Step 1: Materials
For this instructable you will need:
- a lighter
- vinyl record shard
- ring mandrel
Step 2: Cutting the Band
First, I secured my record shard in a vise. Records are a little brittle, so be careful not to clench it too tight. I used an angle grinder to cut off my piece which included an edge. The dust that results from this might be hazardous to breathe, so be careful. I used some fine sand paper to smooth out the rough edge.
Step 3: Initial Shaping
Put the band in the vise, and hold a lighter close, but not touching the plastic. NEVER GET THE PLASTIC SO HOT IT SMOKES. When you have held it like this for a couple seconds it becomes moveable. Give it the curve you want and hold until cooled. The plastic can be hot, don't burn yourself.
Step 4: Final Forming
I did not have a mandrel, but I suggest you use one. Find your size, get the plastic hot, and form it around the mandrel. I did an overlapping pattern, but you can do anything you want. WARNING: if you try to form the ring too quickly without it being hot enough, it might crack.
Thanks for looking! If you liked this, go vote for it in the "Rings" and "Burn It" competition! Have a nice day!