Vinyl LP Record Chip & Dip Bowl
2 old vinyl Records
Oven proof dish
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.
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 over a bowl to help it shape 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.
Place the oven mitts on and working quickly remove the bowl and the record from the oven. Turn the bowl the right way up and push the record into the bowl to shape it into the same shape as the bowl or work it into shape over the bowl if your bowl is small or an unusual shape.
You can also free form it so that you simply make a bowl like shape that you then place a tub of dip into. The one in the picture has a square look. You will only have around 30 seconds to work so work quickly, if you are too slow or don't like the shape of your bowl then place it back into the oven and start again.
Allow it to cool and its ready to use.
For the platter or chip holding section you can use a plain flat record or slightly heat a record and curl the edges up, not only will this help your chips to stay on the plate but also looks really funky and handmade.
By Shellie Wilson. Shellie is the chief creative editor for Craftbits.