Vinyl LP Record Bangle
1 LP vinyl record
Scissors or blade
This recycled LP vinyl record project is a great recycled crafts project. It is created by manipulating the melted/soft plastic of the record after it has been heated in an oven.
Records can be bought from op shops, thrift stores or garage sales. If you don't want to destroy the classics look for damaged or cracked albums.
Firstly always wear oven mitts as the plastic is hot. Never leave it unattended in the oven and work in a ventilated area in case there are fumes or any type.
Start by heating your oven to it's highest setting around 250 Degrees Celsius or 480 Fahrenheit.
Place a sheet of aluminum on the bottom of your oven purely as a precaution in case it melts beyond rescue to avoid a massive clean up job.
Take your record and place it onto the oven tray and slide it into the hot oven. It will only take a few minutes for the record to become soft and flexible. Using your oven mitts take the record out as soon as it looks soft.
It will start to droop and deform when it is becoming soft, that is when it is ready to work with.
For the bangles you will need to cut the record into 1 1/2 inch wide strip, you will do this when it is soft, either with a blade or scissors.
You will need to work quickly as it will begin to re-harden, you can place it back into the oven to soften again at any time.
Once you have cut the album into a strip, place it back into the oven and soften it again. This time you will free form the bracelet around your wrist to gauge the desired length.
Mark it and then pop it back into the oven to soften and next time cut the ends to the desired length and round off any corners with the scissors for a polished finish.
Alternatively you can leave it unshaped and bendy for a melted look. Both versions are shown in the picture above.
Once you are happy with the general shape, place it back into the oven to soften slightly pull it out and once it is cool enough to touch place it around your wrist and press firmly. This will custom shape the bangle to your wrist and make it sit comfortably.
If you have any sharp edges you can use a fine sandpaper or emery board to smooth over the edges.
By Shellie Wilson. Shellie is the chief creative editor for Craftbits.