How To Make Bowls Out Of Vinyl Records
Get some cheap and useless vinyl records. Don't use anything that doesn't belong to you; instead, check out the local second hand store for cheap records.
Preheat your oven to around 200-250 degrees Fahrenheit (100-150 Celsius).
Place your record on the center of an upside down pot or metal bowl. Put this onto a baking sheet.
Put this into the oven. Keep a close watch because each vinyl starts to "flop" at a different time. It usually takes 4-8 minutes.
Take the whole thing out of the oven (wearing oven mitts, of course) once you notice some real "flopping" going on.
Put your record into another bowl and shape it around that, or you can hand mold it. Sometimes, you might like the way it looks right as you take it out of the oven; if so, skip the molding.
Let it cool for 10-15 minutes.
Flip it over.
Put your bowl to use!
Find an oven proof glass bowl that is only slightly smaller than the record.
Place the record on top of the glass bowl and center it.
Put the bowl and record in the oven and place a can on top of the record, in the center.
Watch closely as the record sinks into the bowl. If the sides fold over the glass bowl, then the can might not be heavy enough, or you need a larger glass bowl. If you don't want to start over, or if you simply want a deeper vinyl bowl, you can try pushing it down carefully.
Take everything out of the oven when you're satisfied with the depth and shape of the bowl.
let it cool, flip, and enjoy! ^^
Edit, may 10th 2008: Hey guys! Wow, I can`t believe this project got so popular!!! I just want to say that i love everybodys versions and that anybody who hasnt made one should get to it right now, its so fun! :)