Things You'll Need
- Vinyl records
- Vinyl to vinyl adhesive, such as Vinyl & Leather Mender by the Super Glue Corp.
- Tin foil
- Apron or smock
- Rubber gloves
There was a time, not too long ago, when vinyl records were the primary source for listening to recorded music. Although they aren't as popular anymore, many people still see the charm of vinyl records, and use them in craft projects, such as lamps, letter holders, bowls and coasters. For projects that require attaching vinyl records, use the correct material.
Put on gloves and an apron to avoid contact with the extremely potent glue. Find a well-ventilated environment in which to work; it is not safe to breathe this glue. Lay out tin foil to prevent the glue from sticking to the work surface.
Lay a record down on the tin foil. Begin squirting the glue onto the record about an inch from the outermost edge. This will prevent glue from squirting out when the two records are pressed together. Follow the circular shape of the record, creating a thin, unbroken strand of glue. Squirt a second line of glue, starting in the middle of the record. Again, follow the shape of the record, until you have another unbroken strand of glue. Repeat this process a third time, creating a third line of glue. Work as quickly as possible so that the glue does not dry prematurely.
Position the second record so that it lays directly on top of the glued side of the first record, making sure that both edges are flush with one another.
Press down on the top record firmly for about a minute, so that it makes proper contact with the glue. Let the glued records sit for an hour, to ensure that they are completely stuck together.
Applying hot glue instead of "vinyl to vinyl" adhesive is another option. Hot glue is much less toxic, but it dries faster—so you must work very quickly. Hot glue can sting and burn if it gets on the skin, but once it dries, it can be easily peeled away.
If the "vinyl to vinyl" adhesive gets on the skin, wash it with an industrial hand cleansing solution, such as Zep Reach. Peel the bonded area from your skin with a spatula or a spoon until it is removed.
Michael Mroz has more than five years of experience as a writer. He worked as a reporter for Bidclerk.com, a staff writer for "El Periodico Lo Nuestro" (a bilingual newspaper), and several other establishments. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Northern Illinois University.