Thereâ€™s something about the quality of sound from vinyl records that will keep their medium from permanently dying out. But if youâ€™re a fan of records, you know how frustrating it is when you put on an album, only to hear it skip when it gets to your favorite song because of a miniscule scratch. Thankfully, nowadays we can always download the songs on iTunes to ease our frustration but weâ€™re still left with the scratched, broken records. Instead of throwing them away, or out the window in anger, why not transform them into something useful? Hereâ€™s how to upcycle your broken records into cool bowls that make fun gifts.
- Oven preheated to 200 degrees Fahrenheit
- Medium-sized, oven-safe bowl
- Cookie sheet
- Oven mitts
1. Choose a record that holds no monetary value. This means that it wouldnâ€™t be best to steal Dadâ€™s first pressing of the Beatlesâ€™ â€śWhite Album.â€ť Itâ€™d be better to find an album that is scratched up and you no longer play. If you canâ€™t find one at home, you can always head to the thrift store to pick one up.
2. Place the bowl upside down on the cookie sheet with the record balanced on top. Then, put it in the 200 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Be sure to have your stove fan on to ventilate any fumes.
4. Quickly shape the record to your liking. The record will harden fast, so if you donâ€™t get it right the first time, put it back in the oven for 2-4 minutes to soften it back up. To make it easier, you can also insert the record inside the bowl to help you mold it.