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I don't listen to any of my old records, but I really like to have them around. Luckily enough, so do my friends. Another point we have in common is an appreciation of knowing what time it is. I've been messing around with records and have solved my dilemmas of where to where to put my apples and candles, but I can always use another clock.

Thanks to my local thrift store and IKEA I can make a unique clock for less than $5. It's an easy and fun present that can be torn apart for any future clock simply by ripping the mechanism out again.
 
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Step 1: Find a Record

Gazing into Barry's eyes transports me to a golden past that I never experienced the first time around, but now feel as if it's my own. But as I will ever treasure this 12 by 12 inch slice of heaven from the 70s the true goal in finding a record is one where the small label in the middle of the record is what matters.

Another key thing to look for is a cheap and floppy slab of black PVC when digging through the thrift store. These will soften faster and be easier to work with.

Step 2: Toss It in the Oven

Preheat your oven to 220F/100C and toss in the record for a couple minutes. When it's thoroughly flopping about, yank it out and run to a table to do the next step.

Run! It hardens quickly!

Step 3: Shape

Find a nice and level table with a straight edge and hang the record over the side of it. Make sure the label is aligned to your supreme satisfaction and flatten out the record on the tabletop. You can try to shape the hanging vinyl, but I've found that the random curves that form on their own are typically fantastic and do a lovely job of reflecting the light.

If you mess this up, throw it back in the oven. This picture is the result of about six tries.
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VikingDK1 year ago
Nice, quick and a great use of the old Vinyls!
IVT1 year ago
cool
1plus11 year ago
This is really cool. I linked to your post here: http://www.1plus1equals9.com/?p=276#
lucek4 years ago
that just makes me wince. I love my record collection, I can't look at that with ought thinking about every one of them.
U still play them??
yeah vinyl rules.
kokopipiss1 year ago
In first picture of step 5 you could have tried to clean in with cotton and alcohol. If it is a usual ballpoint pen (as it seems to be), you would probably have cleaned it easily.
JKPieGuy2 years ago
This is a really cool idea but to let you know, it's actually allot cheaper to buy a clock kit than to take apart a clock.
fungus amungus (author)  JKPieGuy2 years ago
The clock I used was $3, and is now $2, from Ikea. Since I live close to one and stop by occasionally for other stuff, this makes the clock cheaper. It's often not too hard to find an old clock for free, either.

I've bought movements online as well to get different hands or a high torque movement. It's all a matter of what you need.
Well I can see what you mean by that. But the only problem with inexpensive clocks sometimes is that they tend to break-down easier.
This is awesome! If we could get everyone to make one, it would be a record (or not)!
bad pun. lol
lol I agree
but it made me laugh! O_<
thank you kindly! this is one of the few sites where people have a sense of humour.
Agreed. (btw same person-- I made a new acc) =D
 love the new avatar.
Thanks it's my favorite image.
Mwahahahaha soon happy turtles will rule the world!
can't wait for that day to come... =)
Agreed.
Doubly Agreed.

=:D

O_O I never knew how to make that face... I can't believe I never saw it or thought to make it.... =:D = epic win
xD these are the things that make mai life.
<@;-B>      (pointy hat, curly hair, winking buck tooth face with noes and beard!)
looks like my grandpa... xD
cool. a grampa made of punctuation! double =:D
==::DD
creeeeeepyyyy.. it kinda looks like a Qtip (i dunno how to spell that so i just figured Q and tip kinda spelled it out.. sorta.)
I think it's spelt "Q-tip"
Mind. Blown.
you guys are easily amused....then again, so am i.
ahhh life.
:)
This whole conversation makes me laugh. =P
and i cop an email for each reply you guys make.
still, this has taken the style of most of my facebook posts: way off course but pretty funny.
same here bob. the rediculousness of my facebook comments have translated well to this site. :D
i still haven't made one of those clocks :P
same here.. lolz
i have. score 1 to me.
WOOT!
Two WOOTS for McMooow!
 lol u guys really need to find a sumthin else to do XD
I KNOW. this whole conversation depresses me. though it also makes me laugh quite a bit. xD
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