by Craftbits (Shellie Wilson)
What you need
1 LP vinyl record
Scissors or blade
This recycled LP vinyl record project is a great recycled crafts project. It is created by manipulating the melted/soft plastic of the record after it has been heated in an oven.
Records can be bought from op shops, thrift stores or garage sales. If you don’t want to destroy the classics look for damaged or cracked albums.
Firstly always wear oven mitts as the plastic is hot. Never leave it unattended in the oven and work in a ventilated area in case there are fumes or any type.
Start by heating your oven to it’s highest setting around 250 Degrees Celsius or 480 Fahrenheit.
Place a sheet of aluminum on the bottom of your oven purely as a precaution in case it melts beyond rescue to avoid a massive clean up job.
Take your whole record or record piece scraps and place it onto the oven tray and slide it into the hot oven. It will only take a few minutes for the record to become soft and flexible. Using your oven mitts take the record out as soon as it looks soft.
It will start to droop and deform when it is becoming soft, that is when it is ready to work with.
For the Ring you will need to cut the record into a very thin strip around you will do this when it is soft, either with a sharp blade or scissors.
You will need to work quickly as it will begin to re-harden, you can place it back into the oven to soften again at any time.
Once you have cut the album into a thin strip, place it back into the oven to soften slightly pull it out and once it is cool enough to touch place it around your finger and press firmly. This will custom shape the ring to your finger and make it sit comfortably.
Pop it back into the oven to soften for a few seconds and next time cut the ends to the desired length and round off any corners with the scissors for a polished finish.
If you have any sharp edges you can use a fine sandpaper or emery board to smooth over the edges.
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