OK, so you’ve got a record that is hopelessly scratched and won’t play at all. It is definitely not able to be reclaimed as a record. So now what? The trash??
Creating with Vinyl Records is the Hottest Craft Trend right now!
I know…who would believe it?
Making Formed Objects by Melting…like this record bowl or cuff bracelet
…are all over the web. Basically, the process is to heat the vinyl record in an oven at 150 0r 200 degrees and form it over a glass or oven proof bowl , bottle or other object to give the desired shape. There are some safety concerns-hot vinyl burns skin (so wear protective oven mitts) and heated vinyl gives off toxic fumes (so pay attention to ventilation, wear a breathing mask and keep pets and children away). Just google “recycled vinyl record” to find sites that give you complete instructions.
There are other ways to recycle vinyl records that don’t involve heating it.
Here are some more examples: