Introduction: Batman Record Clock

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Who doesn't want to have a unique clock! Plus let's admit it...sometimes some really cheap records....well...they aren't great.

Step 1: Find a Record

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Some record stores have super cheap records that aren't very popular. These ones are the best to use for the record clock because they do not have a high value to them.

Step 2: Laser Cut File and Add the Clock

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Next set up your laser cut file to cut though the record! I did it in the shape of batman with a cut and raster pattern. After you laser cut not, add on the back of the clock piece through the hole in the record! You can find a clock set at any hardware store and they come with great instructions.

ALTERNATIVE OPTION: If you do not have access to a laser cutter or do not wish to do so, you can always do this record clock without cutting it or by painting it a different color to stand out!

TIP: If you are cheap like me, going to a place like goodwill, buying, and taking the working portion out of an existing clock will work just as well!

Step 3: Enjoy!

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Enjoy your Batman Record Clock! It's super great and super unique and ready to be in your home!

Comments

rainingfiction (author)2016-07-12

Do you know what would cut a record other than a laser?

Sam_Evers (author)rainingfiction2016-09-11

hot knife. like this: https://www.amazon.com/Dremel-1550-Versa-Multipurpose-Tool/dp/B0000302YM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1473637065&sr=8-2&keywords=hot+knife

Hello! I know that you can use a strong pair of scissors if you have a steady hand or a sharp exacto knife. However, you will have do a few passes with the exacto knife and I always have a hard time making it look clean or not cracking, so I use the laser cutter I have access to.

Sam_Evers (author)2016-09-11

I've made a similar clock before. If you dont have access to a laser cutter the proper tool to use is a hot-knife. Basically a soldering iron with a scalpel tip on it. Records are fairly brittle and don't cut well by traditional means

DiyWaterDog (author)2016-07-12

now that is just cool! any idea if a table scroll saw will work to cut, or will it crack the album?

SantaB (author)DiyWaterDog2016-07-15

Yes, It's still worth trying with gloves, a face mask and eye protection... maybe on a thinner vinyl album it would work better (they are all "vinyl", but also all made of different things and thicknesses (hence a big reason they stopped mass producing vinyl)). Bakelite albums might be better (as the author suggests), but I doubt it. Plus that stuff is much more fragile than vinyl.

Trust me... I have tried this before. The vinyl didn't cut, it literally just broke off into tiny fragments (some not so tiny). It was like working with a sand blaster without a booth. I had the stuff everywhere.

No clue, however thrift stores often have records for cheap (the one I used was $0.50) so it's worth testing.

With that being said cracking would be the biggest problem, I would look for a heavier gram vinyl most I see in thrift stores are 150 but there are a view 180gram or 200gram.

if you do try this pleas take precaution and be save when cutting. vinyl records can become really sharp when shattered and if they are to fragile may explode.

lime3D (author)2016-07-14

STOP!

Do not laser cut vinyl records. The material is actually PVC (poly vinyl chloride) which give off poisonous fumes when cut with a laser cutter, and is on the DO NOT CUT list of materials for lasers!

DANGER!

YourMagesty (author)2016-07-13

POW !! , zaP !!! , SWISSSSH !!!!! , Batman! Your's looks so cool, I want 'my' silhouette on an up-cycled vinyl record, too!

PlaidPete (author)2016-07-12

Do you have to use a laser cutter?

No, you can use an exacto knife or a pair of scissors. Another suggestion that I have is to paint the record.

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