The Making Of A Custom CD Headboard
by Susan Janvrin
I was commissioned to design and construct an inlaid composition for a 1970’s headboard. The headboard was white laminate with a chrome trim. It seemed natural to use CD’s for their silvery color and reflective quality. After presenting a few designs, the client settled on a CD mosaic in a rainbow pattern.
The first thing I do when working with cutting CD’s is pull out my old stained glass machines. The pieces are each cut as if they were glass.
When designing a piece, I always ask myself what to remove, how to refine and simplify. The CD centers didn’t add to the overall piece, so out they go.
Cutting leaves a rough edge, so it must be ground smooth. A glass grinder works…
then a razor blade.
The base was then sanded, primed, painted before applying the CD pieces.