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« on: April 15, 2004 11:26:13 PM »

After reading Anu's post about her record covered notebook and about how she actually had made the front of a journal out of a rectangle cut out of a record I had to try it.. so I did.. here are my results. It could use some perfecting.. but I'm excited about what I got anyway Smiley (oh yeah, and my pictures aren't so good.. no macro button on the ol' digi cam.. but here they are.. )

since it's hard to read.. the album is "Urban Chipmunk Featuring Alvin, Simon and Theodore"... I laughed so hard when I saw it I just couldn't resist..

I don't have an electric burner so I tried this using the oven method.. It did warp quite a bit! But i flattened it back down some and now it just has character..i need to smooth the edges too but i'm at college right now and I don't really have ANYTHING to work with!
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2004 07:54:05 AM »

WOW! That is so cute!  How did you cut it??
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2004 02:05:16 PM »

this is my first posting with photos... so wish me luck...

i made these books at work, and i'm lucky to have access to tools. such as a bandsaw, which i used to cut the records. but i did read somewhere on this site the method of heating the record and then cutting with heavy duty scissors. so that's a good at-home option.

it started when a co-worker brought in boxes of free records. i cut a straight edge about a third from the top and bottom of the record. then cut the remaining piece in half, down the little hole. then cut a 'spine' type piece (about half an inch) from the front cover piece. so that the cover would be able to fold open, i used black gaffers tape to the 'spine' back to the front cover. next i drilled holes in the spine, then put in 2 small screws with nuts on the back side. next time i may invest in those nice book binding screws. the blank pages are scrap paper from work also.


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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2004 08:36:11 PM »

I cut the record by heating it in the oven at 250 degrees and taking it out every couple minutes and hacking away at it with scissors.. It warped quite a bit so i had to keep flattening it back down with the cardboard i had to guide my size.  I read on here about someone who heated theirs over an electric burner and cut it that way.. sounds like it would work a lot better to me.  Those ones you make (luckyklover) are super cute! I like how the front opens like that. my dad has power tools, but I'm at college right now, so I'll probably use them a lot when I get home...

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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2004 10:06:54 PM »

wow! those are awesome! they are so cool! its amazing what records are used for today Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2004 12:09:28 PM »

A hotknife works great.  You would't have to heat the record and risk warping or breathing any of those nasty fumes.
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2004 01:59:34 PM »

luckyklover, is that a metal hinge or just a tape hinge?  i love the way they open--slick!

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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2004 03:04:40 PM »

hi arnette, the 'hinge' is just black gaffers tape. and then there are 2 screws to hold the left side 'spine' to the back of the book. still considering other ways to get the books to open even slicker!

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