There's new life for these classic cassettes, by adding a zipper and you can make your favourite cheesy tape into a cassette tape wallet! You've propably got a Twisted Sister or soundtrack to The Breakfast Club too, go ahead and make a few for your friends.
Here's what you need:
Step 1: Find and Disassemble Cassette
Step 2: Prepare Zipper and Epoxy
If required, trim your zipper to fit around the sides and top of your cassette and sew the end to make sure the zipper doesn't run off the track when completely opened.
I used a 2-part epoxy, measure equal portions and mix. I applied epoxy in several small separate sections, one at a time. On a scrap piece of cardboard mix a dime sized portion of epoxy to start. Remix new epoxy for each application.
Step 3: Install Zipper and Pouch
Epoxy is a good choice for this application as it is very strong and durable, however there is a curing time associated with using this type of adhesive. Some epoxy glue is "quick set" and may become tacky in a shorter time.
Arrange the cassettes mirrored along their top. With a stir stick, dab epoxy on inside of each top side of the cassettes. Working from the middle of the zipper, with the zipper closed and zipper facing down, gently press each side of the zipper onto the epoxied cassette tops. Press gently to ensure good contact.
I waited about 10 minutes and my epoxy, while still "wet", was able to be worked around without breaking the bond. Unzipping the zipper the cassette sides could be glued. After mixing a new batch of epoxy the sides were glued using the same method as the top, only this time with the zipper open. By gluing in stages the epoxy has time to set and between each section being worked on. After the zipper was installed I let the epoxy to cure for about 30 minutes.
Start by unzipping the cassette and laying it flat on a table. Cut a scrap piece of fabric to the same width as my cassette, then (with a new batch of epoxy) the scrap was installed on the bottom of the cassette.
After installing the zipper and the pouch and ensuring the two sides aligned I let the epoxy set overnight.
While the epoxy is setting we can work on the inside.
Step 4: Inside
I then cut scrap paper in a rectangular shape roughly the same size as the reel opening and small window of the cassette. This paper was filled with a black marker (to match the cassette colour) and glued onto the inside to cover the openings.
Since my zipper has is rounded at the corners of the tape I had to round the corners of the paperwork in order to make them fit. Some additional trimming may be required to get your paper insert to fit correctly. After dry-fitting I was ready to commit by gluing down the paper. Since the inside paper is an aesthetic you can use almost any type of glue here.
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