Make It: Vinyl Record Bowl

I’ve seen on loads of TV programmes and blogs the idea of making a bowl out of a vinyl record so I thought I would give it a go as a Christmas present for my brother-in-law who is very into music, as I thought he could keep all his plecs and assorted music stuff in it.

I spent ages trawling through all of the records in my local charity shops (of which there are many!) but in the end I found a record with a blank white middle, as I couldn’t find anything that was suitable for the kind of music he likes.

Once you’ve found your record, you just put it in the oven at 100 Celsius or about 215 Fahrenheit. You have to put a bowl upside down on a baking tray (to make it easier to get out) and put the record on top of that. Once the record starts to sag, take it out and then you can mold it into the shape you would like. I tried several things to help me mold the bowl including a too small pyrex dish, a large tumbler (to give it more height), the outside of our colander and finally the inside of our colander:

Vinyl Bowl a

I must have put the bowl in and out of the oven about 20 times until I got it right. I gave up trying to mold it around the outside of something so instead pushed it into the colander, which gave me the best shape (after a couple of tries). The beauty of this craft is you can heat it 100 times until you get it right, it’s not done until you’re happy with it.

Vinyl Bowl b

Vinyl Bowl c

Sewing Machine

I finally got my deposit back from my old flat last week (the cheque cleared last Wednesday) so I bought a sewing machine! I’d been planning to get one for a while so I had time to do some research and had pretty much decided on which one to get before I went to John Lewis. I decided to go to a shop so that I would get a guarantee and a bit of advice about which one was good. It was between a Singer and  a John Lewis brand one and I got the John Lewis one as the man said it was  a better machine for the money (I guess because you’re not paying for the brand). Although I’ve been sewing with sewing machines on and off for many years, I suddenly felt really stupid being in the shop and buying a machine. I think I was scared they would think I was an idiot or something. I don’t know why I cared about what the people in the shop thought – they just want the sale I would think – but I felt a bit out-of-place all the same. I think I was also nervous to be spending so much money in one go!

I haven’t played with it yet – my weekend has completely disappeared but I plan to make many things, hopefully for Christmas – I enjoy knitting a lot but it’s just too slow to make very many presents and with about 15 people to get gifts for, I am going to try to make as many as I can.  Now I just need to decide what to make and find somewhere that sells reasonably priced fabric……..

John Lewis sewing machine