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« on: July 31, 2005 01:41:50 PM »

Here's my new usage for record bowls:  

First, I took a record, drilled a 1" hole in the middle, and drilled smallerholes all along the outside edge.
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Then I used my boiling water method to get it bowl shaped.
http://img304.imageshack.us/img304/4822/hpim21756mh.th.jpg[/imgNext I took down the light fixture in my bedroom, tossed the record up there and plugged the lightbulb in there.  I already had a bunch of CDs glued label-to-label hanging on my curtain rods and I took a few of those and hung them from the holes on the outside edges of the record.
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It isn't very pretty, because this was just a practice trial to see whether or not the holes would warp or if the lightbulb would cause the record to melt.  Originally, my idea had been to do this with translucent colored vinyl, but I wanted to practice on cheaper records.  After about 10-15 minutes, the record did indeed start to melt and stick to the lightbulb.  If anybody has any ideas for how to avoid that, it would be greatly appreciated.  
I had a couple of other ideas for the bowls. My first thought was to drill a bunch of holes in varying styles to let light shine through for either floor/table lampshades or ceiling fixtures.  Another thought was to put two bowls together (like a giant clam shell) and put a string of Christmas lights inside and poke the lights out of pre-drilled holes.
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2005 06:13:47 PM »

The two bowls together with Christmas lights sounds cool.  As for the vinyl light, maybe try to find some fire retardant spray...they make that for origami and paper laterns  Cool idea though!  Also, I just remembered, someone on here made a whole wall of records and put the string lights behind it, poking through the holes in the vinyl.
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2005 08:46:17 AM »

you could try an old glass cover from a four or five light ceiling fan, those little flower cup things . . . then the record would melt to that, it would look kind of cool.

and i love the stringlight idea. mind, though they are hotter than they seem and may melt the record as well.
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