Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cuff 'Em!


After sharing our record planter, we have become record-melting junkies. Not only have we made several more, but we have been looking for new things to create with this fun technique. Our latest creation: cuff bracelets! We have seen these before, and once again decided we could figure out a way to make them ourselves. Here's how we did it:

What you need:
  • 1 record (again we turned to Hawaiian music circa 1966)
  • a cookie sheet or pizza pan
  • scissors
  • a jar, can...anything round to form your bracelet around. Do not use your wrist, as the vinyl will be hot!
As with the planter, preheat your oven for about 200˚ F. Set your record on your pan and set it in the oven for about 5-8 minutes. Keep an eye on it, as ovens vary. When it is soft, take it out.

Once you take it out, you must move quickly as it hardens super-fast. With your scissors cut a strip of the record at the length and width you want your bracelet to be. You may have to put it back in the oven to re-soften it at this point.

After cutting it, wrap it around your can or jar (again, not your wrist). If any adjustments need to be made, you can always stick your cuff back in the oven for a couple minutes to soften it back up.

At this point you can leave your cuff as-is, or maybe give it a coat of acrylic paint. When it comes to decorations, be as creative as you like!
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20 comments:

  1. I find when working with records, my mini blow torch is really handy! You just have to be careful about how you control the flame though. But once you figure out the process, you can do some amazing things with vinyl! Just last week I made this bracelet out of a record! http://www.flickr.com/photos/47979392@N06/4409637279/in/photostream/

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  2. Wow, ILoveCatsMore!! That looks really cool! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Great idea! I will not be so quick to look over albums when I am shopping.
    Thank you!

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  4. Love your ideas and SO happy you joined the party. Would really love it if you would add a link back to my party! Thanks!
    ~Gay~
    itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com

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  5. Thank you so much for this idea! I was looking for a way to create my own bracelet form, awesome!

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  6. This is so cool!I'm a little scared of "baking" old records but you showed me that it's not dangerous. Love, love your projects...I'm coming back for more :) Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  7. How cool is that... I love the bracelet idea.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!

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  8. I never in a million years would have thought to make a bracelet out of an old record. I'm off to look at some of your other projects.

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  9. So creative! I think you will come up with hundreds of ideas to do with the records. I am so impressed so far. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

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  10. Wow! So cool.

    I am starting a new party called "Saturday is Crafty Day" on April 24th and I'd love it if you stopped by!
    www.iamalongfortheride.blogspot.com

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  11. That is so cute. I love it. What a creative way to make some cuffs! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

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  12. Great idea. I remember wearing those a long time ago. Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!
    Bonnie
    Please check out my Earth Day Giveaway at http://creatingahouseofgrace.blogspot.com/2010/04/earth-day-giveaway-2010.html

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  13. these are just fabulous! i just found your blog and am immediately following it. love all your recycling ideas! :) lisa

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  14. I totally just made some of these :) I'm thinking of showing them off on my blog soon :) Thank you for the idea..

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  15. Love Love Love it!!!!! Now to find some records!!!

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  16. This is awesome. I linked to you here: http://www.1plus1equals9.com/?p=276#

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