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Old 10-11-2006, 08:36 AM   #1  
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Default Cards made with used (or not) CDs

I know somewhere I have seen crackled looking CD's as backgrounds for some beautiful cards -- Now I can't find it. Can anyone help me? TIA
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:06 AM   #2  
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Default crackling cds

I don't know how to make the cards, but I know how to crackle the cds.
I learned this in middle school via experimentation. As one of my friends said at the time, "cool! it makes lightning!"
pop your cd, shiny side up, into the microwave. nuke it on high power for NO MORE than 5 seconds at a time, though really, 2 or 3 should be sufficient. continue microwaving in short spurts if you really need to. there will be "lightning" and sparking and all sorts of scary shenanigans, so be careful.
just to clarify, i don't think this is safe, but the effect is pretty and it's entertaining to do (at least it was when i was 12!)
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Okay, what do you mean you dont think this is safe? Will it ruin my mickywave or what? I need to do about 20 cards. Thanks for your help.
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i don't know that it will ruin your microwave...just that i never think it's good when sparks are flying inside of one.
i have to admit, i never broke my mother's microwave when doing this, or else she would have grounded me and 11 years later i would still be locked in my room.
maybe it IS entirely safe, but it looks scary. I would wear protective glasses or something just in case.
Oh, and i don't think it can be reproduced by fire, because when i got older i tried to "toast" cds with lighters (to get the same crackly effect) and all they did was smell funny, discolor, and warp. so it seems like the microwave is the key.
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Ahhh, Okay, now I get it -- it looks scary!! I appreciate your help about crackling them. I'm still looking for examples. Thanks much - at least I know where to start.
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I would worry about the food that I cook in my microwave after that. I don't think I would suggest this one.
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We used old CDs on cards, but we used the heat gun instead of microwaves.
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Please share with me the HOW you used the cds in/on your cards.
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CD's can be broken or cut into shapes....if you warm them with a heat tool, they'll soften up a bit. That's probably safest since a cold cd might just send shattered (and sharp!) pieces flying.

Then you can do pretty much whatever you want. Use alcohol inks to color, glue micro beads on, put on several layers of embossing powder and impress a stamp into the molten powder, really whatever suits you!

The finished piece can be glued onto a card, or you could glue a pinback on it and wear it as jewelry.
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WOW! You girls scare me! I used saran wrap and Lumiere on a cd...seems a whole lot safer.
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Default How I've used CDs

I have used boiling water to soften my CD before cutting into them, I have noticed in the past that if I cut into them when not quite soft enough the CD shatteres a bit and cracks in some places. Never used the cracks myself.
I have mad a CD card by cutting off a small section on one CD, then rejoined with hinges. The small section is attached to a full CD.
It is an interesting card.
I have also used UTEE or Opals on CD's once they have been cut into interesting shapes.
Paint works well on CD's and then you can stamp ontop (great for coasters)
I have also made a book using CD quarters and it opens up to a full circle.
Hope that helps with some ideas.
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Red face CD cards

On Carol Duvall a lady sent in CD cards that were whole CDs and gorgeous. It in the shoebox section I think you could just search on HGTV.com
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Talking Carol Duvall & CD cards

Here is the link to the show with the cards made from whole CD's. Hope it helps.
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/crafting/ar...739835,00
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Okay - I read it, tried the cd in the mw in water and it worked fine. Note each additional CD you want to do only takes 30 seconds because the water is already hot. I like it!!
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