I just finished working with the 4th graders at Westside Elementary School. The students worked in groups to paint vinyl records that had been discarded from their school library.
We talked about Aboriginal Dot painting and looked at original paintings done by my dad, Bill Oyen.
The students designed their paintings then worked in groups to paint the records and finish by adding dots.
Once the students finished painting the records, I brought home them home to slump over a metal bowl in my oven.
To do this at home, set the oven to 225 degrees. Place the record painted side up over a metal bowl. Put the bowl on a cookie sheet to easily put it in and take it out of the oven.
Let the bowl heat for about 5-7 minutes. It may not slump on it's own, but it will be pliable at this point. The metal bowl and cookie sheet will be hot to the touch, but the record will be warm. You can use a pair of tongs, or even use your hands to push the record into the metal bowl to form it. It will cool and re-harden within minutes.