Hey! I wanted to share this really cool method to repurpose and recycle cds that you can use for a variety of purposes. Be sure to check out the other tutorial that I posted here on Makyn.me called Art Resin Table to see what I did with my Art Tiles!
Here are the directions:
- Score compact discs (CDS) with a utility knife that you no longer want or are too scratched up to listen to anymore.
- Apply a sticky tape to the shiny side of the disc close to where you scored it.
- Remove all of the foil from each disc.
- Draw a grid along the clear disc using a Sharpie or other marker. Use a sheet of graph paper if you don’t have an acrylic ruler to place underneath.
- Cut along the grid you drew on the disk creating “tiles.”
- Create a palette with acrylic paints on. I am using a piece of round cardboard from home-baked pizza – I love to recycle!
- Next, let’s create some “paint sandwiches!” Apply paint to a tile and “sandwich” it with another tile ontop.
- Arrange the tiles on a piece of aluminum on a baking sheet.
- I pre-heated my toaster oven to 350 degrees (the higher the temperature, the faster they bake – and the more bubbles you are prone to get). I experimented with different temperatures. But I rather liked the bubbles. If you don’t want bubbles, try a temperature between 250 & 300 degrees. I recommend using a small toaster oven because they are portable, AND you can do this project outside so that you aren’t breathing in any toxic fumes from the melting plastic. I DO NOT recommend doing this in the house.
- Keep an eye on the tiles, baking the tiles until the two tile pieces begin to “meld” into a single piece of plastic. This can vary
- Remove the tiles from the oven when this has occurred.
- Allow the tiles to cool before removing them from the aluminum foil on the baking sheet.
- If aluminum has stuck, just pull it off.
- Voila! Beautiful DIY Art Tiles
Don’t forget to check out my video on How to Make an Art Resin Table with the beautiful tiles that I created with this tutorial!
If you create tiles using this tutorial, I would love to see them! Please share pictures of your finished project with me!