How to Cut PVC Vinyl Records

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PVC's durability and inexpensive construction lead to its popularity in a wide array of products, including wiring, clothing, pipes, electronics, signs and record albums. Most of the records in your local thrift store's vinyl bin are cast-offs from the heyday of cheaply mass produced PVC albums. Re-purpose badly scratched or warped PVC albums into artwork, fashion accessories or home decor by first softening the plastic and then making any necessary cuts.

Line an oven rack with foil to protect it from possible dripping, melted plastic. Preheat your oven to 107 degrees Celsius.

Set your record album on the baking tray. Use a baking tray large enough to accommodate the entire record. Most record albums have a 12-inch diameter.

Place the baking tray in the heated oven, on top of the foil-lined rack. Leave the record in the oven to soften for five minutes.

Remove the baking tray from the oven, and place it on a heat-safe surface. Cut out shapes or designs in the softened vinyl. If the record hardens before you complete your work, put the baking tray back in the oven for re-softening. Heat for only two to three minutes at a time to avoid melting or distorting your designs.

Allow the vinyl to harden before removing it from the baking tray. Round and smooth any jagged or rough edges with a file and fine sandpaper.

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