjaime on November 03, 2005 05:45:04 PM
I love this idea, but i had a hard time cutting teh cds with sizzors. Anyone know a good trick to getting all the edges smooth, and the corners a bit rounded? When i put them in the oven, it really doesnt soften any ofthe edges.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: racehorse87 on November 03, 2005 07:43:58 PM
so if i put a cup of water in the microwave with the cd it won't spark at all?

i got some useless cd's that im willing to turn into something pretty...

Apparently it's safer. It may still spark ... I haven't tried. I wouldn't suggest microwaving it in the same microwave you use to cook your food. Toxic fumes aren't good for the health.

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I love this idea, but i had a hard time cutting teh cds with sizzors. Anyone know a good trick to getting all the edges smooth, and the corners a bit rounded? When i put them in the oven, it really doesnt soften any ofthe edges.

I just use scissors and cut slowly. Just cut tiny little bits off the corners until they approach a rounded shape.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: mikalaka on November 04, 2005 11:59:24 AM
i may have already replied to this but if i havent, this is awesome.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: ViCkY on November 04, 2005 02:06:35 PM
thanks, so to get the 'crackled' look, you have to put it in the microwave?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: d on November 04, 2005 06:36:15 PM
Hey, i love making unusual jewelery. I showed my husband the 'blue necklace' and he came home with a new microwave, just so I'd have one for crafting. (sweet, I know) Anyway i tried this, and although my kids thought the sparking was cool, it didn't work so good. I nuked it for 5 seconds, cut it apart and got the holes drilled in nicely. During the baking is where I think it fluked, the pieces are all curled, look neat but don't lay flat. Any suggestions? d


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: racehorse87 on November 05, 2005 10:16:14 AM
The crackled look is done in the microwave, yes.

d, are just the edges curled, or the whole thing? If it's just the edges, I would just not use that part. When I did mine in the oven, it curled.

Are you using the coffee cup method and it curls down? I actually didn't use the cup when I tried, so I'm not sure what can be done about that.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: d on November 05, 2005 01:02:31 PM
I tried a couple more and they turned out better. I don't know what the coffee cup method is. I'll keep practicing and if nothing else, i have some cool stuff for collage. d


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: racehorse87 on November 05, 2005 02:07:21 PM
Some people place the CD on top of a glass coffee cup full of water. Apparently it's safer, but I don't really know if it is or why.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Haylie on November 05, 2005 05:30:37 PM
hmm, so torn on if i should do this...i read all 18 pages and for the first 8 or so i was thinking i'd definitely try it, but now i'm not so sure...if it were my house and my microwave I would!!

...hm, i wonder if an kids easy-bake oven would work instead of the microwave part...?  I like the squares, so i'd hate to skip that...and i have a woodburner with a "hot knife" attachment i could cut the cds with...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lovemylabs on November 05, 2005 11:44:00 PM
The "coffee cup full of water" method did not work too good for me.  I had to "cook" the cd in the microwave for like 15 seconds before anything would crackle.  When I put the cd directly on the revolving plate (came with the microwave) the cd crackled very nicely after 3 seconds.

Tomorrow I am going to attempt to cut the cd with my wood burner.  Wish me luck.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: racehorse87 on November 06, 2005 10:25:04 AM
I hope it goes well. It might get all melty and stuck to the burner, no?

I actually used regular scissors to cut mine. I just did it very slowly.  :-\


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sweetjaime on November 06, 2005 11:40:26 AM
Heres a pic of the one i just made!



What do you all think??


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Haylie on November 06, 2005 04:53:47 PM
Ooh, sweetjaime..so pretty!! What method did you use?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: rumrasin033003 on November 06, 2005 05:33:58 PM
OK, I've read through a little, and I think I'm confused... do I cut up the pieces pre or post baking?

Thanks!!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sweetjaime on November 06, 2005 05:40:06 PM
Ooh, sweetjaime..so pretty!! What method did you use?

Thanks!

I put mine on a paper towel, and micor'd it for 3 secs ( one spark thats it) I tried it previously and micro'd it for 5 secs and it browned a bit! Then i cut the pieces slowly, drilled the holes and baked on foil in a 400degree oven for maybe 5 minutes. I also protected mine with a glossy acrylic spray too. HTH
Ive also got a purple one ( made from a dvd) on my etsy site www.bluejeanbaby.etsy.com

Jaime


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: kousagi on November 07, 2005 11:52:17 AM
The trick is to use someone you don't likes microwave when they're not home  ;D

There were some fumes mostly from the oven bit but I had the extracter fan turned on and in advance planning also brought a freestanding fan into the kitchen to blow the fumes away from me and toward the exit.

It's not that bad I just wanted to be careful.

I used 2 CDs a plain one no backing and one with blue &white backing.

I put the first CD in for 3 seconds I put a cup of water in with it (off to the side not directly under it) it sparked and crackled fine but I wanted more crackling so I put the next one in for 5 seconds.

I messed up trying to cut them into even peices though so I ended up just cutting them any old how :(

Then I realised I didn't know how long to leave them in the oven for so I just put them on foil on a tray and kept the oven light on so I could peek.

They were in about 2-3 min but I got nervous they'd burn so I maybe could have left them longer?

I haven't made them into anything yet but here's a pic of my results.
Sorry for the crappy scan I don't have a digital camera anymore.



I'd definately try again with more colours and different ways of cutting them up.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: flyleaf_lvr on November 08, 2005 06:49:08 AM
Oh. My. Gosh. That is so awesome. I am staring in awe and drooling on the keyboard at your wonderful geniusness. Wow.   :o


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Morning Star on November 15, 2005 11:40:27 PM
i'm so excited i found this!! it's so so beautiful.
i didn't read every post, but i saw a couple times people were concerned about blowing up their microwaves.
has something bad happened, or is everyone just worried?
it seems if some people did it, it shouldn't be a problem, right?
are they metal?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Cocoa Kitten on November 16, 2005 04:21:09 AM
I tried this about a week ago now and it was so awesome!  However, my cd didn't change colors in the oven.  What did I do wrong?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sara_uk on November 16, 2005 05:42:40 AM
Ok, so heres are my attempts at this...I figured out that cutting the cd into shapes first is better because they become slightly more brittle afterwards...I did the microwave and oven thing which made a lovely effect, but then I thought that I would just try blowtorching them...much fun!..it worked out better with the silver side down, but a nice effect was made the other way too..here is one that I made...very glittery!!

Sorry for the bad piccies.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y181/perkadillo/05110901.jpg


For these 2 , I just scraped the silver of the CD, cut the shapes and put them on to a crinkly piece of tin-foil and put it into the oven for about 20 mins on a low heat, I then stuck a piece of magazine onto the back and painted and varnished the backs...Hope you like!


http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y181/perkadillo/cdpat.jpg


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: InkFaery on December 04, 2005 07:48:10 AM
Wow! I have this huge stockpile of CDs, CD-Rs, old PS games, etc. I haven't wanted to throw them away, but everyone keeps telling me to because they're useless. Useless my big left toe!! *vindicated grins*


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Born2BeDifferent on December 10, 2005 10:37:22 AM
Beware, Stupid Question:

Did any of you use your microwaves / ovens after you did this? I live with four other people and if they plan on cooking / baking something if it would be alright ? this is a christmas idea so i really need feedback lol! i want to try those metal cookie cutters and put holes in them onto a chain. but i don't want to harm anyone in the process! would it work just as well in the oven? help please i want to try this today!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sara_uk on December 10, 2005 11:34:01 AM
I honestly dont think that you will harm anyone doing this, It only goes in the microwave for a very short time, seconds, Just make sure that you air the place while you have it in the oven. I would love to see your finished items! Good luck!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: luckycharm on January 20, 2006 09:28:42 PM
That looks so amazing!! I've been wanting to try it for months but I've been threatened with the whole wrecking the microwave bit. But we have an old microwave that I might try it on.

What happens if you don't bake them after? What does baking do?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Morning Star on January 20, 2006 09:42:37 PM
i think the baking softens it


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: racehorse87 on January 20, 2006 10:51:19 PM
The baking makes them have a bubbly type texture. Microwaving gives a crackly texture.

I wait until they're cool to cut them, and then just cut really slowly.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Morning Star on January 20, 2006 11:19:20 PM
i haven't tried this yet, but can i just stick it in the oven, (skipping the microwave step, our mike is messed up already) and then cut it? but what do i cut it with? i'm a bit confused


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: racehorse87 on January 21, 2006 03:24:22 PM
I put it in the oven on a piece of tin foil, and waited until the texture changed. Then I pulled it out and let it cool (it's a bit liquidy at this time). Then I just cut it with regular scissors very slowly, so it wouldn't crack.

I've heard that some turn out more brittle than others, but I can't vouch for this.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: cebsme on January 21, 2006 05:59:36 PM
I have to say everyones work is beautiful. So today was my craft day with my neighbors granddaugter, picked her up went to the 99cents store and the dollar store, picked up lots of little crafts,,,,but then i told her we were going to cook cd's she looked at me like i was strange for a minute because i didnt tell her why, but hey, she was up for it just because she wanted to cook cd's we scrounged up 6 various cd's and got to cooking...we didnt use the microwave just the oven. we havent made anything yet they are still in cd form, hubbys going to cut them with a hot knife for us.. And hes also giving us 50 cds to use for this that were cheap. and since they curled up next time im going to make them flat by putting a dish and sheet of tin foil over it....these turned out pretty neat i think. Thanks so much for posting about this it really was fun just to see what would happen.





Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Morning Star on January 21, 2006 06:02:30 PM
cebsme, i thought they were eyeballs at first! they look good, though.

racehorse.. how do you poke holes in them?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Haylie on January 21, 2006 06:32:46 PM
I love that orange one on the left! ...i most definitely have to try this...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: d on January 22, 2006 07:06:35 PM
I use a leather punch, using slow and steady pressure.d :)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Morning Star on January 22, 2006 07:37:45 PM
I use a leather punch, using slow and steady pressure.d :)

could you use something that you might have around the house?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: racehorse87 on January 22, 2006 10:55:35 PM
I put holes in using a candle and a needle. It creates nasty fumes, but eventually works.

I heated the needle over the flame, and then melted a hole in the plastic. I then scraped the plastic crud off of the needle (before or after sticking in the flame again, I forget), and repeated the procedure until I had a hole in the plastic as big as I wanted.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Morning Star on January 22, 2006 11:09:47 PM
good idea! i'm definetly gonna try that!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: abitlooney on January 23, 2006 02:29:40 PM
i've been poking holes in cds for years the candle/needle way. my mom's a dentist, so i also borrow her drill for bottle caps and other metal things.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: JewelryArtist on January 23, 2006 11:52:43 PM
Here is my CD pendant. It's mainly from good photography skills. It wasn't easy either, to capture the colors.



Matthew


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: cebsme on January 24, 2006 06:24:59 AM
Thats absolutely beautiful, i love the color you captured!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on January 24, 2006 08:49:08 AM
Holy freakin' fabulous!!!
I am amazed at how far you guys have taken my little idea!
This is definitely the place to be!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sweetjaime on January 24, 2006 11:43:49 PM
Here is my CD pendant. It's mainly from good photography skills. It wasn't easy either, to capture the colors.



Matthew

Wow how on earth did you get that multi toned colour ??


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: JewelryArtist on January 25, 2006 01:50:42 PM
All CD's do this... at least they should. I just was able to capture the light at the right angle to get that great photo. You are seeing the side the data is on. I actually was holding in my hand with a black backdrop underneath it. It does not look like this when viewed head on. This only appears when you turn the pendant.

Matthew


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sara_uk on January 25, 2006 02:06:01 PM
Wow, Matthew, your stuff is really gorgeous...and the prices are great, I know where I will be buying my friends birthday pressies!!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: spiderlady on January 25, 2006 02:13:51 PM
See, this, this is why I love Craftster so much!  I just found this thread, I am an absolute sucker for dichroic glass, and the creations here looks just as beautiful--made from CD's?!?  I really have to try this!!!!!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: milesapart714 on January 26, 2006 07:53:12 AM
again, i say, i despise you all. (in the most loving way possible)

 now i cant wait to try this out!!


 i just spent the last half hour reading this thread instead of studying for midterms. oh well. at least i'll have some amazing looking cd-jewelryyyy!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: ViCkY on January 26, 2006 02:58:22 PM
instead of putting the CD in the oven, do you craftsters think i could just warm it over a flame? will it work?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: d on January 26, 2006 03:53:21 PM
I've heard of people heating them with a hair dryer, but have never tried it that way. The oven lets me do 2 or 3 at a time. d  :)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Haylie on January 26, 2006 07:58:41 PM
OH! I should try it with a hair dryer, that sounds very interesting...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: JewelryArtist on January 26, 2006 11:44:15 PM
I do have one problem with doing these CD pendants and what not. The CD seems to seperate when microwaved. Anyone else have this problem? The two layers of the CD come apart a little when I microwave them.

Matthew


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on January 27, 2006 08:28:43 AM
I got that recently too - I used a violet coloured cd and it fell apart


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: scrappygirl085 on January 27, 2006 09:51:40 AM
I just tried this in the microwave and the crackling is nice, but what about the back of the cd?  Am I supposed to leave it?  File off the label?  I used both AOL cd's and one PS1 (black back)  The PS1 cd just looks bubbly to me, and the label is crackled.... 

What am I doing wrong?  The instructions were so simple!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sara_uk on January 27, 2006 11:47:30 AM
instead of putting the CD in the oven, do you craftsters think i could just warm it over a flame? will it work?

I did this with a blow torch and got a really good effect, there are piccies in this thread somewhere....just be careful not to go to far and burn it!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Fudgegirl on January 27, 2006 04:28:13 PM
I dont know if someomne has already said this (i couldnt be bothered reading through all 22 pages) but I tried cutting the cd before i put it in the oven, but after i had zapped it in the microwave, and it worked really well. I just used normal scissors, too.  Also, when you put it in the oven does it stink heaps? i nuked the cd and then i had to scrub the microwave coz it smelt so bad.
An idea i had for us people who dont have a tiny drill bit or a...er.. thingie for making holes, is to put a jump ring on the pendant before you put it in the oven (you have to cut it beforehand of course). Then when it melts,the jump ring sinks in, and voila! you can attach it to stuff! Anyway, I'm curious to know - how did you come up with the idea of putting the cd in the oven after microwaving it? i would never have come up with that! But thanks a heap for the inspiration  :) Fudgegirl


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on January 27, 2006 07:38:09 PM
I was reading a thread on here about record bowls and didn't have any records....too funny


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: laur_1123 on January 29, 2006 05:55:02 PM
 ;D Wow thats amazing! I tried this awhile back and forgot about it and now this is what i have made so far. I think i will attach it to a necklace of the long rod seed beads.

what do you think?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: roxybadoxy on January 29, 2006 05:56:26 PM
o i really like that laur_1123


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: laur_1123 on January 29, 2006 06:06:24 PM
 :) Thanks... I was thinking of maybe doing two single ones,...one on each side?
idk though


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: nyourdrms on January 30, 2006 08:38:28 PM
 :o :o This is the coolest thing. I'm going to try it and mix it with other kinds of glass jewels and things. I'll try to post a picture!!

Groovy!!

 ;DT


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: ellgee on February 01, 2006 12:36:33 PM
What a fantastic idea.
Right after I read it I had to try it.

This is my first contribution to the site.

I used old AOL cd's.

Cut out littles pieces and put them together with jump rings. I'm going to put these on memory wire.

Then I tried melting AOL pieces to blank cd pieces.

I liked the way that turned out too. I put gloss varnish over the top so they wouldn't pop off.


Now i'm working on bending little pieces into rings.
We'll see how that works out.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sara_uk on February 02, 2006 05:29:47 AM
ellgee , They are really nice , I like the idea of mixing the cds.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: pez on February 07, 2006 08:52:26 PM
i definitly just tried this and it turned out so cool. now i just need a drill to poke holes in it.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sara_uk on February 08, 2006 04:56:07 AM
i definitly just tried this and it turned out so cool. now i just need a drill to poke holes in it.
To make holes in mine, I just heated up a needle, and pushed it in and pulled it out quick (so it didn't get stuck) It works pretty well!.....

note:  the needle gets pretty hot, so hold it with pliers.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Haylie on February 10, 2006 01:14:22 PM
I've heard of people heating them with a hair dryer, but have never tried it that way. The oven lets me do 2 or 3 at a time. d  :)

I tried it a hair dryer, definitely DID NOT work. Nothing happened.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: JewelryArtist on February 17, 2006 12:54:11 AM
Here is my CD pendant. It's mainly from good photography skills. It wasn't easy either, to capture the colors.



Matthew


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: tigergirl on February 17, 2006 06:52:27 PM
I've heard of people heating them with a hair dryer, but have never tried it that way. The oven lets me do 2 or 3 at a time. d  :)

I tried it a hair dryer, definitely DID NOT work. Nothing happened.

I heat gun might work though (no, I haven't tried it)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: chocolate_luvver on February 19, 2006 09:08:57 AM
wow! everyones looks so cool  ;D this looks like something really fun to do but like everyone else im afraid of ruining the microwave and stuff but i was thinkin could it be done on the grill  ??? im not sure but thats outside and all i could think of  anyone willing to try...i really want to do this  maybe i can try  well great job everyone


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: CaterinaEllen on February 19, 2006 09:24:55 AM

Thats what I came up with. To cut my CD, I just scored lines and then snapped it.

Thanks a lot Inna for the brilliant idea :D

Hugs,

Caterina


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: spurtiic on March 05, 2006 10:25:25 PM
Well, this intrigued me.  I am trying it right now as we speak.  The microwave to use isn't just mine, and it's a new one, and I don't have the heart to try it for even 2 seconds in there...
But the oven, even though it costs more... it seems safer!  So, on a foil lined cookie sheet, my ex bf's $700 digitally mastered crappy little band's CD has been baking for 20+ minutes.  The color is changing, but it's barely crackling... I took it out after 10 minutes and cut it with a pair of scissors.  It was easy enough.  Only one little piece flaked off and I just cut around it.  Now I have a bunch of little triangles baking.  I'm about to hit the 30 minute mark.  I think if I leave it in longer it'll crackle more.  Right now I can see the other side (the part you write on with markers or slap the label on it) from the burnable side.  I can also see the stuff that was burned onto it... looks like computer code stuff... pretty neat!

