How to Recycle Vinyl Records by Melting Them for Creative Uses

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Don't toss those old vinyl records.
Don't toss those old vinyl records. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

The digital CD was invented in the late 1960s by James T. Russell. It took awhile, but the CD eventually replaced cassette tapes and vinyl records as the music medium of choice. If you've still got some vinyl records you don't want, instead of tossing them, melt them for arts projects.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinyl record
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Pie pan
  • Hama-type meltable beads
  • Oven

Use a foundation pan to set your pie pan on. You can use a cookie sheet or pizza pan. If you have neither, use a piece of cardboard covered in foil. Lay the pie pan in the center of the foundation.

Center your record over the item you want it to melt to. Take a pencil and mark through the center onto the object below.

Fill in the hole in the center of the record if you want your finished item to be able to hold water without leaking. Place Scotch tape over the hole on the side that will face inside your finished item.

Place the taped side down in the center of your overturned pan and fill the hole with the melting beads.

Place in a pre-heated oven set at 300 degree. Check back in eight to 10 minutes. If the record is draped the way you want it, pull from the oven.

Wearing a potholder, smooth the top of the record flat against the pan. This will help smooth the bottom so it sits more solidly when flipped over. Use a spatula to apply pressure to the softened beads so they fill the hole entirely.

Pick up the object with the record draped over it and run cool water over it. The record will cool quickly and will easily to remove from the pan. Pat dry and remove the tape from the inside.

Tips & Warnings

  • You don't have to be limited to round objects. You could drape several records over an 18-inch-long piece of 4-by-4 wood and make a flower box, for example.

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