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Published on June 9th, 2009 | by Julie Finn


Tutorial: Cut Circle Pendants from Vinyl Record Albums

Pendants Cut from Vinyl Record AlbumMy littlest monkey is at her very first day camp this morning with her big sister (Singing! Snacks! Nature hikes!), which means that, rarer than a blue moon, I. Am. Alone.

When I’m chilling alone and also have a craft fair coming up, I often like to whip out one of my most favorite but also rarely used (it’s fairly child-unfriendly) toys: the Dremel.

Now, this isn’t a commercial, so if you have any kind of hand-held rotary tool, whether or not it’s the same brand as mine, you’ll be able to follow along with the latest craft creation I’m making for my fair this weekend: vinyl record album pendants.

You will need:

  • Dremel or other hand-held rotary tool
  • circle cutting guide, tile cutting bit, and drum sander bit for your rotary tool
  • cordless drill with a bit that matches the center bit in your circle cutting guide
  • vinyl record albums of no apparent worth
  • scrap wood

Dremel and Circle Cutting Guide1. Using your cordless drill, drill into your scrap wood a hole that’s the same depth and diameter as the center bit in your circle cutting guide.

2. Drill an identical hole through your vinyl record album, exactly where you want the center of your pendant to be.

3. Attach the circle cutting guide and the tile cutting bit to your hand-held rotary tool, following the manufacturer’s instructions (the first time I used mine, my husband had to read the instructions and then show me–he’s visual, and I’m tactile)–set your cutting depth to about 1/8 inch.

4. Match up the holes in the vinyl record album and the scrap wood, and insert the center bit of your cutting guide. Turn your rotary tool on and press down just enough to cut all the way through the vinyl record album in that one spot–this will make the guide lie flush to the album to ensure an even cut.

5. Instead of rotating your rotary tool around the center bit, rotate your vinyl record album around, leaving the rotary tool stationary. Rotate your album in a complete circle until you feel the circle you’ve cut come free.

NOTE: The speed that the tile cutting bit rotates is important–too slow, and it won’t cut cleanly, but too fast, and your vinyl will melt around the edges and require a lot of sanding. I set my Dremel speed to about 3/4 of its maximum.

Pendants cut from vinyl record albums6. You’ll have anywhere from a few rough spots to a LOT of melted vinyl around the circumference of your circle. Clean it off with the drum sander bit.

Next time, I’ll talk about some handy knots to use when you want to make a pendant that you’ve made out of some recycled something into an actual necklace.

Because knots are cool, and you should know all the proper names for them.

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About the Author

I’m a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I’m interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it’s manifested–making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

13 Responses to Tutorial: Cut Circle Pendants from Vinyl Record Albums

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  2. Jodie R. says:

    Very awesome!! The leftover record would make a great picture frame 🙂

  3. Patti says:

    The leftover record could be made into an ice cream cone holder/server. Attach a clean tin can to the bottom side as a pedestal.

    Or insert cleaned, recycled disposable cups for a funky organizer, pencils, candies, condiments,are just a few ideas.

    Patti Ryan

  4. pam rose says:

    So? You’ve got tiny vinyls…then what? I can’t find an example for use after cutting!

  5. Pumpkinbear says:

    See the hole in the middle? They’re pendants.

  6. susan says:

    I would like to buy a bunch of these…know anywhere I can get them?
    Thanks so much

  7. susan says:

    anyone who knows please email me. @ sjsusans1300@gmail.com

  8. Jamie says:

    man, what a waste of a Blues Magoos record!

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  10. LOVE this idea as well as the two great ideas for using the remaining holey record. What I’m currently looking for is how to make pendants of any shape. I have a dremel but no circle cutter.
    We’re making a heap of repurposed items for a school fete and I love to spread the word about recycling to the kids at my childrens’ school. We’ve already made record bowls (in the oven), soft toys from discarded/op shop fabric, and hanging tea light votives from jam jars (using wire for the hangers). Oh, and ‘singlet’ shopping bags that I saw in another great blog (turn the toddler’s singlet sideways so the seams are at centre front and centre back then sew across bottom. Turn corners for a gusset if required.)

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