I'll post pics as soon as they're done!  Thanks, Inna, for the idea...even if it doesn't work for me  ;D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: cebsme on March 06, 2006 06:47:48 AM
the crackle is actually caused by the microwave, so you wont get very much at all in the oven. But more bubbly.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: spurtiic on March 06, 2006 07:12:53 AM
Yeah, it was bubbly.  It still looked neat.  Maybe next weekend I'll pick up a thrift store microwave OR use the one at work b/c it's old and gross.  Oh, what a grand idea.  Okay, bringing extra cd's to work with me. haha

I'll post the pics of the bubbly one's tonight!  This is so addictive...
I feel like Beavis...burn, burn, burn!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: spurtiic on March 06, 2006 05:05:18 PM
I do have one problem with doing these CD pendants and what not. The CD seems to seperate when microwaved. Anyone else have this problem? The two layers of the CD come apart a little when I microwave them.

Matthew

I put mine in the microwave for about 8 seconds total..I kept stopping/starting though...so just enough to see a couple of sparks...then pause, then again, then pause, etc.  I think it keeps it from actually heating up and separating.  Give that a try and see if it works!  :-\


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: spurtiic on March 07, 2006 12:29:39 AM
Okay...
After two solid days of cd-necklace obsession, I finally took a pic.  I bought a bale (sp?) and a silver chain to hang it.  I LOVE it!  My friend assured me it didn't look like an actual cd...he thought it was pretty.

Without further ado...



 ;D  It's a tad more green than blue, so I guess the lighting was just bad for the pic.  It's on an 18" silver chain.  I can't wait to make more of these!  These will be super cheap gifts and I bet nobody will be able to figure out what it is.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Haylie on March 07, 2006 05:17:20 AM
ooh, thats really pretty.  Is everyone mod podging the backs?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: anna-begins on March 07, 2006 05:33:53 AM
Wow, these are all so nice!  I love the necklace, spurtiic!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: spurtiic on March 07, 2006 06:20:30 AM
ooh, thats really pretty.  Is everyone mod podging the backs?

No, but the back flaked a lot.  I probably should have used Mod Podge (and I will on the next batch).  I did, however, use Krylon Clear Sealer in a can...about 3 coats.  Not only did I get accidentally high, the back stopped flaking.  I used E6000 to glue the bale thingy onto it.  Pah-tay.

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Posted by: anna-begins
Wow, these are all so nice!  I love the necklace, spurtiic!


Thank you!  :D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: pikabean on March 11, 2006 02:45:39 PM
These things are amazing!  I need to try this next time my parents go out.
Haha, when I do something weird and crafty for the first time they have to see the final product before the process so they don't freak out too much.... like the first time I made toothbrush bracelets ;)

I do have a bit of microwave phobia though... I once microwaved a bag of chips for 10 seconds to make it shrink, and it worked... but I wanted it to shrink more.  So I left it there for about a minute and it caught on fire.  I was maybe 12 or 13 at the time... so I pulled out the spray hose from my sink to put out the fire.  I was fine, and so was the microwave... but it took a serious cleaning to get the blue gunk (it was a cheezdoodle bag) off of the rotating bottom xD

anyway, sorry to go off track, but yes... I think I'll make some earrings :)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Haylie on March 11, 2006 08:32:29 PM
*idly wonders what would happen if she glue-gunned a cd* Figure it'd be hot enough to do anything? Probably the glue would just weigh it down anyway...altho it would seal it nicely...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: funkrockgirl on March 23, 2006 10:50:09 AM
hey, I finally tried this today, and cut two long pieces for earrings, then nuke'n baked for 15 sec then 4 min. in a toaster.  I was wondering how everyone drilled holes tho for jewellry, since its become really brittle and I'm afraid it'll shatter.  And did everyone's kitchens smell really bad when they were done, or was that just me? (thank god my mom has a stuffy nose today....)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: CaterinaEllen on March 23, 2006 11:12:20 AM
I used a needle and a candle for mine (someone suggested it). You just warm the needle up in the flame (holding the needle with pliers- its very hot!) and then stick it through the plastic. My kitchen didnt smell tooo bad, but i did open the 2 doors!

Caterina


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Fudgegirl on March 23, 2006 04:57:41 PM
ah, just a quick question, do you bake them at 400 C or 400F? I have an old oven and its in F, but all the bits of cd went white and bubbly..... or did i just not bake them for long enough? Has this happened to anyone else? or can anyone tell me how i screwed up? oh, and i assume you bake them with the print side down...yes or no?
Thanks,  :-* Fudgegirl


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on March 24, 2006 08:00:12 AM
I think white and bubbly meant that it was left in too long at too high a heat. But as long as they look interesting any temp is good. I just stuck them in the oven to get rid of the sharp edges. They melt fast - so you have to watch them. I read somewhere yesterday about boiling a cd - its sparking new ideas for beads.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: electricpenguin on March 24, 2006 06:42:38 PM
Everyone's cd turned out so pretty  :o


Is there any toxic fumes given off if you do it in an oven?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: wittyandcreativex on March 25, 2006 10:06:31 PM
i microwaved a cd and i put it in the front of the binder and all day people were like. "omg thats so cool! how did you do that/!" haha.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: spurtiic on March 26, 2006 11:33:18 PM
hey, I finally tried this today, and cut two long pieces for earrings, then nuke'n baked for 15 sec then 4 min. in a toaster.  I was wondering how everyone drilled holes tho for jewellry, since its become really brittle and I'm afraid it'll shatter.  And did everyone's kitchens smell really bad when they were done, or was that just me? (thank god my mom has a stuffy nose today....)

I baked mine for about 10 minutes at 400, then cut it.  I should have baked it before cutting (this is my 2nd cd attempt) so the edges would melt like Inna said.  But no, it didn't stink.  And don't drill a hole, use a needle (like you would sew on a button with) that was over a candle flame.  It pokes right through.  You can also buy from almost any bead shoppe these little things called bails.  They're flat and have a loop for the necklace, and the flat part you glue to the pendant (cd).  They're neat-o.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: tiffie1023 on March 27, 2006 06:13:02 PM
so, in trying out this project, i've discovered several things, one you can fuse the pieces of cd together in the oven, and two you can also add rhinestones to the cds while theyre tacky in the oven and fuse those to the cd pieces also.  i'll post pictures when it's all out of the oven.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Haylie on March 27, 2006 06:46:54 PM
so, in trying out this project, i've discovered several things, one you can fuse the pieces of cd together in the oven, and two you can also add rhinestones to the cds while theyre tacky in the oven and fuse those to the cd pieces also.  i'll post pictures when it's all out of the oven.

Oooh! Great idea!!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: princesstess on April 02, 2006 03:54:57 AM
well, i tried a DVD-R today with a violet/blue backing on it.... it turned out beautifully, i shall have to take a photo of it and post it later, but the CD turned a bright mauvey-purple when i melted it in the oven.

My layers came apart, and i just stuck them back together with craft glue, and apart from a couple of pieces not sticking properly and going a little dull, it worked fine.

Now i just have to decide what i want to make with my pretty pieces ;_;


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: mk on April 02, 2006 01:22:11 PM
so umm...what are the chances of 1) breaking your microwave and 2) catching your house on fire?  also does it smell weird when you bake it in the oven? and what temperature should you use?

otherwise those are pretty much beautiful and im thinking of making some sort of mobile or something to hang in front of a window...and possibly make some jewelry...or anything cuz they are muy bonita.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: princesstess on April 03, 2006 04:45:23 AM
I used 250 degrees centigrade for my CDs. Also, i found the smell seems to vary depending on what band of CDs used. The violet CDs i used were TDK brand DVD-Rs and the did not smell at all when baking, but i used another brand of CD-R today, and it REEKED something awful. So i guess just experiment... hope that helps


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: polarwhisper on April 10, 2006 04:44:23 AM
This is amazing, it kinda reminds me of that glass fusion stuff that all the beaders are going for @ the moment.  Craziness.. Do you think those crap AOL cds they send in the mail would work? I want to do something with them...

I made little tiny bowls by placing them upside down on top of a tin can(the tin can beng empty and upside down as well- dur) and baking them. I can't remember how long I baked them though....


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: rude-girl72 on April 10, 2006 06:37:07 AM
I experiment today. it smells bad!
but here are mine Cd's.
http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto=T6KMDNQN

and a close up
http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto=K7LIFYOU


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: cindy_23492 on April 11, 2006 04:51:06 PM
so umm...what are the chances of 1) breaking your microwave and 2) catching your house on fire?  also does it smell weird when you bake it in the oven? and what temperature should you use?

otherwise those are pretty much beautiful and im thinking of making some sort of mobile or something to hang in front of a window...and possibly make some jewelry...or anything cuz they are muy bonita.

