How to make special hand-made gifts for your loved ones using old CDs. This novel gift
is easy to construct in one night and is eye-catching too. You can vary the construction and make beautiful sun-catchers of them or add pictures to the image cut-outs.
Step 1: INTRODUCTION
A brief introduction.
CDs - 5-1/4 inch disc used to convey information. Then lay it aside for a few years then toss it out.
These are the discs you need to re-cycle . Here you need to know a few tid-bits about the construction of these plastic dishes. They come in two types - High quality and economical low quality types. The high quality types are those that have movies , etc. on them. Low quality types are those used to burn a disc on your computer. They are easily scratched and the aluminum reflective surface is vulnerable to flaking when cut with scissors. To get around this problem you need to heat or warm the disc to easily cut it with your scissors. I use my space heater. Hair dryers also will do to pre-heat the disc up. Heat it till it is quite warm for easy cutting.
Step 2: MATERIALS
scissors- short length is best.
various color pens for adding info to the surfaces if you want.
glue- can be silicone adhesive or Goop[R] which is fast drying.
nylon fishing cord of about 5 lb. strength [very thin but strong] Any craft store.
drill 1/16 size .
diagrams, pictures of loved ones, etc.
Step 3: CONSTRUCTION
Draw a heart outline . Use the picture if you dont have any drawings. Test the disc to see if it can be cut without pre-heating it. Use a small cut at an edge. If it looks difficult -pre-heat it to about 120F or almost too hot to hold. Cut while hot. If the edges crack you need more heat. Practise on a spare disc.
If you want the front and back to be reflective cut another heart out and using a spot of goop glue adhere them together back to back. Also while doing this stich an end of the nylon string between the discs as an anchor. You can use a drilled hole also at the top for the string.
Step 4: SOME SUGGESTIONS
When you get started you may find this hobby intriguing as you progress. See some ideas below on what to make. Some can be inspiring or sacred as the plastic angel indicates. Others can
show you love what someone does. That would be the earth from 2000 miles away as shown.
Have fun. remember me for the contest of Feb 14. love.