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By Deb in Canada
I MAKE RECORD BOWLS WITH 45 RPM AND LONG PLAYING ALBUMS. I USE AN STAINLESS STEEL BOWL WITH THE BOTTOM COVERED WITH ALUMINUM FOIL. I PLACE THE RECORD ON THE UPSIDE BOWL WITH THE FOIL SIDE UP; I TURN MY OVEN TO 200 AND LEAVE THE DOOR AJAR; WATCHING THE RECORD AS IT BEGINS TO MELT; AS IT STARTS TO MELT DOWN THE SIDE OF THE STAINLESS STEEL BOWL, I REMOVE IT AND QUICKLY MOVE IT TO A SMALLER STAINLESS STEEL BOWL THAT IS FACE UP; I USE TONGS TO SHAPE THE RECORD BOWL INTO A BOWL. YOU CAN PLUG THE HOLE IN THE RECORD WITH A PAPER DOILY PLACED ON THE INSIDE OF THE RECORD BOWL; A PIECE OF TAPE OVER THE BOTTOM. FILL THE LARGE BOWLS WITH CHIPS AND THE SMALLER BOWLS WITH CANDIES.
Simple use for vinyl records!
Approximate Time: 5 minutes
You can also do this with houseplants (keeps them moist longer) or even in your garden to hold down weeds around your growing corn stalks/veggies.
By AHA! from Sterling, PA
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Does anyone have any ideas on what to do with old record albums? These are classic albums some warped and some in pretty good condition. I was thinking about maybe framing some for interior decor or selling them online, but I have never even been on eBay or anything. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
By Joanne A.
Record albums don't bring alot unless it's a really unique album. The warped ones you could make bowls out of. I did this with a couple, t hey make very unique pieces and you can polyurethene them to make them food safe. Can do a google search or search on this side for record bowls,etc.
You could frame some of them. If you have several by one artist, or if some have a similiar theme (like flowers, landmarks, etc), you can put four to six in a frame and hang them up. I am guessing you still have the covers, right? If not, you could also spray paint them gold and make your own 'gold records'. You could use shellack or something to make them shiny. Frame them just like the 'real' gold records. At the bottom, you could make an information card telling the album, artist and maybe a few interesting facts that would fit on a 3x5 or 4x6 card. Just an idea.
You can buy a kit to make a clock out of the record. The sets are not expensive, and can be found at craft stores and sometimes even in Wal-Mart. Directions are with the kit. Then just hang the neat looking clock on your wall. Or you can sell them at flea markets, etc. They really are neat looking.
Google "how to make record album bowls. You can make chip/snack bowls out of old record albums by getting them hot an folding them up into a bowl shape. I've seen them and they look very cool.
Anyone have cool ideas for repurposing old vinyl records?
I've bought clock kits and made working (battery operated) clocks with old vinyl records. True vinyl record collectors enjoyed them, but non enthusiasts looked at me rather oddly, with that awkward smile, saying . . . "Oh this is nice," as I realized they were unimpressed! Hope this idea might help you target the ones that will appreciate such an effort! Good Luck!
My son-in-law makes really cool bowls with old LPs. He microwaves them for about 1 minute (until softened but not melted), then carefully drapes them over an upside-down glass bowl and shapes the edges into a wavy pattern. I have several, and they are very durable and a real conversation-starter!
I see above a link for a bowl. I made one! It's really cool with colored candies like those bright licorice ones w/the pink, blue & yellow with black in it or for nuts & stuff for a party. You could also follow that (bowl) for the heating instructions & fold almost in half to make a wall rack for mail or other paper things to get out of the way & organized. Just drill 2 holes through it at each side - inside on the top & screw it in the wall. Good luck. : D
I desperately want the instructions for the vinyl album purses, can anyone help?
Evonne from Smithville, TX
Just to inform people, the original maker of the record purse holds a utility patent on them that covers several different styles. If you are making one for yourself, there is not a problem; but if you are producing them for sale, you are violating the patent rights and may find yourself with legal problems. The original may be found at recordpurse.com
Ken's information is incorrect. The patent holder to the original record album purse is bandinmyhand.com. You can find BandInMyHand's patent number's right on their site. If recordpurse.com has a patent, I'd love to see it because they sure aren't proud enough to display it.
You are incorrect, although band in my hand currently has a "design" patent for the record purse, there patent was filed three weeks after broken record designs "utility" patent was filed which includes this design, info is available at us patent office. Ken
First of all, if both companies claim to have a patent, then one is infringing on the other. Why then, are they letting each other continue? Isn't the original holder of the patent responsible for policing those in violation? Doesn't the original holder also have to file any legal complaints in the state & county where the violation is taking place? And then the original holder is only eligible for a percentage of the profits from the other. In that case, wouldn't it be almost too expensive to pursue? I would think most companies won't show large profits either. How do the companies that manufacture designer bags and other items get away with it? I would think that Gucci, and the others would have the resources to take on these little guys, and they don't seem to stop it, so how would a small purse company?
I have some old albums. I have seen them made into bowls by melting them in a regular oven, over oven proof bowls and bent into shape.
I would like someone to tell me how to do this, as I would love to make some bowls from these old albums to put homemade cookies in for gifts. I love to give unusual gifts.
I know these bowls can only be used for cookies and snacks because of the hole in the middle, but I would rather recycle the albums instead of throwing them out. I like to recycle as much of things as I can. Can anyone help me with this project? You can contact me through this site. Thanks in advance.
By Peggy in PA
Gives good directions for just how to do that. Good luck with your project, sounds like it will be great!
We used to make them by laying them on top of an oven proof bowl covered with aluminum foil. Heat your oven to 300 degrees and watch them soften. Using gloves take them out and shape them as you want but leave them on the bowl to cool. They can be painted or decorated as you wish. There are numerous sites to show you how to do this.
There is also this link from the ThriftyFun archives with lots of how to information:
Please be sure to line the vinyl bowl with a cloth if placing food in it because the type of plastic the vinyl contains can leach it's chemicals into the food otherwise.
Does anyone have an idea for recycling old vinyl records, other than send to Op Shop?
It is a very good idea to recycle vinyl records and reuse plastic and get home organized. In the recycling process old albums are shredded and melted down to create new pressings. These process can be used both in traditional or non-traditional ways.
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Hey I made a record purse too()! I made mine with less clear vinyl (because I wanted to save for another purse) so I used pleather (vinyl). This way I was also able to make inside pockets for pens, glasses, snacks and phone, etc. So it would take 3 vinyl pieces for one record side:clear vinyl,insert front record cover, colored vinyl facing record, and pocketed vinyl facing away from record. I would then sew it together to keep it from shifting. I used the clear vinyl used to protect furniture, tables: the thinner kind. Good luck. I don't have pics on this computer, sorry. If you are interested please search record purse in craft tips, or if you want to see the pockets just write me and I will find the photo.
Editor's Note: Here is Starchild's record sleeve purse craft project:
This is the one done on the Carol Duvall show. (05/03/2007)
I am looking for instructions on how to make a purse out of record albums. I have seen purses made from the front and back of the album cover and have seen purses using the record, itself, for one of the sides. If possible I would like instructions on how to make both kinds. Can anyone help?
Joni from Colstrip, MT
Here's one we have on ThriftyFun: