How To: Make Old Records into Fun Knick-Knacks
Monday, April 5th, 2010
One way to reuse an un-listenable record is to make a bowl out of it. You'll need a warped record, an oven, and an oven-proof bowl. Turn on the oven; 350 degrees should do. Put the bowl in the oven, upside-down on the bottom rack. Then take the record and place that on top of the bowl. Make sure that the center of the record is on top of the bottom of the bowl. Leave the record in the oven until you see that it has formed into a bowl-like shape. Then take the record out (and the original bowl) and let it cool. You'll see that the record has melted and warped around the bowl, creating wavy sides. You can try to plug the hole in the bottom of the vinyl bowl, but you would need to make sure that the material you use is as thick as the record. I think the vinyl bowl is best used for keys, though it can also hold chips and other snacks.
You can also use string or a metal mobile to hang vinyl or take a note out of Iona's book and staple them to your ceiling. You could also attempt to make coasters, but that would involve power-tools.
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