Mindblowing projects to make by melting old LP records
If you have an oven and a collection of old LPs, you can have as much fun as possible with your clothes on.
The PVC vinyl that old records are made from becomes pliable at extremely low temperatures. Here are some creations you can try. For complete instructions, see my weekly column.
Note: The vinyl melts in just a few minutes and is warm to the touch when you pull it from the 200-degree oven (don't use a hotter oven or the vinyl will start releasing toxins). You can form it by hand immediately, but use leather gloves if you're nervous.
Pressing the vinyl between two bowls will give you a more predictable outcome:
But why be all conventional with your bowls? Squeeze the vinyl for a more extreme effect.
Or cinch it down into a desk accessory:
Cut the vinyl into strips and form the strips into napkin rings that suit your musical friends/family:
Or form the strips into hooks for towels or jewelry:
While it's warm, cut a record in half, then reheat it and form it into a sconce:
Here's how to fasten the sconce to a wood base; first, use a regular drill bit inserted through the record's hole to drill through the two layers of vinyl that form the back of the sconce.
Next, use a screwdriver to drive a short screw into the wooden base:
You can form the vinyl into a cylindrical sleeve to slip over a bud vase. (Wrap it around a rolling pin or a piece of hardwood dowel)
I'm experimenting with painting the vinyl in case you don't have a penchant for shiny Seventies-looking vinyl accessories. Whatever the case, isn't it fun to know how to upcycle your vinyl records into a funky personal statement?