So what can you do with your records after they are not playable?
This is the question that I get asked all the time so in this blog I’m going to share some ideas that you could do with them.
A record takes a long time to break down in landfills if you throw them out and I don’t believe you can put them in your recycle yet. Back in the 70’s record pressing companies tried to re-melt them to make new records but the results had mixed reviews.
After a few searches on Google for craft ideas I have come up with a few. Some I have tried, and some that I wish to try in the future.
I have also come across a really cool home based business called “Ever-Fixed Mark Laser Engraving”. They are based out of Alberta, Canada. The business is run by a husband and wife team, Don and Karmin Golding. They created a business out of repurposing old vinyl records. They call their products Vinyl Record Art; Displaying them as clocks, framed or unframed. You can check their work out on Facebook:
People all over the world have been doing this for years. When I was in Ukraine I picked up this one showing what the old city used to look like:
Here is one that I have tried to do in the past:
There are different methods of making them. You can use a hot knife like I tried to, however, it does takes a long time. One other method is to use a hand- held Dremel tool to cut. The big issue with using a Dremel tool is making the mistake of cutting too much. Ever-fixed Mark Laser Engraving uses state of the art lasers and there products turn out amazing. Here is a photo of a record that they made for me of my logo.
Another product that you can make with your records are cool looking bowls. Imagine using a multi colour record! That would make for one amazing bowl. Lots of people have been doing these for years. Not many people like doing them anymore because of the possible harmful fumes that the process of making them can do to your health. What you do is put the record in your oven at approximate 150 Fahrenheit depending on your oven type. Place a bowl that can be used in an oven under the record. Once the record starts to droop, take the record out and carefully form the record to the shape that you want around the bowl.
In my case I used a bread pan:
Another thing that I have noticed that people are making is coasters. They are simple to make, just use a hot knife and cut around the record label. I actually have seen them sold at a box store the other day.
Another use for old records is as dividers with your record collection. Many record stories were doing this cost efficient method for years to save money. An A to Z divider set can cost as much as $40.
The uses of records are endless!
From making guitar picks, mail letter holders, scrapbook covers to earrings. With a quick browse through the internet, it will not take long to find ideas of what people have come up with.
Ideas are endless with a little imagination.