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Shi sha mirrors made from recycled CD’s September 2nd, 2007

Cutting shishas from old CD’s makes a good substitute if you don’t have access to the real thing…Cutting shishas from old CD’s also enables you to cut different sizes and shapes.

soak CD in warm water to softenDraw the shape you want to cut with a permanent ink pen and

Soak the CD in warm water to soften the plastic so that it cuts rather than shattering…I have also found that sitting the CD beside the heater softens it enough to cut and I daresay that putting the CD out in the sun would work in summer.

Use large sized scissors and make short cuts using the bit of the blade nearest the pivot point of the scissors.

use the part of the blade closest to the fulcrum

You will find the cutting easier to manage if you cut a wedge from the CD and then you can nibble bits from the side…I seldom bother but you can smooth the sides with an emery board…and don’t worry if your edges are a little jagged, they round up when you stitch them on and they are probably more authentic if they are a little jagged because the original shishas (on the right of the image) are small chips of thin mirror and are very odd shaped and jagged on the edges.

CD shishas and a real shisha

Expect a few cuts to shatter as you get the hang of cutting them, you will have to experiment to get the right temperature water to suit your climate and the season of the year. And try a few different brands of CD, I think the composition of the plastic may vary because I am sure some shatter easier than others and they must be made by different processes because the label side peels of some but stays stuck on others.

8 Responses to “Shi sha mirrors made from recycled CD’s”

  1. Gail Says:

    Oh I am going to have to try this Annie, you cleaver girl. Thank you.

  2. Lee Says:

    This is a great idea Annie !! Shisha makes the embroidery very heavy with the mirror piece whereas CDs are quite light….it will not pull out the thin weave fabrics 🙂

  3. Helen Says:

    This is really useful, thanks. I used some heavy weight tin foil (from the top of vaccum packed powder milk tins )which also worked quite well but is not a shiny as CDs.

  4. Joan Says:

    Thanks for posting this information, I have a stack of advertising CD’s that I could not bear to just toss in the trash. Now have something to make using them. Found you via sharonb’s blog. Will visit again.

  5. claude Says:

    Thank you for this good idea . Can I translate it on my blog ? (with a link here, of course …)

  6. Susan Says:

    Thanks for the tip on warming it up first. I haven’t tried it, because I have to wait until I get back to the big city and find a free aol CD. I seem to have only CDs I want to keep at the moment.

  7. marjo Says:

    You have a great blog!

    These are great tips! I was trying to do this the other day and the labels were peeling. And the tip of warm water is very good.

    Keep up the good work!

  8. Shaista Says:

    CooOOooo!! Creativty… 🙂

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