Folk Art Record Album Bowl

I’ve been wanting to make a record album bowl for years, but didn’t want the “wavy” look. This is the chica version! I added a few twists – first, I used colored pencils to brighten it up. A teacher recently gave me that tip!! Next, I didn’t want to stink up my oven or use hot water. So I opted for my heat gun (a concentrated blow dryer used in crafting). Aw, man, it made all the difference. I was able to work on one area at a time and manipulate the vinyl exactly how I wanted it.

This bowl has two layers, here is how I did it!

Supplies:

2 unwanted record albums
colored pencils
embossing gun or heat tool
dollar store scissors

Directions: Color the album in different shades. It only works when you color against the groove, not with it. I colored in sections. Next, using the embossing gun, heat up one of the sections, exactly where you want to cut it. you’ll need to make 36 cuts all the way around. Make sure to cut all the way to the paper.

First you want to make the “inner” bowl. Hold the heat gun at the base of one of the sections until it is soft and then fold up the piece. It won’t be hot to your fingers because you will hold it by the top edge. Hold it up as straight as you can until it cools and hardens. Repeat all the way around the bowl. Once you have all the inner pieces done, do the same for the outer pieces.

The curlies: Heat the second album in a section and cut skinny, triangular strips. Heat up the strips, one at a time and use the pencil at the top of the strip to make a curly. Hot glue the curlies to the outer bowl.

If your bowl looks at all mishapen, simply heat that area and straighten it!

Peace, love, and glitter!
Kathy 🙂

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Love & light,


10 Responses

  1. Love this idea! I have also wanted to make a record bowl, but didn’t want it to be all wobbly. What an ingenious idea to use the craft gun… why didn’t I think of that!

    On the colored pencils – do they get brighter on the black background or when heated? Your colors are really vibrant!

  2. This is an awesome take on a standard crafty project – thank you for posting it!

    I’m confused about one thing in your directions, tho’ – you say “Directions: Color the album in different shades. It only works when you color with the groove, not against it.” But the color strokes in your pictures look like you colored across the grooves, not in them. Could you please clarify which direction we should color? Or will it just be completely obvious when we try this?

    Thanks!

  3. That’s really fabulous! I too wanted to make one but not stink up the oven. How obvious but not thought of to use the heat gun!

    Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

    Susan

  4. THAT IS THE FREAKEN RADDEST RECORD BOWL I’VE EVER SEEN! YOU TOTALLY GAVE IT A WHOLE NEW LOOK!!! AND THE EMBOSSING GUN IDEA IS GENIUS!! YOU SMARTY PANTS. GUESS THAT IS WHY YOU ARE THE CHICA! ESTA LOCA YOU ROCK!!!!

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