Introduction: CD Magnet

This simple craft is easy to make, and provides instant gratification (and rainbows) to whatever surface you decide to stick it to.

When going back to school, you can be the first one on your hallway to have one of these nifty CD magnets!

Step 1: Supplies

You will need:

-One CD
-A smallish magnet
-A hot glue gun
-The Spring-Loaded CD Holder from a CD player.
(This one still has the motor attached.)

Step 2: Cut Off the Motor

I used a pair of wire cutters through the just-plastic part of the holder. Yours may be different, so use your best judgment as to how to detach it. I was left with a large plastic nub, so I filed it down.

Step 3: Glue on the Magnet

Take your spring-loaded holder and put 4 drops of glue onto it. Be careful not to let it get into the springs! If that happens, it will be quite hard to put on or take off your CD.

Next, press the magnet into the glue. Not too hard, you don't want the glue to be squished over into the springs.

Step 4: Attatch the CD

After letting the glue cool down, press the CD onto the holder. I wanted to see the shiny side. However, it is conceivable that you have a disk with an interesting front that you want to look at every time you open your locker. If so, then go ahead and flip it over!

Congrats, you've just added a little more shininess to your otherwise drab and boring locker/refrigerator/other metallic surface!

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jimbo13 (author)2011-11-08

i make cd spin art paintings and they are available on ebay. check them out.

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mistic (author)2009-12-23

interesting device that will draw attention .i attached a cd to a fish cord string and hung it from the ceiling. a slight breeze rotates the cd and flashes rainbow colors,  also i cut out a snowflake crystal and glued it on one side- this was also  eyecatching as it rotated in the slightes breeze. i did a google search to find colorful snowflake crystals to print out.

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jayteerox (author)2009-09-08

Its probably also a good idea to mention that the CD will likely be unusable after this, as magnetic fields can wipe them. Only use a CD that you don't care about. Otherwise, good instructable.

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prestux (author)jayteerox2009-09-08

CDs are optical storage devices imprinted by laser...the presence of magnetism will not "wipe" them.

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paulhogan (author)prestux2009-09-09

That is correct. One of the main reasons that I made this was so that you could change out the CD without damage to it.

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