I'm wondering too, but don't want to damage the microwave or cause a horrible smell


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: madisonike on April 15, 2006 06:51:11 PM
im gunna make one .. but i have a couple ?s
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1. how long do u put it in the oven for?
2. will it effect any food my dad cooks in the oven afterwards ?
3. Do u have to do both microwave and oven .. or can u just do one?


answers to any of these ?s would help me A LOT!!!!


thanks <33


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on April 15, 2006 09:17:26 PM
1. how long do u put it in the oven for? you have to watch it - different cd's melt at different times - don't run off and forget about it

2. will it effect any food my dad cooks in the oven afterwards ? only if you melt the cd to the bottom of the oven - put it on some tin foil or a cookie sheet

3. Do u have to do both microwave and oven .. or can u just do one? the microwave crackles the metal coating on the cd - the oven melts the plastic the cd is made of - your choice of what you want to do to it



Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: madisonike on April 17, 2006 07:14:31 AM
muaahhahahahha ...



my dad is leaving to go on a buisness trip .. and my mom is at work .. and my brothers asleep .. so im gunna put it in the microwave .. then in the oven !!


what degrees should i put it in ?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: spurtiic on April 17, 2006 02:33:46 PM
Here's another one I made!
Well, I usually only get about 4 good pieces from 1 cd... but they're so flipping cheap it doesn't matter.
Anyway, this one is a bit smaller and I sanded the edges round, sealed the back with mod podge and acrylic clear spray then silver paint then more acrylic sealer.  Then I glued a sterling silver bail on it and strung it on a sterling silver necklace.  Everytime I've worn this anyplace I get tons of compliments.... almost everyone that talks to me says it's gorgeous.
Thanks again for the idea!
 




Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: .tiaraly. on April 21, 2006 09:33:16 AM
Stunning and fabulous. Has anyone tried dying them with, idunno, clothe dye or something afterwards so that you can get it in assorted colours? I was going to do that, but then I just found out I ran out of dye.  :(


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on April 21, 2006 12:10:21 PM
Somewhere on here is a thread about dying acrylic/plastic with kool-aid - it might just work

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=57957.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=57957.0)
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=87412.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=87412.0)
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=18248.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=18248.0)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: bitchykitty on April 23, 2006 02:30:09 PM

 This does look really cool and I don't want to be a big joykill here but, this is really much more dangerous that you would expect. Its much more than a risk of killing your microwave.
Cds are made up of many layers. Usually a metal reflective layer, a polymer resin layer , assorted glues and paints. Each CD is covered with a clear sealed layer to protect the cd AND to protect those handling it. The thing that makes the cd silver is a layer of aluminum. Aluminum is a very strong toxin that can easily be absorbed into your body and can cause many serious permanent health issues. Toxins are not only realeased in the air, they are also left exposed on a melted cd and can be absorbed through handling. This is not the same as aluminum foil. It is actual raw metal

Basically the toxins don't leave when the fumes do. They stay on the surfaces of your microwave and every time it is heated it will release more fumes into the air and your food. Burning a cd is not actually "burning" It is being etched. Melting one is much different

I am not saying to not try this though. Just use an old microwave that will never be used for food and use it outside where there is a huge amount of ventilation. The fumes then won't stick to other surfaces and be a threat. Also handle the finished product with gloves and be sure to seal all surfaces so that the flaking aluminum will not come in contact with skin at any point.

This may all seem like overkill but there is seriously a reason that people don't want cds in our landfills. They can be dangerous so just craft with caution.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: pikabean on April 23, 2006 03:36:45 PM

 This does look really cool and I don't want to be a big joykill here but, this is really much more dangerous that you would expect. Its much more than a risk of killing your microwave.
Cds are made up of many layers. Usually a metal reflective layer, a polymer resin layer , assorted glues and paints. Each CD is covered with a clear sealed layer to protect the cd AND to protect those handling it. The thing that makes the cd silver is a layer of aluminum. Aluminum is a very strong toxin that can easily be absorbed into your body and can cause many serious permanent health issues. Toxins are not only realeased in the air, they are also left exposed on a melted cd and can be absorbed through handling. This is not the same as aluminum foil. It is actual raw metal

Basically the toxins don't leave when the fumes do. They stay on the surfaces of your microwave and every time it is heated it will release more fumes into the air and your food. Burning a cd is not actually "burning" It is being etched. Melting one is much different

I am not saying to not try this though. Just use an old microwave that will never be used for food and use it outside where there is a huge amount of ventilation. The fumes then won't stick to other surfaces and be a threat. Also handle the finished product with gloves and be sure to seal all surfaces so that the flaking aluminum will not come in contact with skin at any point.

This may all seem like overkill but there is seriously a reason that people don't want cds in our landfills. They can be dangerous so just craft with caution.

so putting it in the oven is safe, but microwaving it isn't?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Fudgegirl on April 24, 2006 03:03:54 AM
wow. know i am in a pickle... make cool jewellery, or risk my health...... ::)
Does it make any difference if you scrub out the microwave you use to nuke the cds? I made one and i scrubbed it out very VERY thoroughly with Bi-Carb soda, then water, then some other goop, then with water again a couple o times. So. Does cleaning help? or should we all go and raid op shops for unsafe electrical goods?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Haylie on April 24, 2006 05:21:16 AM
..I'm rather tempted to use my old EasyBake Oven...i wonder if that would work...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: pikabean on April 26, 2006 08:37:03 PM
..I'm rather tempted to use my old EasyBake Oven...i wonder if that would work...

since it just cooks with a lightbulb it might not do anything, but I'd say it's worth a shot.  I really don't think it could hurt, lol


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: funkrockgirl on April 29, 2006 06:14:01 PM
hey, has anyone tried adding dye or some kind of paint while its still bubbling?  I'm tempted to try, but I'm afraid there's going to be some kind of noxious fume lol.....


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lol-lol on May 07, 2006 10:09:31 AM
woh. all friggin 28 pages. its 1.05 in the morning and im jumping off my seat to go and craft! hope dad hasnt thrown away that old microwave yet! all this lovely stuff is amasing guys, well done. and i say as little prayer for all our healths. the god of craft will understand our plight, our need, our calling, to create, by whatever means nessessary, nomatter what the risks. lol, im blabbering. seeyas.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: rude-girl72 on May 09, 2006 11:20:22 PM
I wear mine in the sun. the sun soften the CD pendant a little bit . when I touched it , the pedant broke.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: jamity on May 10, 2006 12:47:10 PM
I can't wait to try this with my mom!  She is too cool!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: coma bernice on May 11, 2006 03:55:47 PM
this is really neat / are the cds sharp on youre neck when you wear it?/


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: PaintedSmile13 on May 14, 2006 01:16:59 PM
Thats really kewl. With my luck I'd break my microwave though..


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: kittty on May 15, 2006 03:16:26 PM
awesome! That brings back memories of me microwaving cds for the hell of it!

Good times...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lol-lol on June 02, 2006 07:28:04 AM
lookie at mine!

thanks for such a cool idea inna!











and the masterpeice.......



Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: qwizzybaby on June 02, 2006 07:32:27 AM
hey that looks real cool i really like it


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on June 02, 2006 09:00:24 AM
you guys are amazing


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lol-lol on June 02, 2006 09:21:38 AM
lol, this post is amasing, 29 pages and still going strong!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: McJulie-O on June 02, 2006 08:31:51 PM
I experiment today. it smells bad!
but here are mine Cd's.
http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto=T6KMDNQN

and a close up
http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto=K7LIFYOU

rude girl?
Did you start out with bright blue-ish CDs to get that color?
And how in the world did you get the green designs on your silver background pieces? Am I just seeing things that aren't there, or are there really designs?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: rude-girl72 on June 02, 2006 11:16:22 PM
I experiment today. it smells bad!
but here are mine Cd's.
http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto=T6KMDNQN

and a close up
http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto=K7LIFYOU

rude girl?
Did you start out with bright blue-ish CDs to get that color?
And how in the world did you get the green designs on your silver background pieces? Am I just seeing things that aren't there, or are there really designs?

yes I got different colours of cd's
first I cut them in pieces. then in the oven when they melt I put some pieces on eachother and put them back in the oven.

I also experiment with melted plastic and Glass beads.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: cyndiq on June 04, 2006 04:34:38 AM
so do u really think they are unsafe to make and wear. that post was pretty convincing. i really like them , but heavy metals are dangerous. is the oven safe to use after? anyone know?
cyndi


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: GingaNic on June 07, 2006 05:50:33 AM
I don't really know but researching threw this up...

Quote
The basic process is, take a disc that you don't want anymore, and put it shiny-side-up on something like a coffee mug so it's nowhere near the top, bottom, or sides of the microwave. (Actually, you may want to leave it right-side-up if the disc doesn't have a label, because the foil is closest to the top of the CD.) I'm told it is important to put something in the cup to be on the safe side, so fill it most of the way with water. Try to center it in the microwave. Turn off the lights. Program the microwave for a 5-second burst on "high", and watch the fireworks.

Performing this operation on replicated CDs results in blue sparks that dance along the CD, leaving fractal-ish patterns etched into the reflective aluminum. For those of you not with the program, this also renders the CD unreadable.
Trying this with a green/gold CD-R gives you a similar light show, but the destruction patterns are different. While pressed CDs and CD-RWs don't develop consistent patterns of destruction, CD-Rs tend to form circular patterns, possibly because of the pre-formed spiral groove.
On a different note, CD-Rs seem to smell worse, or at least they start to smell earlier, than pressed CDs. The materials used are non-toxic ("cyanine" comes from the color cyan, not from cyanide), but breathing the fumes is something best avoided.

