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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).

« 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.

« 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.
« 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...

« 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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