Record Album Coasters
I was out in the craft barn doing a little (a lot) of sorting when I came across my parents old stereo cabinet. I had toted it from their old house before my mom moved. It looked pretty rough at that time since it had been stored in an area where critters could get to it. The legs were a little chewed, and I swear we moved a pack rat with it. My plans were/are to give it some sort of facelift in the future, but for now, I was most interested in the blast-from-the-past records I found inside.
I hadn’t opened the doors on the stereo since I brought it home. That was several years ago. I think I was mostly worried about the critter that was sure to greet me at the door. Well, today I was ready for a simple project and I was going to get those records!
I actually reasoned with myself that I had work gloves, heavy coat, jeans and boots on. Nothing was gonna get me. LOL! Yep, there was evidence of occupants, but thankfully they decided to split while I was there.
This is part of my find. Since my project uses albums, I left the 45s in barn. It was so fun looking through this time capsule. My sons had never heard of 78s.
This is Shaun. (swoon) I was going to marry him. When I told my husband he said “Instead you got me.” Hmm, how to respond? I am quite sure Shaun would have happily helped me work in the barn…He might have even stuck his hands into the scary stereo cabinet. (sigh)
I have no idea who some of the singers are on quite a few of the albums. Those have to be from my mom and dad’s “collection”.
These I knew.
On to the coasters. I randomly chose them, but I tried to have a mix of colors.
Basically I heated an album in the oven until flimsy…
…then I quickly cut out the center with scissors.
The coaster was heated in the oven again, then pressed between books to press flat.
Once the edges were sanded, the coasters were basically done.
They still need to be sealed. I tried brushing varnish on, but I am not happy with the visible stroke marks and the dyes seem a bit unstable. I think I will wait for a warmer day to spray seal them in the garage.