Part 1: How to make record bowls
Making new labels, including a template.
Because you know, sometimes those 25¢ and 50¢ thrift store albums aren't as cool as Jim Nabors Christmas Album. In fact, the one I grabbed to use today was Bless This Home by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Which is probably a great album for umm.. people who aren't me, and probably people who aren't you, but I apologize to anyone who finds this blog through a search engine trying to find a copy of this record.
So I measured, and made a template for a record label. 4 inches in diameter with a .25 inch hole in the middle, or for people who use metric 10.16 cm and 6.35 mm.
1/4 inch hole punch, if you have a scrapbooking punch that will work in the middle fine, if not, well.. I didn't either, and I'll explain what I did.
Spray sealer of some sort, I used one designed for scrapbooking in a matte finish
and an idea. Hopefully better then mine. I couldn't think of song titles, and just decided a vector skull and crossbones I drew a couple years ago for the label, and then thought "Huh.. glitter. I like glitter. How about glitter pirates?"
Design your label in your favorite paint program, or, don't be ruled by conventional labels at all, and cut it out of fabric, an old comic book that's not even gradeable but still has a couple whole pages, whatever, and cut out 2 labels, one for the back, one for the front.
Punch hole in the middle, if you had to use a standard hole punch like I did (standard cheap hole punches are 1/4 inch if you didn't know), just lightly crease the circle right in the middle, then line up the edge of the hole on the template with the edge of the circle cutter thingie in the punch, and punch, you're essentially punching a half circle, and when it's unfolded, it will be the whole hole. (sorry. I tried to resist, but I couldn't.) Repeat with the other label.
Spray the label (not the record, or it will pick up all sorts of dust and stuff!) with adhesive, and apply very carefully over the old label, repeat on the other side.
Now pick which side of the record you like best, and following the instructions for the record bowl place that side face down on the bowl.
When you pull it out, finalize the shape with your hands, and it cools, spray the label with the sealer to keep it looking nice and at least a little moisture resistant. I wouldn't recommend keeping it in the bathroom though. After the inside dries, spray the bottom label.
Pirate Label, blank banner feel free to personalize, recolor, whatever.
Pirate Label The one I used for mine.
Wheee! So now you can hide that extremely embarrassing label on that record you listened to when you were 12, and turn it into a craft you can do with your kids.