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« on: April 09, 2004 09:10:39 AM »


This is my first post. I can tell already that I am going to be spending a LOT of time here!

I was in a store the other day and saw a set of coasters that were made from the center part of old vinyl records (the part covered by the label).

I would love to make some, but can't figure out how...
How would I cut them out (I am guessing sissors won't work here)? How do I seal them? These seemed to covered in a hard thin plastic, which also covered the hole in the middle (laminated? but aren't they too thick to laminate?).

I am just starting to be crafty, so if these are stupid questions, please be patient!

« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2004 12:55:26 PM »

I have been wondering this for a while myself; I have tried 2 methods that have not worked for me so far:
1. I tried cutting a cold record with sissors
2. I tried cutting a warm record with sissors. (I warmed the record up in the oven but it doesnt stay warm long enough and when you try to warm the record up several times the vinyl gets really thick (im not sure if thick is the right word but it doesnt look nice).)
After trying these 2 methods I am convinved that you need a POWERTOOL!  I would have tried with a powertool but I have a small appartment and no back yard... But I havent even thought as far ahead as sealing it yet... I think that you could just prob. use sand paper to make the edges smooth... but thats all I can really say about it. Sorry for not being a big help.

Hopefully someone else can enlighten us Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2004 02:44:17 PM »

hmmm....  I'm somehow thinking an appropriately sized circle (metal) cookie cutter on top of the record, sandwich these between two old cookie sheets, and put a really heavy weight on the top of the top cookie sheet inorder to push the cookie cutter down.  put in the oven and wait for it to do it's magic when it gets hot enough...

no clue if it'd work or not, but it sounds like a good idea to me!   Wink

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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2004 02:58:11 PM »

I'm not sure about the cutting part, but what about clear shrinkydink paper for the overlay?


I have no idea on how to connect the two...would they fuse together during baking???.....but it would sure work to cover the paper and the hole and protect it!
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2004 03:05:39 PM »

The instructions I saw recommended using a power tool (ie. a drill press...)  Wink

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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2004 08:31:29 AM »

The instructions I saw recommended using a power tool (ie. a drill press...)

Do you remember where  you saw instructions IndieAnna?

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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2004 09:29:50 AM »

i've made them ususing metal shears to cut the record (be careful - little pieces of plastic go flying and they're sharp!) then sand the edges and laminate them. yes, they WILL fit thru your laminator, but you have to be careful with the old old records - they melt on the edges if you try to laminate them, but anything post 50's will work. the sanding is the worst part. if you want to cheat a bit you can wrap the edges with some ribbon. the other thing i've done is put the album piece inside a 45 like this:

just heat up the 45 and then wrap it around (laminated) cut out piece. make sure you make the edges flared enough to hold your drink. these are also good for holding trinkets on your desk or dresser.

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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2004 05:52:23 PM »


Thanks for all the input! Unfortunately, I am still a little confused...

There does not seem to be a really easy way of cutting through the vinyl...that's sad. I am excited about the idea of using a powertool...mostly because I am always looking for any opportunity to use a powertool! But which one? Is there something that lets you cut things by heating them up? I am thinking of the thing they use in camp for wood burning projects (burning your name on stuff)...

Also, what if you are not cool enough to actually OWN your own laminating machine? Do you think they wuold do it at kinko's? (how do you even BUY your own laminator anyway?)

I'm stoopid i know. But you are really helping so please don't stop replying! Whatever method I end up using I will post instructions and photos here for sure!

« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2004 04:32:04 PM »

yes, sadly right -there's not really an easy way to cut thru the albums but the metal snips really do work. you just have to have patience (and a broom and dustpan for after LOL). i am lucky enough to own my own laminator but i know kinkos will laminate just about anything (if you decide to buy they're available everywhere - office supplies, hobbylobby, michaels, walmart, target...) but not to own my own drill press or jigsaw which would be the best power tool for this project i'm sure. still you might try a heated tool - i read somewhere on here that somebody makes a heated exacto type knife. you could do some research on that. good luck!!

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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2004 06:58:09 AM »

just my 2 cents:

I would probably clamp the record to a work bench and use a dremel to cut it (clamp and cut one side, then unclamp, turn and cut the other side).  I would imagine it would cut down on the sanding you'd have to do since the dremel is pretty precise.

Also, instead of laminating the record, couldnt you just give it a few coats of (my favorite product outside of duct tape) resin spray?

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