For the curious, here's a note about why they behave like they do:
 
Quote
   "The aluminum layer in a CD-ROM is very thin. The microwave oven induces large currents in the aluminum. This makes enough heat to vaporize the aluminum. You then see a very small lightning storm as electric arcs go through the vaporized aluminum. Within a few seconds there will be many paths etched through the aluminum, leaving behind little metalic islands. Some of the islands will be shaped so that they make very good microwave antennas. These spots will focus the microwave energy, and get very hot. Now you will see just a few bright spots spewing a lot of smoke. The good part of the light show is over, turn off the oven.

    I suspect that if you leave the oven going much longer, the CD-ROM will burst into flame. This will smell very bad and may do bad things to your oven and house. Don't do it."
    -- Paul Haas ([email protected]), on http://hamjudo.com/notes/cdrom.html

From what I've read, the metal in CDs is definately aluminium which IS toxic but only if ingested. (So suggestions of using a seperate microwave is quite apt)
But then again there's lots of sources of aluminium...
Quote
Aluminum concentrations in tissues: effect of soft drink packaging. Kandiah J. Kies C. From:   Biometals (1994 Jan) 7(1):57-60

Canned soft drink fed rats had significantly higher blood, liver and bone aluminum concentration than rats that were given glass bottled soft drink.

Sources of Aluminum
Over the Counter; Deoderants, vaginal douches, baby wipes, skin creams, suntan lotions, toothpaste, buffered asprin, some haemorrhoid and diarrhea products.
Medical; Vaccinations, allergy testing, intervenous solutions, allergens, wound and antacid irrigation, ulcer treatment, blood oxygenization, bone or joint replacement and burn treatment.
Foods; Aluminum cans, foils, containers, baking powder, cake mixes, frozen dough, pancake mixes, self-rising flour, grains, processed cheese.

So what does Aluminium do?
Quote
Aluminum toxicity has been recognized in many settings where exposure is heavy or prolonged, where renal function is limited, or where apreviously accumulated bone burden is released in stress or illness. Toxicity may include: encephalopathy (stuttering, gait disturbance, myoclonic jerks, seizures, coma, abnormal EEG) osteomalacia or aplastic bone disease ( associated with painful spontaneous fractures, hypercalcemia, tumorous calcinosis ) proximal myopathy, increased risk of infection, increased left ventricular mass and decreased myocardial function microcytic anemia with very high levels, sudden death.

Aluminum is ubiquitous in our environment; it is the third most prevalent element in the earth's crust. The gastrointestinal tract is relatively impervious to aluminum, absorption normally being only about 2%. Aluminum is absorbed by a mechanism related to that for calcium. Gastric acidity and oral citrate favors absorption, and H2-blockers reduce absorption. As is true for several trace elements, transferrin is the primary protein binder and carrier for aluminum in the plasma, where 80% is protein bound and 20% is free or complexed to small molecules such as citrate.

That being said I believe that it is safe to wear and make but maybe not using current kichen appliences!
Use a blow torch? And if you're really that worried wear a mask?  ;D
I'm gonna give my blow torch a go methinks.... :D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: moonstruckdragonlass on June 09, 2006 11:45:05 AM
i was skeptical at first, until i saw how wonderful this looks! i will definently have to try it out. . .i'm still terrified to put a CD in the microwave however *laughs*


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lol-lol on June 09, 2006 10:18:41 PM
op shops that sell furniture (ie old microwaves and oven) might be the way to go if anyone is nervous.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: phoenixflamefeather on June 12, 2006 11:16:56 PM
so basically...very VERY pretty...i'm trying it tomorrow between work and school...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Haylie on June 14, 2006 07:39:14 AM
Must remember to ask my dad or boyfriend about a blowtorch...that sounds like the way to go.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: McJulie-O on June 19, 2006 02:02:01 PM
So, does anybody have any insights on where to find colored CD's? Blue, red, gold....I KNOW I've seen them, I just can't remember where!

Haven't tried RIT dye, like on the plexiglass necklace thread, but I'm thinking about it!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: madisonike on June 19, 2006 06:28:20 PM
u hcan get them at like staples and office depot, pladce liek that. i have a whole thing of red, purple, blue, yellow and green ones !!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Fudgegirl on June 19, 2006 06:28:58 PM
coloured cds? just try different brands of recordable dvds, cds, and try the cheap coloured packs of cds - they have great colour (esp on the back)!... but then again, i havent tried this with any of them...it should work - i see no reason why not.
I hope i've helped you out, McJulie-O. I know for certain, if you want purple-y blue, dvds are the way to go ( i have an unmelted, bright purple-y blue dvd sitting next to me....


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Brosuga32 on June 30, 2006 10:39:54 PM
I wonder how it would come out if you incorporate "shrinky dink" paper with the cd in the oven? hmm.... :-*


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: blue bunny on July 15, 2006 04:57:32 PM
Whoah! Hehehe!
Amazing stuff.
I started reading, then grabbed a re-writable cd from the pile, and ran down to the microwave.
I put the cd in the microwave, on full power for about a second. It crackled and sparked LOADS.
When i got it out, the top of the cd, the print bit that had crackled, was all flaking off.
Cause i was in a hurry to have a go, i didnt heat the oven properly, so mine weren't in long enough. They didn't change colour, and didn't get that gorgeous underwater feel that i've seen on here, but i get the idea.
I'll have a play tomorrow.
It's 1am here  ;D
So......when you're baking the cds....what side do you put on the foil?
The side you write on or the other side?
I did it writing side up, cause i thought the silver part (that was flaking already) might stick to the foil and pull it all off if i put it that side down.
Also, does baking it for a long time prevent the flakiness, or has everyone here sealed the backs?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lol-lol on July 15, 2006 08:30:35 PM
blue bunny - the flaking is normal, and they dont change colour, the colour depends what colour cd you put in in the first place. when baking, you can put either side down as long as u put them on non stick greaseproof oven papar, or something like that. i put the "nice" side down when cooking as the edges tend to curl up. cooking them in the oven does stop the flaking, it just sort of melts back in again. but i sealed mine as well with nail polish, just in case  ;D.

hope that helps, lauren


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: blue bunny on July 16, 2006 03:22:38 AM
Thanks Lauren.
Sorry about all the obvious questions!
I just did 3 cd's worth. They look amazing.
I have an aqua, a blue, a gold and a 'normal' cd coloured one  ;D
My fingers are sore fro cutting them!
And yeah, i'm sitting here now with the nail polish infront of me!
Thanks for the help!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lol-lol on July 19, 2006 12:35:18 AM
no problems blue bunny, and dont forget to post finished pix!!! :)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: mushietoadstool on July 19, 2006 09:15:43 PM
...lmao, this is probably a really stupid question...but do i wear gloves or anything while i cut them? i can imagine that the cd's are sticky...and i'd rather not end up with melted cd all over my fingers.  ;)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lol-lol on July 19, 2006 11:20:59 PM
nope, theyre not sticky at all. just a little hot....so be careful, they cool down pretty quick tho.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: karmikins on July 21, 2006 09:22:01 AM
This has probablu been asked here a few times before, but I don't feel like going through thirty pages (:-X), so--how long did you have yours in the oven?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lol-lol on July 21, 2006 10:53:03 PM
id say i checked mine every 5 minutes...once they were looking good i checked every 2 minutes...be careful when you open the door, and hold some material overyour mouth, the smell is nasty and poisonous...be sure to open all windws and use an exhaust fan.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: karmikins on July 22, 2006 08:36:39 AM
I left some of mine in a toaster oven (it's all we've got in the studio) at 400 for, I want to say about five minutes max, and when I took them out, they all made crackling noises and were bubbly. After that, I did some trials (I had a LOT of pieces) with one minute, one and a half minutes, two minutes, and my last pair (the ones I plan on keepign for myself for earrings) for two minutes 20 seconds. What should they be looking like? My corners curved up, but the sides aren't smooth or anything. I guess it doesn't really matter so much, as long as my results work, right?

I'll probably post pictures soon.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lol-lol on July 23, 2006 03:35:08 AM
my corners wernt smooth either, most people have had to file them....

oooh yaya! pics pics pics!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: roseinbloom1023 on July 25, 2006 08:28:34 AM
I just microwaved and baked a CD..wow the smell is definitely making my head hurt but they're turning out well!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: karmikins on July 25, 2006 05:53:43 PM
I don't have any pictures of the actual earrings by themselves, but here's the general idea of how mine turned out:

http://myspace-703.vo.llnwd.net/00970/30/79/970799703_l.jpg


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: cyndiq on July 25, 2006 08:29:08 PM
very pretty earings. thanks for posting the pic.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lol-lol on July 26, 2006 03:38:40 AM
beautiful, and well done karmikins!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Altered Angel on July 26, 2006 05:52:46 AM
I think I posted somewhere else.  But I tried this and my CDs won't go blue  ??? They just stay the same colour, what am I doing wrong?  :-\


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lol-lol on July 26, 2006 06:59:58 AM
hey there.

youre doing nothing wrong, you have to start with blue coloured cds if you want them to be blue! ;D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Altered Angel on July 26, 2006 07:31:58 AM
Oh DOH!  What a dummy!  ;D  In my defence I have never seen blue CDs so I'm not really completly stupid - Well I might be, but I've still never seen blue CDs  ;D

Thanks for telling me.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lol-lol on July 26, 2006 07:36:53 AM
no worries! hey, just a cool thing to do:

buy a set of coloured cds from a newsagency. theyve got flurogreen, pink, blue, red, orange, etc...all in one pack! super cool.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: AndeeCreative on July 26, 2006 09:16:38 AM
Ok, I just have to say how freakin cool this is--I've been tossing CD's in the microwave for over a year now and hadn't come up with anything more creative than cutting out a window for a rotating page element for scrapbooking.  I will be a jewelry makin' fool now--DH and I toss CD's in the 'wave when the internet is down and we have nothing better to do--ooh, pretty sparks---couple of spazzes we are.

