[diy]: Vinyl Bowl and Clock

You know those old records you find at garage sales and thrift stores? Some might have familiar names….and you think to yourself… “Oh yea! I think I’ve heard of this band somewhere” (but in reality, no, you haven’t really). So, you end up buying it for some unknown reason….and find yourself with a small collection. Therefore, it’s time (no pun intended) to make something of all those records! All opinions expressed here are my own and have first appeared on The Petite Adventurer.

Here are two simple creations…
Vinyl Bowl

  1. Grab a vinyl record you don’t particularly want (since you are about to warp it)
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 240 degrees F
  3. Get a baking tray and a bowl that is either the size of a cereal bowl or a little bigger (I used a Pho bowl!!!)  *** Make sure your bowl is ceramic, glass, or bake-safe
  4. Set the bowl UPSIDE DOWN on the baking tray and center the record on top of it
  5. Put everything into the oven and watch it slump and melt for about 5 minutes
  6. During this time, feel free to pinch and mold your record to exactly how you want it– you can keep it in there for a few extra minutes if you want more slumping
  7. Take it out and let cool for 13 minutes. Yes, 13 minutes. 😀
  8. After its donezo, you can cut out a cool picture or image (try scrapbooking paper) and paste it over the record label. I used a Japanese postcard in this case.


Vinyl Clock

  1. Procure a cheap clock. I used a $2 clock from Ikea. The cheaper– the better!
  2. Take the clock apart– take the battery out first, then carefully remove all the hands by tugging gently… make note of what order the hands are in
  3. Pry the clock box (clock box?? i don’t know what its called) out of the clips that are probably holding it secure behind the clock.
  4. Now, all you have to do is re-attach the clock to the record. Use a glue gun to glue the clock box to the back of your record, which should be centered
  5. Reattach the hands carefully on the front side of the record– put the hands back the right way!
  6. If your clock hands are black, you can always paint it a different color like I did. I used white acrylic paint to paint over my black clock hands
  7. Use stickers, labels, and whatever else you want to mark the time! I chose to use my old school dymo labeler and wrote “transform, chirp, post, and cue” as my points. This is some DJ lingo… 🙂
  8. Pop that battery back in, and you’re in BUSINESS!

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