Broken Record = Easy Art!




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Here I will show you how to turn a cheap, scratched, or broken record that can't be used into art! One mans trash is another man's treasure, eh?

Step 1: Supplies:

Old record

Some kind of clear-dry substance that will laminate the record and keep it together. (like puzzle glue.)

Or you could just hot glue the pieces down.

Posterboard or something to glue the shattered pieces to.

Frame (optional)

Step 2: Find an Old or Broken Record.

Its okay if it's already broken or has a little chip, I chose an old Capitol, anything will do. One that is firm and not flimsy will be better.

Step 3: Shatter It!

Here is the fun part; time to break it! Drop it, bang it against a table, run it over with a car, I don't know be creative! Bring that record to it's demise. I just dropped it several times. Just don't lose the pieces.

Step 4: Putting It Back Together.

It's kind of like a puzzle. Put it together and chose the right amount of spacing you want between each piece. Then glue it (or paste it) back together.

Step 5: Congratulations!

You just finished it! Feel free to frame it. Now sit down and watch your friends and family enjoy your masterpiece.



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    21 Discussions


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 5

     wow, that is vary creative, i will try this, but i will hope for a lightning bolt, maby i can use a exato- knife to carve it into the record. THX


    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    If you use a heat gun first and get it a bit warm an exacto knife goes to work nicely.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I was doing something similar to this, i got a huge stack of records from a charity shop becuase they cannot sell scratched ones so i asked the manager and she gave me a huge pile for a small domnation


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I think the best way to break it would be to try not to.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    satisfaction.. thats the broken one, the other one was some random coloured one thats no good can still be played though.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Put it in the freezer for a hour then drop it. If you use the plastic bag idea from earlier it will be less messy.

    im taking the red record and im taping the record and drawing a puzzle on it and cutting it with a band saw but... the record is scrached so worthless 78 until its cut!!

    You'd probably have to smash the CD '~'

    Put it in a plastic bag to protect the surface's prettyness, and to keep the peices together i'd duct tape the back of whichever side you want showing. Then, put it somewhere somewhat uneven... and smash!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    i just did what you said yesterday... i didn't even read your comment, i guess great minds think alike ;)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    drop it from not very high, that way you won't get many pieces, just repeat it like that until you have the desired amount of pieces.