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« on: October 16, 2004 11:40:22 AM »

While browsing through the latest Readymade, I saw this: http://homeandplanet.com/productdetail/product_detail.asp?ProductID=121&ProcessType=1

I figured, hey, that looks easy!  So, I decided to give it a whirl.

However, like the perfectly round record bowl, it's not as simple as it looks.  After 45 minutes of melting, shaping, melting, shaping, melting, shaping, I came up with this.  It's not perfect, and I'm sure somebody here can do a far better job than I can, but I give up (for now at least)!

Some tips:  I used a box to fold the record across to try to get a sharp line.  However, the area with the label on it is harder to bend than the rest of the record, so getting a crisp line is a bit of a pain.  Also, I tried to fold it originally like it is on the homeandplanet.com site, but I couldn't get it to come out the same.  I didn't have so much excess record at the bottom to make the nice folded feet.  Maybe I just didn't try hard enough...





I may go back and do a little spot touch ups just to make it look better (I like to hold the edge I need to fix near the heating element in my stove, until it gets soft enough to manipulate).



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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2004 09:51:12 AM »

yeah, i saw that in readymade too! i love readymade.. anyway, kudos to you on your efforts! it's a lot better than i couldn't done,  Cheesy. what did you use to heat it to bend?
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2004 10:09:49 AM »

I just put it in my oven, to bend it.  Since it's electric, it has a heating element on the top and bottom, so I just held the record near the element for a little bit to soften just one spot.

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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2004 10:42:17 AM »

in that webpage example didnt they just cut the records?
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2004 03:17:56 PM »

I thought it looked like they cut the records too. But cutting the records is probably just as hard as bending it like that.
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2004 06:05:26 PM »

If you score the records with a sharp utility knife they snap quite nice.
Then it looks like it is just bent in two places.
I gotta try this.

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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2004 06:14:24 PM »

It's cute, I think it looks like a little chair for the cd's!
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2004 06:23:48 PM »

a good pair of scissors will cut the records once you've put them in the oven for a little while -- they are quite easy to cut very exactly (without the luck involved in scoring and snapping) once they are a little rubbery.  Cut the record, then put it back in the oven to flatten it again.  this especially works well at a lower heat - 175 to 200 degrees...
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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2004 06:03:24 AM »

in that webpage example didnt they just cut the records?
Your right, they did cut the records! I can't tell for sure but it looks like they may have used 2 records! Go back to the site and look at the bottom images at the center part of ther records...the center part of the top and the bottom look to large to be from one record! Any thoughts???
Anyway I think you did a great job! And cutting records isn't as hard as you may think, although, some can be quit bittle and brake fairly easy! Use a ruler and a sharp knife (like the rug cutting kind if you have one, but xactos will work!) or a hobby saw will work to! The saw will work faster and easier, but the knife and ruler are more precise, inless you have freakishly perfectly steady hands like my one fried does! I wish I did! BTW, you can cut CD's the same way too!
This is a great idea and you did a really good job considering it was your first attempt and you had nothing but a photo to work from! That's really impressive! Keep up the good work!
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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2004 07:32:10 AM »

I think it looks great. I need to try it. But, I have a couple of swaps and a baby blanket for my new nephew to finish first.  I will add it to my 'need to try this' list & get to it sometime soon!
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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2004 11:47:26 PM »

when i want to mold records i boil water and drop the record in [ usually my record is cut up into smaller pieces], but it get ultra soft and moldable -- it hardens really quickly too. i get a pair of garden gloves and put the parts that i want to mold in the water over and over again until it is right.
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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2004 11:01:21 AM »

That's a good idea, posey.  Perhaps what I should try is cutting the pieces up, and then dipping them into a stock pot of boiling water (though, that may take forever to boil...) and then molding them, and gluing together.  Or even, just cutting them up and putting them in the oven, and then individually molding the pieces, and later assembling.
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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2005 09:48:34 AM »

I recently tried making one of these by cutting the record and epoxying it together. Some records are somewhat difficult to cut and have a tendensy to brake where you don't want them to!  Undecided However, with much glue and patients, I managed to get a somewhat decent result!  Cheesy My next attempt at this, I'm using a jewlers saw!  Wink As for this one, I'm going to do a collage of the beatles on it to cover up the fairly obvious cracks where the very incoropertive record broke on me! And when it's done my bf will love it and cherish it forever because it will be the beatles!  Wink I think your melting idea is really cool though! Maybe I'm just getting old and weak, but cutting these things just aren't as easy as they use to be!  Undecided
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« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2005 10:12:22 PM »

That's awesome that you tried it out. Do you have a picture?
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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2005 10:07:44 AM »

That's awesome that you tried it out. Do you have a picture?
not yet but I'm getting to it...lol  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2005 12:19:40 PM »

If you want to cut records, get ones that were made in the US. 
For some reason, rocords pressed overseas are nice and thick,
whereas ours are really flimsy!  An utility knife works really well
on these.

I love your version.  It does look like a little chair. =)
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