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Tutorial: Vinyl Record Jewelry

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Published: June 2, 2011
© 2011 - 2019 taeliac
Here is my tutorial submission for the "Get Crafting Tutorial Contest" run by #StockandResources


You can download my pattern for these here

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This tutorial does involve you having to purchase some specialty equipment, but I do believe it is an investment that is worth making, even if you just do this a few times for fun.

You will need a jewelers saw and a hand drill, as well as (obviously) some vinyl records or CD's to chop apart. I recommend you just Google for a jewelers saw if you can't find one easily around you. I found a hand drill at my local hardware store. Really, it shouldn't be more than $15 for the saw, and that for the drill as well, if you are willing to look for a bargain. Remember to get extra blades, too. And, if you really have to, you can use a coping saw, but it is heavier and can be a bit more fatiguing to work with.

The bench pin I don't really go into either, but it's basically a piece of 2x4 with a notch cut into it, so you can position the blade in it and still put pressure on either side of the record. I don't think it will be easy to do without one, so definitely beg someone to make one for you if you don't have the skills to do it yourself :3

Other than that, I think I covered everything. Oh! I highly recommend you check to make sure you're not destroying something of great value before you cut into your records. Check online first, please!

I am by no means a jewelery expert, in fact, this was my first experience cutting anything with a jewelers saw. However, I think with a bit of patience, anyone could learn how to do this, and have a lot of fun as well!

Also... I apologize about the quality of the pictures. My cellphone camera is not the best, but I certainly hope they get the point across ^^;

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As always, please do not repost, redistribute or just plain steal this pattern or tutorial.

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AggroMiauHobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial :clap: I really like your writting style it's very encouraging to cope with the first flaws and stay on board on the crafts-ship. :heart:
Thanks so much for sharing :hug:
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digikijoHobbyist Artisan Crafter
This tutorial has been featured here.
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BeyondNightmaresStudent General Artist
Can you use a jigsaw for this? Like, something you use for marquetry work?
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kampflyStudent Artisan Crafter
if you like this sort of thing, i have a tutorial for making bracelet cuffs out of records: [link]

thought you might like it :)
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You look almost exactly like me. Wierd. I showed this to my family and they thought so too, haha.
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i dont have a saw (yet) but this was really interesting! thank you! you have a good eye for quirky crafty jewellery!
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Vashtastic Digital Artist
ooooo i want to try it out!
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taeliacProfessional Artisan Crafter
You should! It's really not too hard to do, and you can get some really cool results (just don't try to heat the record vinyl - I found out that it's toxic (after inhaling a ton of it -_-))
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xNeonWolf-14xHobbyist General Artist
I know what I shall be trying out soon! :D :+favlove:
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taeliacProfessional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, hooray! :3
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FerretJAcKProfessional General Artist
Very cool!
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taeliacProfessional Artisan Crafter
That sounded weird... I meant to say, I thought it was cool, too, which is why I had to do a tutorial on it, cuz it was very fun and unexpected :3
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taeliacProfessional Artisan Crafter
I thought so, too :3
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