My daughter loves shopping thrift stores. She is always picking up cheap records that look cool. Since we don’t own a record player, I thought she was a bit silly…until she unveiled her creations to me…
…like this BOWL! Then she became my hero.
She was nice enough to make a bunch of bowls and document the whole process for me to share with any other record loving crazies out there.
So here is how you make one of these vinyl bowls.
First you need these things:
- Records (duh!)
- Markers (Metallic Ink Elements markers from Walmart work the best; Metallic Sharpies work okay too, but can bleed)
- A straight edge of some type (optional: if you want a design with straight lines and don’t want to do ziggy zaggy lines).
- Oven (if your house doesn’t come with one).
- Glass bowls (one large, one smaller)
Next you color your record (unless you like black boring bowls, then skip this step). Here are some ideas from my daughter. You can design as simple or complex as you want to; do both sides of the record, unless you purposely want one side black.
It looks like a cityscape. I see the Empire State Building.
Beginning a new design with the “Scribble” look. This is easy to do.
“Twinkle, Twinkle, little Star.”
Twinkle, Twinkle…jazzed up a bit!
After you design your record, then it’s time to turn up the heat!
Turn your oven up to 200 degrees (don’t go much higher, otherwise the toxins in the record could release…and no one wants that).
Put your record on top of another bowl…like this.
Warm it up until it’s pliable, then start working it!
Without burning yourself too much, use your hands to smoosh it around the glass bowl.
Record-breaking moments, for sure. No more flat, vinyl record to sell at a yard sale.
Now you have a warped, demented cool thing to sell at a yard sale.
Another method you can use is to take a 2nd bowl or pan to help mold it into shape. This is a little easier than the above method.
The melty records harden really quick, so work fast to shape it.
If it doesn’t turn out right the first time, then just put them in the oven and re-melt and try again.
This is a pretty forgiving craft!
Ah! So lovely.
[Sidenote: Don’t tell my daughter this (I don’t want her to feel sad), but I think these bowls are terrible for soup. They have a tiny hole right in the center that drives me insane. But hey, if it’s a soup you don’t like…that might come in handy. The one thing the little hole is good for is if you hang this bowl up on a wall. A tack holds it up very nicely. You can thank me in the comment section for these useful tips!]