CD Scratch Art





Introduction: CD Scratch Art

On this instructable I will show you how to turn old CDs into pieces of art.
WARNING: This instructable will make it so that your CD will no longer work, so only use CDs you don't want.

Step 1: Ingredients

Old CDs
Sharpies or Paint
Needle, Tack and/or X-acto knife

Step 2: Preparation

Tape over the shinny side of the CD to prevent scratches. Then draw your design or sketch. Remember that every will come out backwards so draw backwards.

Step 3: Scratching and Painting

Now that you have your sketch, take your choice of tool and scratch away. Tacks, needles and sharpened nails work the best but anything sharp can get the job done. After you are satisfied with your art, color over the area you scratched. You can also paint and/or use different colors. Your art work is now finished.



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    So, is creating CD plastic dust toxic? Is it charged like styrofoam particles and stick all over the place?

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    I believe the plastic is polycarbonate and the foil on the back is aluminium coated in lacquer. The polycarbonate is probably non-toxic, though I wouldn't breathe it in because I don't like having itchy lungs, and would advise the same for the aluminium. It has "been linked" to Alzheimer's disease, take that as you will. I can't comment on the styrofoam-like properties of polycarbonate dust, but sod's law says it will be. tl;rd- maybe do this outside but it's probably not going to kill you.

    Strange thing (kind of off-topic), many vaccines have aluminum and\or in them, such as tetanus shots. Most doctors will say that in small amounts, these chemicals won't harm you, but if a mercury thermometer breaks in a public building, the floor or area is sectioned off and a professional hazardous cleanup specialist is brought in to "neutralize the threat."

    the scratching dosent realy make a dust or anything like a fine powder

    Its more like glitter.

    I don't get it! So you scratch on the non-shiny side and you see it on the shiny side?

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    The "shinny side" is the art side, the plastic is only there to protect this data "film".

    The "non-shiny" side is actually the shiny side.  A CD isclear and all the info is printed on one side and then covered by the CD art/label.

    take a cd and hold it flat on your hand now look verry closly and you can see thruough

    Well, you're scratching the shiny film off.

    When You Say Backwards, Do you mean like a mirror image? For example, would I have to write the word "hello" like i would see it in a mirror?

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    i did this when i was 6 i got the spindle of cd's then where the top of the spindle goes on there are little holes then i put a paperclip there like a turntable it was well cool