I'm not through this thread yet, so some of this may have been said already but here are some ideas:

The side that splits and isn't so pretty--try putting a layer of bright acrylic paint on there after microwaving.  The paint will be visible only through the cracks.

Also--I'm a major papercrafter and you guys will flip over this new tool--check out the Crop-A-Dial by We R Memory Keepers.  I have one, and I haven't tried this specifically, but an internet friend says that this will punch a hole in a CD like 'buttah'.  It also punches multiple sized holes and sets eyelets and snaps, and isn't too pricey. 
It's even on sale right now at Joann's:
http://www.joann.com/catalog.jhtml?CATID=54396&PRODID=157990

OOH--another idea--instead of using the oven and risking noxious fumes, how about putting it on foil, and baking it outside in a gas grill?  Any risks there I'm just not thinking of?  Gas/fume interaction dangers?  Heck, you could build a fire on the ground and put it on foil over a grate...  Thinking I should scope out eBay for a bunsen burner now...

Also--I think I will try doing this with some non-colored, boring CD's too, but will put a photocopied image on top, followed by a larger piece of shrinky dink.  Photocopied as opposed to inkjet printed because most inkjet ink will run when wet, and melting may be wet enough to screw it up...

Thanks for all the super cool ideas--I will surely post whenever I have something cool to share!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: McJulie-O on August 09, 2006 09:10:13 AM

OOH--another idea--instead of using the oven and risking noxious fumes, how about putting it on foil, and baking it outside in a gas grill?  Any risks there I'm just not thinking of?  Gas/fume interaction dangers?  Heck, you could build a fire on the ground and put it on foil over a grate...  Thinking I should scope out eBay for a bunsen burner now...


I think straight heat will just melt them, not crackle them.


Just thought you guys would enjoy this video of a CD in a microwave.....other than the fire, nothing BAD happens!  ::)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3587466534692702285&q=genre%3Acomedy&hl=en (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3587466534692702285&q=genre%3Acomedy&hl=en)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Pibbi on August 09, 2006 05:49:07 PM
This is amazing, I love it. One day I'll mess around with this, I just don't have anymore metal.  :'(


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: morbid on September 14, 2006 08:09:47 PM
whats away you can get it all cracky without the micorwave?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: LibbyLib on September 18, 2006 06:02:08 AM
Does anyone know where I could get coloured Cd's from?
I live in the UK and seem to get only silver one's<sigh>
Anyway..what I have tried though is to put the Cd's in a bowl
and pour boiling hot water into it.After about 30 seconds, I took the CD out (carefully though) and cut them into small pieces.
Since the Cd's were hot, they were easy to cut.
I then placed them back into the bowl(with the hot water) and "nuked" them in the microwave for about a minute....
No problems at all and no sparks either.
Hope this helps


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lol-lol on September 18, 2006 07:22:19 AM
gah! good idea! IN WATER!!! brilliant! gah! ;D

for colour cds, try stationary/office suppy/post offices/computer shops.


Title: !!!
Post by: dinostar on September 18, 2006 07:24:18 AM
Oh wow they look almost like pretty stones!!!! I love it!!! such a great idea and it looks beautiful!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: morbid on September 18, 2006 12:20:18 PM
hm that sounds like a good idea..


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: alo42d on September 26, 2006 07:03:14 PM
i have another idea for my old cd's, man i should have looked at this thread a long time ago. thanx


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: racehorse87 on October 01, 2006 06:03:04 PM
That water idea is brilliant! I will have to try that. :D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: ScotSkipper402 on October 25, 2006 02:45:25 PM
Then I placed them in the oven for a while.  When I took them out the little pieces and melted themselves together in the shape of a heart, but still held their own original edges.

 


In a regular oven, not a microwave?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: cazeer on November 01, 2006 06:13:50 PM
that is really great!

i don't know if she still does, but when i was a kid my mom would always wear turquoise jewelery (mainly bracelets & necklaces) of that color (usually stone). this would be a great christmas gift for her. i think i'll give it a whirl.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: vina55a on November 01, 2006 10:28:33 PM

OOH--another idea--instead of using the oven and risking noxious fumes, how about putting it on foil, and baking it outside in a gas grill?  Any risks there I'm just not thinking of?  Gas/fume interaction dangers?  Heck, you could build a fire on the ground and put it on foil over a grate...  Thinking I should scope out eBay for a bunsen burner now...


I think straight heat will just melt them, not crackle them.


Just thought you guys would enjoy this video of a CD in a microwave.....other than the fire, nothing BAD happens!  ::)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3587466534692702285&q=genre%3Acomedy&hl=en (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3587466534692702285&q=genre%3Acomedy&hl=en)


The only reason it caught fire was because it was left in there for 35 seconds. You only need about 3 to 5 seconds to make them crackle.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: missreneer on November 02, 2006 03:25:18 PM
Can't wait to give this a try. They all came out so nice ;D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: tmhk on November 22, 2006 12:44:04 PM
it's 4:30am here and i just finished reading all 33 pages. phew! we have som many bad [scratched, don't work, etc] cd-r's at home coz my dad used to have a computer business. and i so want to try this. but i'm dead scared to microwave them.

our microwave is more than a decade old and we use it very very often to heat and reheat food so i doubt it would be safe for me to use that. we have another one that's brand new and i don't wanna risk ruining it. is it ok to put it straight in the oven? coz we have an old one we never use anymore. sorry if this has been answered already. i went through all 33 pages so i forgot already.

and regrding the question on how o punch holes in them, how about using a souldering iron? just a suggestion.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: cyndiq on November 23, 2006 03:44:07 AM
i think it will still work, but the cd is easier to cut after the microwave apparently. but i have read if you soak in hot water for a few minutes u can cut them too. the microwave also gives the crackle.

well i finally picked up a $10 microwave (like new) from lifeline and a bench top oven, not sure if that will be hot enough.  has anyone tried it in one of those? i am going to just put it on the highest and see how it goes.

wish i could find coloured cds/dvds, anyone have any ideas in australia?
the video shop said nope dont give away old dvds.
cyndi


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: summer_lover on November 23, 2006 04:48:13 AM
is this what happens when you put a cd in the microwave...?

i'm too scared to try it, knowing my luck i'd blow up the house!!

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=1459720168


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Beachgardengal on November 30, 2006 04:33:23 PM
Has anyone done this, deco'd a pic to the item, and then covered it in resin??  Just wondering if this allows it to hold up a little better, and maybe not crack.   I am just starting to play with resin....oh, and I've got to start playing with melted CD's!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: juliusmunki on December 01, 2006 07:29:10 PM
cool  8)monkeys!!   looks a lot like that dichroic glass stuff! I would love to see a pic of someone wearing it, to see how it lays on a neck!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: juliusmunki on December 01, 2006 07:34:57 PM
Forgot to ask my question! 

do you think one of those embossing heaters might work?  I mean it may take longer but... I will have to try both, i guess...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: mollythegreat on December 05, 2006 06:39:59 PM
I microwaved/baked some CDs today.
I'll post pictures when I am done.
I'm thinking of giving them out as Christmas presents for friends.
Thanks for the idea!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: cyndiq on December 05, 2006 11:13:43 PM
I did some today too. but i put them upside down so will try another the other way. the little bench top oven worked well.
cyndiq


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Procrastination on December 15, 2006 03:55:06 AM
Does anyone know if it works w/ a toster oven?

And mine don't turn that awsome blue! AHHH how do I make them turn blue!AHHHH!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: tmhk on December 15, 2006 04:13:22 AM
i tried using an oven toaster instead of a conventional over. it worked well too.  :)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: lol-lol on December 15, 2006 04:22:44 AM
Procrastination - the original cd colour has to be blue if you want them to turn out blue.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Studio Rat on December 26, 2006 11:46:25 PM
Ok, I just have to say how freakin cool this is--I've been tossing CD's in the microwave for over a year now and hadn't come up with anything more creative than cutting out a window for a rotating page element for scrapbooking.  I will be a jewelry makin' fool now--DH and I toss CD's in the 'wave when the internet is down and we have nothing better to do--ooh, pretty sparks---couple of spazzes we are.

I'm not through this thread yet, so some of this may have been said already but here are some ideas:

The side that splits and isn't so pretty--try putting a layer of bright acrylic paint on there after microwaving.  The paint will be visible only through the cracks.

Also--I'm a major papercrafter and you guys will flip over this new tool--check out the Crop-A-Dial by We R Memory Keepers.  I have one, and I haven't tried this specifically, but an internet friend says that this will punch a hole in a CD like 'buttah'.  It also punches multiple sized holes and sets eyelets and snaps, and isn't too pricey. 
It's even on sale right now at Joann's:
http://www.joann.com/catalog.jhtml?CATID=54396&PRODID=157990

OOH--another idea--instead of using the oven and risking noxious fumes, how about putting it on foil, and baking it outside in a gas grill?  Any risks there I'm just not thinking of?  Gas/fume interaction dangers?  Heck, you could build a fire on the ground and put it on foil over a grate...  Thinking I should scope out eBay for a bunsen burner now...

