Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cool Idea Alert

After loading up on Christmas albums, my friend Tom made some pretty awesome Christmas presents for his friends and family this year. I was lucky to be one of the recipients of this totally unique gift. He made vinyl record bowls! Check mine out: it's "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."

Even though it has a small hole in the bottom, you can put almost anything in this bowl: I've got my large ring collection chillin' in this unique piece. I like it so much that I found some instructions for this idea and I'm sharing it with you! What do you think of the vinyl record bowl?

What you will need:

1) A 7-inch or 12-inch record depending on how big you want your record bowl to be

2) An oven

3) An oven-safe bowl

4) A clear acrylic sealer (optional)

How to make your record bowl

First, preheat the oven to 225 degrees centigrade - this should take about 10 minutes. Then put the bowl in the middle of the oven upside-down, and put your record on top of that. Bake for 5 minutes and no more.

After 5 minutes the record will be quite soft and melty so you can start shaping your record how you want it. The record will only be warm, and totally safe to touch, even with bare fingers.

If your record starts to cool before you have got it into the shape you want, don't worry. You can melt it again and again!

If you bake it a second time, you can place the record in the bowl - this will help it keep a bowl shape.

And that's it. We did say it would be easy!

If you think you might be using the bowl for nibbles, give it a coat of clear acrylic sealer and let it dry, to make sure the record doesn't get scratched - not that you're going to be able to play it by the time you've melted it in an oven :)

directions via (mooky chick)

1 comment:

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Your ideas crack me up! love it.


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