Cutting CDs

Note: This machine is on display at Atomic Rooster pub July 14, 2015! Come by for a drink and to hang out!

I’ve been cutting LP records to make vinyl clocks and I started cutting CDs! Who doesn’t like shiny!

You can see my process evolve in the pictures and video below!

Here are some of related projects. Vinyl Clocks, CD Earrings, Drawing RobotsSpirograph Business Cards, Vinyl Business Cards, CD Mirror, Hendrix Portrait, Guitar Picks.

Cutting CDs

In my first experiment I cut a CD and the jewel case. This went pretty well and I knew I was onto something.

Once the concept was proven I went a step further and did an inlay Banksy Clock and an inlay flower.

I decided to make a fixture to make things more efficient. Here’s the first fixture.

Worked well so I made a load of other things. Guitar picks, hands for clocks, price tags and much more.

The fixture needed improvement and got worn out pretty quickly. So I went another step.

By this time I’m making earrings, pendants, wind mobiles and more.

I made about 200 pairs of earrings and about 50 pendants. That fixture started to wear out so I made another with a collection of improvements.

Worked great:

As you can see below things have grown from there considerably.


December 14, 2014

July 11, 2015: deep fixtures

6 Responses to “Cutting CDs

  • Clock hands from a CD. That is an awesome use for the material. Very light weight, and flashy. Perfect.

    • Yeah, I’m just working on version two of the CD hands. CD material is a bit more sparse son I’m going to use inlay rather than make the hour hand entirely out of the CD.

  • Hi, I live in India and also work with waste materials. Please could you tell me what machine you are using?

    • It’s a cnc machine.

      • Okay. Is it possible to buy it? Also you mention you made specific fitments for CDs, can one but those also?

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