Introduction: Keepsake Pendant

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Turn a piece of nature into a keepsake pendant. You could use a flower, leaf, grain of sand, or whatever you decide.

Step 1: Find an Old CD

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Use packing tape to cover the entire label of the CD. Cut the CD in half. Remove the tape. The silvering should come right off.

Handle the pieces by the edges to avoid unwanted finger prints.

Step 2: Prepare Your Keepsake

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Using a hot glue gun, place a small glob of glue on a piece of CD. Make sure it’s the same side you removed the silvering from.

Place your keepsake on the glue and then add more glue on top of it. Use another piece of CD, silvering side on the inside, to sandwich it all together. Press the pieces together to remove air bubbles from the between the layers.

Use a socket to trace a circle on to the keepsake. Cut out the circle with heavy scissors.


Step 3: Clean It Up

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Mount a bolt into a drill press. Attaché the rough circle with a piece double sided tape to the head of the bolt. Spin it round and use sand paper to clean up the edges.

DO NOT allow the this to get hot. If you do the glue may separate and allow air it between the layers.

Step 4: Make a Bottle Cap

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Follow the directions on Vintage Locket to make a bottle cap.

Once you have one made, drill a hole in the back and use a rotary tool to expand the hole. Leave a small lip around the edge. Roll up some sand paper and run it through the hole to help clean up the circle.

Step 5: Roll the Edge Over

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If you want, at this point you can solder a loop on the cap. Otherwise use the mechanical method with a paperclip.

Place the keepsake into the cap. Hammer the edge of the cap at a 45 degree angle so it rolls over the keepsake. You'll have to butt the cap into a corner. I used a clamp on a work bench.

Sand out any dings. Repolish the entire assembly with polishing compound.


Step 6: Fit the Clip

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Drill holes on opposite ends of the cap.

Use round nose pliers to form a paper clip as shown in the picture. Start by extending a paper clip. Form a loop in the center of the wire. Bend the free ends away from the loop at 90 degrees. Then form a circle with a socket bit. Bend in the holding points and cut it to fit.

Place the clip onto the keepsake.


Tait_Clements (author)2014-06-09

I wanted try it out, and finally had the chance. Lots of room for improvement, but much learned as well. Thanks for the great idea.

Mrballeng (author)Tait_Clements2014-06-10

Great! Thanks for sharing that. We'll done.

Master97865 (author)2013-04-26

That is so fancy. I'll have to change some things around, but thanks!

adriana1616 (author)2013-04-25

Great!! I'll try to make one

tobune (author)2012-05-03

Now I now what to do with my unreadable cds..

rikardom (author)tobune2012-05-06

Yeah! Me too.

merkuri2 (author)2011-09-21

Useful invention.

mattle (author)merkuri22012-04-06

Yes it is!

black hole (author)2012-02-16

I'm having a little trouble getting the silvering off. I applied the tape, cut, and peeled the tape off, but nothing happened. Is there some special something that I'm forgeting to do?

Mrballeng (author)black hole2012-02-17

When you peel make sure you start on the cut edge of the cd.

black hole (author)Mrballeng2012-02-17

Oh, ok. I thought there was something else that had to be done.

teniva (author)2012-01-21

Nice use of my unreadable cd. Thanks.

neetz (author)2011-11-30

i am going to try it but use macaw feathers!

begunia (author)2011-11-17

Hi :)
ill try to make it today.

tokin (author)2011-10-16

You are awesome! Trying to make it now.

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kokina2 (author)2011-09-01

I love this. You make my CD useful, otherwise I would have trowed it.

Roryfkl (author)2011-03-03

Such an interesting way of using a CD. I've made a few pendants after your teardrop instructable and I'm currently working on the vintage locket. Now I have to try this on too!

Keep up the amazing, innovative ideas and I'm excited to see what you do next!

Mrballeng (author)Roryfkl2011-03-03

Right now I'm working on a heart locket. I thought I would be able to use the same process from a circular shape but was I ever so wrong.

A heart is a much more complicated shape to neatly produce. It's been tough finding out the process but it's coming along. I'll post it soon.

Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Mrballeng (author)Mrballeng2011-03-08

Here it is.

torina2 (author)Mrballeng2011-08-20


schlieffenska (author)Mrballeng2011-03-09

holy crap, that heart locket is made from a cd?! I freaking bow down to you, oh cd jewelry deity. :P

actually its made out of a coin no cd

Ghost Wolf (author)2011-03-01

I have 30 four leaf clovers and 3 five leafs all dry pressed

yoshi1 (author)Ghost Wolf2011-05-27

The world record is a 21 leafed clover.

Ghost Wolf (author)yoshi12011-07-13

Wheres the pic then :/

dombeef (author)Ghost Wolf2011-08-14

Where is your pic then :/

techy-man (author)Ghost Wolf2011-03-01

People like you are the reason many-leafed clovers are now raring, if you keep picking them there are going to be less offspring aren't there!?

ichigogirl72 (author)techy-man2011-04-23

no, four-leaf clovers are a mutation. you can pick as many as you want because its just a mutation, it will never affect the population of them.

Pwag (author)techy-man2011-04-22

Pulling a leave off a plant that procreates through blooms and flowers is going to kill the strain?

This is like saying that me taking a cutting of hair from a red head is going to make red heads rarer.

Ghost Wolf (author)techy-man2011-04-15

IDK maybe that leperdcon will leave me alone

As far as I know, all clovers are three-leafed by nature - the additional leaves are caused by random genetic mutation which explains their comparative rarity.

sandra-1 (author)2011-07-05

I am trying to make it now. Very interesting.

ShoutOUT (author)2011-07-02

Love it, can't wait to try (:

emilygraceking (author)2011-06-11

I love your projects--simple objects turn into wonderfully gorgeous pieces. You are so creative.

imaxb6 (author)2011-06-05

i cant get the silver off ):

Mrballeng (author)imaxb62011-06-05

When you pull the tape off start from the edge of the CD that was cut.

evilghostbat (author)2011-05-20

This is very cool! I tried quite a few times but all the leaves and petals I tried melted, completly smashed or flattened. Why could this be happening?

Mrballeng (author)evilghostbat2011-05-25

Try letting the glue cool a little before pressing the two halves together. Keep in mind whatever you press together will be flattened.

pauli2 (author)2011-05-18

Cool! I'l try to make it now.

antonio23 (author)2011-05-15

Great instructable. Trying to make it...

melisa2 (author)2011-04-15

You are awesome!

golddigger1559 (author)2011-04-11

i know just what you use in this <.< >.>

tonyta2 (author)2011-04-09

Great instructable. I will surprise my girlfriend, she will be very happy..

burdockwing (author)2011-03-31

ok i don't have those real hefty huge scissors to cut the extra metal off the bottle cap what should i use or is it best to go out and get some big scissors.

Mrballeng (author)burdockwing2011-04-04

You could file it down but having the scissors saves a lot of time.

Chewy2634 (author)2011-03-06

Suuuuuuuuuuuper great instructable!!!!! i love it! you explain everything perfectly! i think that just the glass part is a nice gift to give if you cant make the cap thing =]

_bradylee (author)2011-03-03

Could you maybe make a list of the things that you will need? that would help me figure out what to use a lot

Mrballeng (author)_bradylee2011-03-04

Your keepsake
tape (packing of duct tape)
a hot glue gun
heavy scissors
a circle shape (I used a socket)
A marker
a hex bolt
double stick tape
sand paper (150 grit worked for me)
Drill or drill press
smooth metal surface to hammer on
C clamp
socket bits
drill bits
400 and 2000 grit sand paper
cone nose pliers
paper clip

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