April 16, 2013

DIY Vinyl Record Jewelry

Record Store Day is this Saturday, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate it than with a DIY project.

1.  You'll need an old vinyl record, scissors, gloves, an oven or toaster oven, an old cookie sheet, and a cylinder (I used a paper towel roll).  If you want to decorate your cuff bracelet, be sure to have paints and paintbrushes handy.
2.  Pre-heat the oven to 200°.  Place your record on the cookie sheet and put in the oven for about 2 minutes.  
3.  Pull out the cookie sheet.  The record should be flexible.  Put on your gloves and cut out your bracelet shape.  You will have to work quickly, because the vinyl will cool in about half a minute.  Reheat your bracelet as often as you need.  
4.  Once you have the desired shape, reheat the bracelet again.  Pull out the sheet again and wrap the bracelet around a cylinder to create its form and let it cool.
5.  You can leave your bracelet as is...
6.  ... or you can paint it!

I probably reheated my bracelet 5 times to get it the way I wanted it.  Another idea is to heat up small pieces and create shapes for pendants.  You can see my lightning bolt necklace in the first photo.

Hope you all make it out to support a local record store this weekend!