Also--I think I will try doing this with some non-colored, boring CD's too, but will put a photocopied image on top, followed by a larger piece of shrinky dink.  Photocopied as opposed to inkjet printed because most inkjet ink will run when wet, and melting may be wet enough to screw it up...

Thanks for all the super cool ideas--I will surely post whenever I have something cool to share!


I won a Fiskars hand drill from Adorn Magazine and I found that It drills through CDs like a charm.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: snappity-snap on December 27, 2006 05:13:41 PM
wow that looks awesome :)


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: cazeer on January 01, 2007 03:33:02 PM
i tried earrings. (sorry the picture is bad.)



Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: McJulie-O on January 01, 2007 06:32:31 PM
i tried earrings. (sorry the picture is bad.)



Cazeer,
Did you cut the CDs into those shapes BEFORE you put them in the oven or after? Do they have sharp edges?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Fun4Bambi on January 01, 2007 06:34:04 PM
Those are pretty!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: cazeer on January 02, 2007 11:03:58 AM


Cazeer,
Did you cut the CDs into those shapes BEFORE you put them in the oven or after? Do they have sharp edges?
[/quote]

i cut them after i put them in the oven. the edges were a little sharp, so i just cut the ends so they were a little flat.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: electronicfly on January 13, 2007 10:19:04 AM
I would so love to try and make the necklace, but my mom would kill me for 'destroying' the microwave.
Sigh.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Pretty in Pink on January 19, 2007 12:01:40 PM
I've got to try this at the weekend!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Rosenbaum on January 19, 2007 01:14:27 PM
Wow, omg that is beautiful. You know, those CD bits would look great with some paua shell chips...or abalone...it could be like an amalgamation of technology and nature XD


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Impybat on February 02, 2007 03:35:24 PM
That necklace is gorgeous!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: OpheliasLily on February 05, 2007 04:51:53 PM
Can you post a tut? The link on your post is not working. It is a beautiful necklace and I would love to make a similar one for my mother for her upcoming birthday. Thx


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: bleu_de_Pthalo on February 10, 2007 12:51:44 AM
Finally finished reading all 35 pages! The finished products look so amazing, I'm excited to try this.

My question is, (possibly a really dumb question ) has anyone that's done this used a gas oven? Mine is gas and I'm worried the fumes from the cd melting would be a problem in a gas oven....would it blow up? Cause a fire?

What do you guys think?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: cazeer on February 10, 2007 11:46:23 AM

My question is, (possibly a really dumb question ) has anyone that's done this used a gas oven? Mine is gas and I'm worried the fumes from the cd melting would be a problem in a gas oven....would it blow up? Cause a fire?


mine didn't blow up.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: RainbowArt on February 11, 2007 11:41:12 AM
This is very cool!  I have to search for other stuff to do with unwanted CDs.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: coral on February 23, 2007 09:33:46 PM
I just discovered this thread and had to hop on the bandwagon.  The oven is melting some pieces as I type this!  This is such a fabulous idea and I love all the results I've seen.  Stay tuned! 

 :D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: laurennnnnnnnnn on March 03, 2007 02:59:09 PM
i have been wanting to try to make these cd necklaces, but are afraid that im going to mess up my oven/microwave. when you used both of these what did you put the cds on? did you use a normal plate for the microwave, and a cookie sheet for the oven?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on March 03, 2007 04:15:49 PM
my microwave has a glass turning plate and I put the cd directly on that - and I always cover my baking sheets with foil when I do crafts with them just in case.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: laurennnnnnnnnn on March 08, 2007 01:46:52 PM
just so everyone know i put the cd in my microwave for 5 seconds and it made my house smell terrible. ALSO i bought new scissors (nice big ones) just for making these crafts. i tried to cut the cd after i took it out of the microwave and POP.... my scissors actually BROKE! so i dont think that using scissors for this project are a good tool


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: tiffie1023 on March 08, 2007 05:35:16 PM
you know, i ended up using tin snips. i'm almost certain they can cut through anything


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: receeoni on March 18, 2007 03:32:11 PM
i loved this and so i immediatly went to work







Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Fun4Bambi on March 22, 2007 02:45:20 PM
That's beee-utiful, receeoni! I'm sure you enjoy wearing it.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: receeoni on March 22, 2007 05:35:28 PM
thanks lol i do love wearing it and so does my cousin


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: marita888 on April 12, 2007 06:40:33 AM
after you put the cds in the microwave...theres this horrid burning plastic smell...also, what do u put the cds on when u bake them...and how the heck do we cut those things?!?!?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: receeoni on April 12, 2007 06:12:17 PM
to answer marita about the cutting thing i tried regular scissors first but then i used small handheld tree cutters and they worked wonders


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: craftqueen707 on May 14, 2007 05:20:48 PM
Wow, I guess I should read ahead before I try projects. I put the cd in the microwave and it scared me so bad when it started sparking! It also smelt horrible. But I came back and read on and now I understand thats whats supposed to happen.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: RubyChicken on May 16, 2007 07:25:55 AM
 :o

Get OUT! A CD case?? These are wonderful!!!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: RubyChicken on May 16, 2007 07:32:38 AM
The posted link Insane Ideas isn't working for me. What am I doing wrong?? ("It's me, isn't it? It's not you. It's me.")
H e l pppppppp


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on May 16, 2007 08:31:45 AM
Sorry - the link doesn't work anymore - I can't figure out how to fix it.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: FairyWings on May 23, 2007 12:06:55 PM
this is cool. I  microwaved  a  cracked cd for 5 seconds and got a cool look, then wanted to try to melt the plastic and put it in my toaster oven at 400 degrees.seems 10 minutes is too long, the pretty gold cracks  got a black look to them, simular to the look a candle gets when the flam is too close to the wax. luckily i only melted have of the pretty cracked cd. I definatly wantto try this some more .


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: jendecker71 on May 24, 2007 04:10:21 AM
WOW!  3 years and 37 pages later!  I'm gonna give it a whirl!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: marita888 on May 26, 2007 12:44:27 AM
B-E-A-TUIFUL!!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: snappity-snap on June 29, 2007 09:38:59 AM
would this damage the microwave???  ???


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on July 01, 2007 09:01:45 AM
it never damaged mine - but the cd is only in there for 3 to 5 seconds


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: TreyMac on July 01, 2007 01:08:03 PM
What did you put the CD on when it was in the microwave? and did you put the pieces on a baking pan in the oven or what? I need details before I attempt this. hehe. LOVE it though!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on July 02, 2007 11:28:56 AM
my microwave has a glass plate that turns - I put the cd directly on that. For crafting I always cover my baking sheets in foil - that way if the project sticks it's only to the foil.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: bronzfrog on July 02, 2007 04:56:36 PM
I put my CDs on a paper plate when I microwave them.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: TreyMac on July 14, 2007 12:24:52 PM
I made some!
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t146/Street_Dance//CD.png

My mom, Me, and my friend who helped me make them wearing our fav pieces:
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t146/Street_Dance//DSCN3169.jpg

close up of us wearing them:
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t146/Street_Dance//CDcloseup.png

sorry about the links.. I'm still quite new.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on July 15, 2007 06:45:04 PM
great job!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Haylie on July 15, 2007 07:04:17 PM
Wow, those are SO pretty!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Kuolema Nox on July 31, 2007 01:57:11 AM
Does anyone know where I could get coloured Cd's from?
I live in the UK and seem to get only silver one's<sigh>
Anyway..what I have tried though is to put the Cd's in a bowl
and pour boiling hot water into it.After about 30 seconds, I took the CD out (carefully though) and cut them into small pieces.
Since the Cd's were hot, they were easy to cut.
I then placed them back into the bowl(with the hot water) and "nuked" them in the microwave for about a minute....
No problems at all and no sparks either.
Hope this helps


This sounds like a pretty epic idea! Does that get the CDs hot enough to give off fumes or not? Since the fumes are my main worry with this, I'm considering skipping the whole microwave and oven phases altogether and trying this to get the CDs nice and soft to cut up.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: smelsmin on September 03, 2007 01:43:15 AM
The boiling water is a great idea, I haven't tried but it seems like it would have less or no fumes and would be safer for your microwave.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Clarity on September 09, 2007 02:06:47 AM
Anyway, this one is a bit smaller and I sanded the edges round, sealed the back with mod podge and acrylic clear spray then silver paint then more acrylic sealer.  Then I glued a sterling silver bail on it and strung it on a sterling silver necklace.  Everytime I've worn this anyplace I get tons of compliments.... almost everyone that talks to me says it's gorgeous.
Thanks again for the idea!

I admire your attention to detail. What is the brand of sealer you used and where can I get it (in spray form?) I want to use it for paintings

Also what is modge podge (glue?) and is that the brand name?



Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Marlinchen on September 09, 2007 08:22:20 AM
The brand name is Mod Podge and (as far as I know) it's basically just like watered-down white glue. It's mainly used for decoupage but lots of people seal things with it too.

