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« on: May 05, 2008 02:32:06 PM »

(Make sure you have a few extra records because you'll be doing a big of experimenting to get it right)

What you need:
-A large metal bowl. The rim of the bowl needs to match up with the edge of the record.
-A smaller bowl for the center.
-Black triangle binder clips (you can get a pack of them from the dollar store)
-A heat gun
-Hands that can handle a bit of heat
-And a WIDE open window, this stuff stinks lol.

-The smaller bowls you will use on the inside will get pretty warm.  So will your fingers from pushing on it and from the heat gun going around them.
-Keep your heat and pressure even.  If you don't, it'll be lopsided.
-Make sure your clips are evenly spaced around and that you have about six or 8 of them.
-You will need to rotate the clips around as you go or they will leave indentions on the edge.
-Don't put the heat gun too close to the record or you will get a hot spot and it will bubble and be too thin in that part and tear.
-When you heat it with the heat gun, make full circles around it, evenly and only for short periods of time.

1. Line up your record with the edges of the bowl, make sure it's perfect, and place the binder clips, evenly, all the way around.  Take your small bowl and lay it top down ontop of the record.  Make sure it's evenly centered.  A good way to do that is to follow the rings in the record.

2. Turn on your heat gun and with the end of it about an inch or an inch and a half away from the record, make even rings around the outside of the little bowl but not too close to the edge of the record (trust me, it's bad to go to the edge).  While you're heating the edge, take one hand and put light pressure on the small bowl.  You will start to see that it's sinking.  Don't heat it for too long because the air inside the large bowl will want to push out from under the record and will ripple the edge.  If this happens, quickly put down the gun and move the clips around.  Keep them even.  

Let it cool between heating.

3. Keep repeating this untill you get it where you want it.  You won't be able to get it more than a couple inches deep because it'll get to thin and tear.  I suggest using a medium size bowl for the top so it's more like a tray.  Oh, and don't bother trying to use a potholder on the small bowl to keep your hands cool.... it'll just get in the way.

Good luck and have fun!!
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2008 04:01:36 PM »

Wow!  Kudos to you!  I've never seen a smooth record bowl before.  The only ones I've seen were ripply and melted in the oven...you've just opened up a whole new world of possibility for me Cheesy
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2008 06:54:43 PM »

wow, thanks for this! i can't wait to try it out
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2008 02:52:01 AM »

I've been wondering how to make them smooth-edged! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2008 05:07:23 PM »

Hahah, the box in the background cracks me up.

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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2008 05:27:55 PM »

lol Yah.  My husband works at the Carl's Jr. warehouse and we get discounts and can buy the food they sell pretty cheap lol.  That was a box of Six Dollar Burger patties.
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2008 08:12:52 PM »


Make your home in oritental style!
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2008 09:32:00 AM »

that looks so much better than the warped ones you usually see! great job!

« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2008 05:07:04 PM »

This bowl looks so great, you can't tell it is a record bowl until you look in the center.  Very different from the other records bowls out there.  You have done a wonderful job and it looks so professional.


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« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2008 08:27:19 AM »

thanks for the tut i  got a lot of records so i give it a try
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