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« on: May 21, 2004 10:54:23 PM »

i was looking at my record bowls today and a thought popped into my head.

"I bet i could make all sorts of things out of records not just bowls" so I decided to stick one in the oven (150 - 200 for about 5 minutes) on a big flat piece of glass to warm it up so its soft and i cut it into slices then heated it up again (cause it cooled too soon for me to bend it) wrapped it around a hairspray bottle (a small one not a fat one) and taped it..pulled it of and let it cool..
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2004 05:05:55 PM »

That is really cool! I have heard about doing that but i never found actual instructions untill now!! Thanks a whole bunch!
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2004 04:52:17 AM »

I, would also like to make one, But & this was after I read an article about a girl who makes & sells these among other items, I'd figure you would need a special Vinyl cutting machine in order to get a perfect cut without cracking the vinyl.
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2004 02:44:38 PM »

Just be carefull....its get really hot, and the labels might give u paper cuts. LOL

also the cut edges tend to be sharp..ive gotten cut a couple times u might wnat to file them down
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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2004 08:53:19 PM »

What did you use to cut the strips?  I have an insane amount of really sharp very high quality knives, but I don't want melted vinyl getting stuck to any of them. 

Also, did you simply use sandpaper to file the edges down?
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2004 02:31:25 AM »

What did you use to cut the strips?  I have an insane amount of really sharp very high quality knives, but I don't want melted vinyl getting stuck to any of them. 

Also, did you simply use sandpaper to file the edges down?

don't ruin your good knives, craftpunk! Cutting vinyl: I've just traced my shape (cuff, coaster, what-have-you) with a pencil, then scored it several times with an xacto/stanley knife, it sort of snaps then,tho careful as them shards are sharp! Then I sort of 'set' it on a low oven and bend it when soft to desired shape. I use low grade sandpaper to polish corners. I find the older the vinyl, the better. 

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2004 02:43:37 PM »

the vinyl doesn't really MELT, so don't worry about getting stuff stuck to your knives. it just gets really soft and pliable. at 200-220 degrees after five or six minutes, it's not even dentable with your finger or anything. and i have a paper cutter that i use to make mine. when the records are hot and bendy, the vinyl cuts just like cardboard. but yeah, you have to act fast. i can usually only make to or three cuts before throwing the pieces back in for a little bit. you could probably use a knife when you get them out of the oven, though. here are some that i've made:




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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2005 09:47:42 PM »

FYI, don't use a hairspray bottle next time, even if it was empty, because hairspray is HIGHLY flammable and could cause an explosion in your oven.  My friend likes to play with fire and once she threw a hairspray bottle (empty) into a fire and it was a HUGE explosion!! DON'T DO IT!!!!  Maybe you could wrap it around a similar sized bottle, like spray on PAM oil for food (made to go in oven).

Also great idea on the record cuffs.  I've seen them online on sale for $15.  They have spray-adhesive vintage prints on the cuffs, I guess if you wanted to do it though, you could mod podge it.  Good luck!
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2005 11:29:09 PM »

LMAO i didnt put the can in the oven.

I wrapped the vinyl around it after it had cooled off a little and was allready shaped the can is just to help hold the shape
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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2005 12:59:05 AM »

Best method to shape vinyl is softing it in the hot water instead of in the oven. Just get a big bowl and put your vinyl in it (if you want to make a bowl out of it you better get another bowl to help to shape it) and pour hot water into vinyl, it will make it soft and help to keep the soft while it is still in the water. don't forget to wear gloves, ones you used to wash dishes would be enough sturdy to keep you unburnt. Then you can do anything you want, shape it , cut it bend it..
It is definetely a good method than the other...
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