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Astar's Craft: Vinyl Records into Art

I remember as a young girl turning Dad’s old LPs into bowls, vases and a number of very cool and groovy objects of art. I had completely forgotten the idea.  You can’t imagine how thrilled I was to receive a request from one of our viewers asking if I could demonstrate the method involved in melting to creating works of art from LPs!


You will love it…


Things to gather


Old and surplus to requirement LPs – check to see whether they have any value before using… some of the old LPs fetch big money these days/



Oven gloves

Baking tray and paper

Template of image desired – bird, butterfly, flower etc

White marker pen

Sharp scissors to cut image from vinyl once softened.


Method –


Preheat oven to 120 – 140c temperature, depending on heat setting of your oven.  Make sure temperature isn’t too HOT as dangerous gasses might escape vinyl.


NOTE:  vinyl records are made out of substance called poly vinyl chloride.


Once oven is ready, place a piece of baking paper on top of baking tray.


Use the white marker pen to trace around template.


NOTE:  try and centre image over central printed logo. 


Place vinyl into oven and leave for around   4 to 5 minutes.


Wearing oven gloves, remove vinyl from oven, and then very quickly use the sharp scissors to cut out image.


If vinyl starts to go hard, simply place back into hot oven until soft enough to work.  Usually 2 minutes is enough.


Optional –


If you want to hang image on the wall, use a sharp needle to make a hole for hanger while still hot.


Hang with black cord or fishing line…


OR, use acrylic paint and further embellish image.