It only takes a few minutes and a small amount of supplies to fashion vinyl records into cuff bracelets. Two to three bracelets can be made from each long playing (LP) record, depending on the size cuff you want to create. Recycle cracked or broken LPs to create unusual bracelets you can customize with paint or embellish with other items. You can do this project with children, but make sure an adult is present when heating and molding the vinyl.
Things You'll Need
- Vinyl record (LP)
- Oven mitt
- Baking sheet
- Dish towel (optional)
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the record on a baking sheet.
Heat the LP until it softens, approximately eight minutes.
Use the oven mitt to remove the baking sheet and cut a rectangle from the softened LP. Hold the warm vinyl with the mitt while cutting.
Return the LP to the oven if it needs to be re-softened during cutting. Vinyl records will stay soft for about a minute before hardening again.
Heat your vinyl rectangle about four minutes after it's been cut.
Take the rectangle out and mold it around your wrist into a cuff shape. Hold in place until the vinyl hardens (see Tips).
Add decorations or embellishments if desired once the LP bracelet cools. Leave enough space between the ends of your bracelet to allow it to slide over your hand. Wrap ribbon or string around your bracelet to hold the ends closed while you wear it, if you like.
Tips & Warnings
- Step 6: According to Thriftyfun craft website the vinyl will be warm, but not hot enough to burn. If the vinyl feels too hot for comfort, place a dish towel around your wrist then wrap the vinyl around the towel to shape the bracelet.
- Photo Credit Close up of old Vinyl Records - focus on the record image by Andrew Brown from Fotolia.com
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