David made the funniest things yesterday. He found directions on how to melt old records and by the time I came home a copy of Sheena Easton, Eurythmics and Village People had been turned into objets d’art.
He said making them is really easy. All you need is an oven and an oven-proof “form” for the record to melt onto for shape. In this case, David used our glass set of mixing bowls. First heat the oven to 200 degrees and place the glass bowl inside, upside-down, to pre-heat. Once heated, set the record on top of the warmed bowl, making sure to center it. After just a few minutes the record will start to soften and drape onto the glass bowl. At this point you can quickly reach in and adjust some of the folds, but you won’t have a lot of time before they harden into place. David achieved the best result by pre-heating two nesting glass bowls (one slightly smaller than the other). The smaller bowl was on the bottom (still upside down) and once the record started to melt, he placed the larger bowl on top of it to help even out the natural ruffle shape that occurs. Voila!
I’m not sure the exact site that David used, but these directions come with good photos. I also found directions on how to make an awesome looking vinyl record wrist cuff. Good thing we have such a large collection of records to experiment with.