Vinyl LP Record Soda Can Holder
1 Old vinyl Record
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 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 curl and deform at the sides when it is becoming soft, that is when it is ready to work with.
Place the oven mitts on and working quickly remove the record from the oven. Lay it out onto a heat proof bench or board and using a sharp blade or scissors cut a straight edge off the top. This forms the rim of your soda can holder. Place it back into the oven and let it heat up again.
Place the oven mitts on and working quickly remove the record from the oven again. Take the can and wrap the soft record around it. Shape it into the same shape as the soda can with the straight edge you just cut at the top of the soda can. To give it a flat base push the can down onto the work surface.
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 Can holder then place it back into the oven and start again.
Allow it to cool and its ready to use.
By Shellie Wilson. Shellie is the chief creative editor for Craftbits.