Things You'll Need
- Vinyl record
- Large mason jar or large oven-proof vase
- Cookie sheet
- Potholders or oven mitts
- Wax paper
- Waterproof silicone
If you are tired of looking at all those old vinyl records just sitting there, you can easily make one of them the focal point of your table, countertop or shelf. Take that record and turn it into a vase that you make yourself. Since vases made from vinyl record albums are handmade and custom-shaped, no two will ever come out the same. A row of these on an upper shelf would make a eye-catching display.
Place the oven rack at the lowest setting. You need enough room in the oven for the vase or mason jar to stand upright on the cookie sheet when it is placed on the rack in the oven. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
Place the vase or mason jar in the center of the cookie sheet with the open end down. Center the record on top of the vase or mason jar. Carefully place the entire assemblage in the oven. If the record shifts, re-center it before you close the oven door.
Heat the record in the oven for five minutes. It may take a few minutes longer depending on your oven. When the record is melted down over the vase or mason jar it is time to take it out of the oven.
Using the oven mitts, carefully but quickly remove the cookie sheet and its contents from the oven. Remove the record from the jar or vase, and while the vinyl is still very warm and pliable, define the shape if you desire. Set it aside to cool completely.
Place the record vase right side up on a sheet of wax paper. Place a glob of waterproof silicone inside the record vase, over the hole in the bottom. This is so you can use your vase to hold fresh flowers if you desire.
If you are unhappy with the shape your record melted into, wait for it to cool completely, and you can melt it again and reshape it. When removing the record from the oven, you have to do so quickly because it cools to a hard stage rather quickly and you will be unable to bend or shape it.
Use proper precautions when working with the oven so you do not get burned.
Melody Gould has been writing since 2004 for various websites. She has a degree in accounting and is currently pursuing a dual Associate of Science in computer programming/design and Internet service technology.