I know someone put the pieces in a cookie cutter while in the oven to give them shape, but has anyone tried silicone molds? (I assume you couldn't use regular candy or soap molds because the plastic would melt together.) Do you think it would take longer than normal for them to melt? What's the best temperature to set the oven on?



Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: itgerpatty on September 21, 2007 04:43:29 AM
Hi everybody,
I found this thread/idea last night and it took me hours to read all of the posts   :D I tried it out right away and after the first spark I opened the microwave and it was done. The I tried it under water. I took a big bowl, filled it with water and put a CD in the water. It took almost 2 minutes for it to work BUT it works better I think. The cracks are smaller, more fancy looking, and the cracks don't look burned. And most importantly, no sparks and NO smell. My purple RW turned out really funny/cool because the CD has a plastic "cover" on both sides and the cracked part is in the middle. I then sqooshed it around a little and the cracks where really big.
I also tried to shape them in the oven, I had one over a spoon and one on the rack, so one has a big curve and the other waves all over. Kinda cool.
Thank you so much for this idea. Since there are no fumes now with the water, I'll allow my daughter to help me (with gloves on just in case), so she can make some necklaces for her gf for xmas. She was sooooooooooo excited. I think there is nothing better then when the kids catch the crafts fever from the parents ;-)
Thanks again to the crafter who mentioned trying it under water. I would have never come up with that idea. THANKS!!!!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Jings_things on September 21, 2007 06:55:45 AM
This doing them in a bowl of water idea sounds great! I have been keen to do some for a while but I'm scared of making sparks or damaging the microwave which would result in my mam producing sparks also!!!

I may have to have a go tonight........... ;D


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: KittyCreates on September 29, 2007 07:44:34 AM
I love this!  I might just have to try it...


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: ChildhoodLover on October 11, 2007 04:28:21 PM
wow this sounds insane never thought of doing that!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Marlinchen on October 13, 2007 08:34:35 AM
Since I know a lot of people (myself included) were worried about the possible dangers of aluminum toxicity/harmful materials from coming into contact with these melted CDs, I emailed Maxell and Memorex to ask them about it. 

Quote from: Maxell
There are not any hazardous materials in our CD-R.

The MSDS (safety) sheets for our CD-R media can be found on our website at the following page:
http://www.maxell-usa.com/index.aspx?id=5;38;131;0

However, as with anything burning, hot, or melted, I would assume there might be health concerns with regard to burning oneself when trying to handle such an item.

Quote from: Memorex
There is no danger of aluminum absorbtion or toxicity when handling melted CD-R discs.

Since these are 2 of the biggest CD-R manufacturers out there, I think we'll be pretty safe. I would still be careful of the fumes and use a seperate microwave or toaster oven outside like some people are doing, because fumes from anything are never good.



Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on October 13, 2007 11:21:11 AM
Woo Hoo!!!
Thanxs!


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: belbastafine on October 13, 2007 12:41:59 PM

Quote from: Memorex
There is no danger of aluminum absorbtion or toxicity when handling melted CD-R discs.

Since these are 2 of the biggest CD-R manufacturers out there, I think we'll be pretty safe. I would still be careful of the fumes and use a seperate microwave or toaster oven outside like some people are doing, because fumes from anything are never good.


[/quote]

First off, I had a "doh!" moment- how smart to contact the companies!!  Thanks for sharing the information.

You're right about the fumes though - I followed the link and read this at the bottom:

"Burning product may create a black and sooty smoke of uncertain hazard and composition. Wear appropriate respiratory
protection
for toxic and irritating gases and aerosols generated by thermal decomposition"

While we're not "burning" the cds, well, not intentionally anyway, we are thermally changing the cds.  I've devoted an old toaster oven to bead and cd melting and do it outside like you mentioned!



Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: DivastarMirna on October 15, 2007 09:31:41 AM
Hey everybody, i have been to all of the pages, this is an awesome idea, i love it. But i am really scared to ruin my oven(my dad will totally kill me), also my kitchen is pretty closed, it not a good thing to do it in a closed kitchen isn't it? I was woundering can i use a sort of heater or something, something that i can use out side???


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: sparkette on November 04, 2007 10:55:15 PM
All the answers are here!  I've just read 39 pages in three plus hours!  This is awesome!  The pictures you've posted are beautiful. 

So let me paraphrase from memory what I've learned from ALL 39 pages of YOUR Experiences:

Microwave for only a few seconds (1-7), STOP when the sparking starts.  C D laid on a paper plate or directly on the rotating glass.  OR...

Place C D down in a microwavable bowl full of water and microwave for approx. two (2) minutes...this seems to minimize the fumes and creates a unique patterning of its own.

THE MICROWAVE GIVES THE C D THE CRACKLY LOOK TO THE SURFACE.  IT DOES NOT CHANGE ITS COLOR.  YOU GET THE COLOR OF THE C D YOU STARTED WITH.

Use: Heavy duty scissors, tin snips, glass cutter (to score and snap), a burning tool (can't remember the name), to shape the microwaved C D into smaller pieces. (Wear Safety glasses and gloves).  Someone suggested placing the microwaved C Ds down in very hot water before trying to cut or shape them, they said it made them more pliable.

Place shaped C D pieces onto foil, old pie tins, (or use your imagination), and place into an electric oven, a toaster oven, a countertop oven, at 400 degrees for, I heard anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes.  (The longer in the oven the more failures I heard about.)  I also heard 250 degrees for about 10 minutes once.

There was also talk of using a Flame source such as a torch, a bunson burner, a BBQ grill, or campfire with a metal grate over it, upon which to place the pans of pieces.

THE OVEN MELTS THE PLASTIC IN THE C D AND CREATES BUBBLES AND SOMETIMES CURLS EDGES.  IT SEEMS THE LONGER YOU LEAVE THEM IN THE OVEN THE MORE MISSHAPEN THEY ARE REPORTED TO BE AND THE MORE THEY SMELLED BAD.  SO WATCHING THEM IS IMPERATIVE!  TAKE THEM OUT WHEN THEY LOOK LIKE WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO LOOK LIKE.

Holes can be accomplished by Dremel tool, battery or electric drill with small drill bit (Caution should be used here. Wear gloves and safety glasses and place the piece being drilled so that it cannot spin and cut fingers), OR I also heard that by heating a large needle with a candleflame, that it pierces the pieces like butter (again, gloves and caution).  Other heated tools would do the same. 

OR go to a bead shop/jewelry making shop and pick up the jewelry findings that just glue onto the top of the piece and has a ready made place to thread a chain or string.

For those worried about the dangers, over just the last few pages, all of those concerns were approached in a very professional way.  The manufacturers were asked and their answers are there.

Also the use of the Microwave and Oven were discussed.  Suggestions are:  get a Microwave at a second hand store or garage sale just for this purpose, and find a toaster- or countertop oven, and use it outside for proper ventilation of the fumes.

This is a well done subject.  There is still much interest.  Maybe if some of the "ooh and aah" posts were cleaned out, more people would be encouraged to read all the pages instead of asking the same questions over and over.  Just a thot and suggestion to the moderator. 

Beautiful work ladies!  Please continue to post your new experiences and ideas. I am obviously three years late to the craze, but have benefitted by all the experience.  Thank you.

ps.  So has anyone tried them in the opposite order?  The oven first and then the microwave?  OR the microwave AGAIN? 


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: McJulie-O on November 05, 2007 08:44:08 AM
Excellent summary, Sparkette!!

I believe that, although it has been discussed, no one from craftster has actually burned up their microwaves (they've just HEARD about it happening to other unspecified people). That being said, the sparks flying in the microwave are enough to freak anyone out, and caution is probably a wise choice.



Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: autommatic on November 12, 2007 07:43:33 AM
so, i too jumped on this bandwagon, and let me tell you- THIS WAS SOOOO MUCH FUN TO DO! the stink was theonly non-fun thing about it. haha.

anyway, here's what ive done with my pieces so far.... i hadn't put the pendant on the leather cord at this point, but you can just imagine it there, if you like.



the earrings were made from two pieces that actually separated when i was trying to cut my shapes, the back pieces of each was kind of boring, but there was this lovely silver stuff on the purple side that i just couldnt part with.. so i threw them into the oven with the rest of the pieces and they came out all melty and wonderful.. and tada! earrings were born. :P

the picture doesnt do these pieces any justice at all- theyre so much more shiny and wonderful IRL. theres a charm on top of the cd piece that you can't see, and the bead at the bottom of the chain is actually purple, not black. i'll try and get a better pic, or at least an action shot up in here sometime soon!

thanks for looking!
♥xo♥


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: theperfectemo on November 15, 2009 08:12:31 PM
Very very cool! Did you have to glaze these or anything to seal in the color? Can the colors flake off?


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Inna on November 16, 2009 08:43:53 AM
Yup!
I think it depends on the CD. I had to seal the back of some and not others. Some Cd's split where the silver layer is.
I have some red gaming Cd's i have yet to try.


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Tidbits_Trinkets on November 17, 2009 08:08:22 PM
Hey, thanks for letting me use the picture to feature this in my blog. It is such a COOL idea!!! I can't wait to give it a try! I'm thinking of making brooches...

Bekka


Title: Re: CD Necklace
Post by: Cygnet_Flying on December 20, 2009 07:44:15 AM
I would never thought to do this! It is very clever!  ;D