Tuesday, 17 June 2014

DIY Vinyl Bowl


This upcycle is a gift I received for my birthday, and loved so much that I wanted to share it! The beauty of this is that you can make the bowl personal, by choosing a record which has meaning. For example, this record was chosen for me because of the spelling error on the vinyl; to young to remember instead of too young to remember and my reputation among my friends as a word nerd.

You Will Need
a vinyl
a tumbler/pint glass
baking tray
oven 

Where To Find 
Vinyls - Vinyls can be found in charity shops or second hand music shops. Obscure bands can start off from pretty cheap (less than a pound/dollar) and there's a super-massive range of vinyls out there, so you're bound to find a title which resonates eventually.

How To Make A DIY Vinyl Bowl 
-Place an upturned glass on a baking tray, with the vinyl on top. Make sure the centre of the vinyl meets the centre of the base of the glass; the vinyl is going to mold itself to the shape of the glass and it'll end up wonky otherwise! 
-Place your strange tower of glass and vinyl into a heated oven at around 100 degrees Celcius/ 210 degrees Fahrenheit. 
-Leave in the oven until the vinyl melts into the shape of the glass; this usually takes 2-4 minutes. 
-Remove from the oven and leave for ~15 minutes to cool. 

The great thing about vinyl bowls is that if you're not happy with the results, you can just stick it back in the oven to re-melt and try again (though maybe use a different glass or let it completely cool first, they're not that heatproof!
Let me know if you have a go at making your own vinyl bowl. Is was easy, right?

Happy Upcycling!