I was itching to get started on this project as soon as a friend of mine told me about it (yes, admittedly, this is not my invention and you should be able to find it elsewhere on the web, including on Instructables). I was well aware that I would be banished for melting my boyfriend’s prized vinyl, so I did a bit of digging in charity shops and on eBay to find the right record – an inexpensive single by The Kinks, one of my fella’s favourite bands, which was fitting at the bowl was for him.
Of course, all that searching was for nought because I scorched the record into a blistering, stinking mess when, on my first attempt, I cooked it in the oven. Yes, I know, it was no more intelligent than it sounds. Plastic? In the oven? Where you cook food? Ah hem, yes, but in my defense I was assured it was a failsafe method.
Trust me, it isn’t a failsafe method. I heated it on a low temperature for just a few minutes and ended up with a molten lump of plastic, a sense of guilt (it felt sacrilegious, like burning a book) and a need to fumigate.
What you will need… to do it properly (and safely):
A vinyl record – single or LP (pick a cheapy from a charity shop or one that’s scratched beyond worth)
A kettle and water
A small bowl
Once your water has boiled, simply pour a steady stream of hot water over the vinyl, avoiding the paper if there is any. Keep pouring the water over one spot until the vinyl starts to yield. Using oven gloves or tea towel, start to mould the record around the bowl so it takes the same shape. You will have work in sections and work quickly as the vinyl doesn’t take long to cool.
Once you have worked right the way round your vinyl, check you like the shape, pour more water and reshape if needed.
Next up, I think I will make one for my dad for Father’s Day, he is an avid Bob Dylan collector so I’m sure he’d appreciated an up-cycled Dylan record bowl. And I think I may use it as a DIY gift basket filled with something yummy.