I love my phone. It carries the music that I listen to every day. Music that's evolved so much over the last couple of decades. Though today the iPod may be the universal symbol of music, the days when we all used to listen to vinyl records wasn't too far back. The sentimental value these records hold is enough to keep them around long after the medium has been realistically dead, and yet we hesitate to throw them away even though we never get much use out of them.
Well now there's a way to change that. The vintage appeal of vinyl record fuses with the style and everyday functionality of the iPhone to create the RekordSleeve - a vinyl based phone sleeve that's an easy DIY project, perfect for any and all music lovers.
We all have records sitting around, why not turn one into a phone case? It doesn't have to be in great condition (in fact I'd be fairly upset if you destroyed something of value), but old worn albums or wax records that are warped are great candidates for this quick and easy how to.
Difficulty: Low (as long as you follow safety)
Duration: <1 day
Step 1: DISCLAIMER
FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THIS PROJECT AT YOUR OWN RISK. IF YOU ARE UNCOMFORTABLE OR DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING, DON'T DO IT!!
Step 2: What You'll NEED
A pair of scissors
OPTIONAL: a cloth sunglasses case or similar, with a sewing case, and a hot glue gun
NOT OPTIONAL: A low powered heat gun - I used this Wagner one available at Lowes for 25 bucks. Usually you'll find lower powered ones in the paint section. On its low setting, it outputs heat at 750 degrees F... do NOT use the high setting!
Step 3: Plan It OUT
Again, make sure you're in a well-ventilated area. Make sure you're wearing gloves. Use short passes on the low setting. You're WARMING IT UP, NOT MELTING IT. If anything starts smoking, you're in trouble.
Personally, I like my little incase cover (pictured here), but it doesn't cover the front of the phone. I set up all my measurements so that I could fit the iPhone and the case into the sleeve as well. You may want to do the same, or have some other wacky requirements, so feel free to make it your own!
Step 4: Cut and MOLD
Step 5: Cloth INSERT (optional)
* Thanks to Randi T for her help in sewing! (Instructables username: rmt212)
Step 6: Go ENJOY
Decorate it with stickers. Show it to all your friends. Express your love of music. Bring out your inner hipster, DJ, nostalgist, whatever. And most importantly, keep on making!
Thanks to the Lehigh University Technical Entrepreneurship Class of 2013 and Professors. Twitter #LUTE13