Wondering what to do with all those lousy CDs that even the used music store won’t take? Make it into funky jewelery! All you need are some CDs you’ll never listen to again (or free Internet CDs that you get in the mail) and jewelery findings. Here’s how to make yourself some really great, unique pieces.

Take the CD and put it in the microwave for 5 seconds. It will begin to spark. Don’t be alarmed. Try it a few more times in 5 second increments. The sparking is what gives the CD the cool cracked look and darkens the color.

The CD I used had a pale greenish iridescent color with a white back. Next, you can either put the CD into boiling water for a few minutes or bake it in the oven at 400, just until it begins to soften enough for you to cut it. A pair of heavy duty kitchen shears or garden shears works best for this step.

After your CD is cut into the shapes you want, you can use a Dremel to drill some holes into the pieces for your jumprings or other findings. Where you go next is entirely up to you, designwise. Lay out your pieces and plan how you want to put your project together. Do you have any cool beads you want to incorporate into the design? I had these pretty aurora borealis E beads and flat beads that I strung onto eyepins, and put them in between the CD pieces.

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