Here’s a sampling of what people are doing with recordings other than listening to them.
You are looking at wall art made from two vinyl records. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Heat record(s) for one minute and you’ve got pliable media. Sky’s the limit. Set the record in a bowl before popping it in the oven, then give the center a push when it comes out and you get one of these snazzy bowls.
Upscale purses, jewelry and wall hangings made from old albums are for sale at Great Green Goods, where you can do “greener shopping for the greater good”.
As for CDs, they lend themselves readily to making models of Saturn.
This CD Daisy Puppet calls for felt, wiggle eyes and “an old green sock”:
Alongside classics like the CD Coaster and CD Clock this CD Disco Ball (which can double as a holiday ornament) really shines:
Sick of receiving those free trial CDs from AOL in the mail? Here’s a list of 101 uses for them, the most festive of which is this Christmas tree:
Let’s not leave out cassette tapes! Here are directions for fashioning a wallet from a cassette tape.
Remember mix tapes? Some are works of art in and of themselves. View image
This remarkable website shows how one artist is fashioning fashion from cassette tape, weaving it into “sonic fabric”:
Crochet your thing? Here’s a cassette tape evening bag and a Granny Square Motif Bag stitched using tape.
In this ultimate act of recycling, a woman knits old cassette tape into a case for her new iPod.
Don’t throw away the cassette case! Slightly modified, it can be used as an iPod stand.
Feeling more destructive than creative? Here’s a way to get some flashy entertainment value from those unwanted CDs. (It’s also a great way to get even with those tunes that make you cringe.) Hint: Set your microwave power level on “High”: