Introduction: Vinyl Record Picks
Have you ever been at a car boot sale or thrift store and saw that pile of old, rubbish vinyls?
Well this Instructable should help!
Obviously the used Daniel O'Donnell vinyl and the new unwanted Cyndi Lauper single are of no use to anyone in the the musical sense (apologies to the few O'Donnell and Lauper fans)
I often thought there would be a way to recycle them that didn't involve horribly giant bowls or clocks.
And now I have realised there is.
This is recycling at its finest, it's fast (depending on how PICKy you are, my apologies that was awful) and still keeps the essence of the original product.
Anyways enough of the eco stuff let's make!
What You Will Need:
Sandpaper- Any grit should do
A pick/plectrum- The heavier the better
A vinyl- I got Bryan Ferry so basically hell on a record, but please think before you make these don't use a Beatles or Clapton or something good
Step 2: Stencilling and Cutting
The will be rather unclear in some of these images but it should be pretty self explanatory
Draw around your pick with a pencil as is in picture 2
Get your heat gun and begin to soften the plastic, continue until it is floppy but not melting
Cut it into a smaller east to handle piece as in picture 3
Soften again and then cut into your rough pick shape like in the first picture.
Do not worry if it is wavy at the moment it shall be fixed
Step 3: Filing, Sanding and Shaping
File your pick into the desired pick shape as shown in picture 1
The same as when filing but removing all sharp edges
If your pick is wavy then heat it again and sandwich it under something
Step 4: Finished
Enjoy your cheap eco-friendly guitar picks and be happy knowing you've done your bit. I marked an R on one in Red Sharpie and it looks rather awesome.
Assuming I get around 18 picks a record and I got 10 for £1 it works out at around:
100/180=0.55 pence a pick
So you're saving a lot.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed and learned
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