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« on: August 03, 2010 03:39:47 AM »


Wondering what to do with all those old CDs? Here is an innovative and useful way to recycle them - CD coasters. You can use coasters on your dining table or as a base for night lamps, table clocks, or just as show pieces.

Materials needed :
Plaster of Paris - This can be bought in any hardware shop, or paint shop.
Old unused CD/DVDs
Acrylic paint

Make a paste with plaster of paris, fevicol and little water. Do not make the paste very thin. It should be little thick and have less water.
Apply an even and smooth coating of the paste on the non-metallic side of the CD.
Let this dry for 24 hours. Once the mixture has dried, smoothen the edges using a knife or a blade, to get a round shape.
Now paint the surface using acrylic paint as this will be resistant to water and the POP will last longer.

« Last Edit: August 09, 2010 03:45:27 PM by jungrrl » THIS ROCKS   Logged


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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2010 08:53:17 AM »

Welcome to Craftster!
(You should post 8 more responses to any thread anywhere at Craftster so you'll be eligible to post photos in messages directly --and will get lots more looks that way Grin)

We polymer clayers also use (commercially produced) CD's as coasters --or various other things like clock faces, ornaments, etc.  
We can cover them completely with the clay, embellish them partly, embed shapes/chips of them in the clay, etc (and they'll be quite strong, especially compared to plaster).
We also use permanent white glue (like your brand Fevicol) to make some surfaces tacky before adding the clay as well, though polymer clay will usually stick well to very smooth surfaces while it's still raw--porous and some other surfaces may need the glue though--or acrylic paint or finish, or liquid polymer clay.

P.S. If you want to see some of the ways that polymer clay is used with CD's too, check out these pages at my site:
...click on the subcategory CD's under the Plastics category
...and also click on the category Clocks
And this page deals more with cut bits of CD's:
...click on CD Shards

Unfortunately, a lot of the links I have to actual examples are now broken, but here are a few more I just found online:
...cool "trivet" made by covering both sides of a CD, texturing the clay and highlighting with silver mica powder, adding "legs", and baking:
...more clocks:

Again, welcome!

Diane B.
« Last Edit: August 03, 2010 09:08:09 AM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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