27 February 2019
Shannon’s Record-Breaking Idea
By Rhonda Valentine Dixon
When an opportunity to subsidise the family income occurred for stay at home mum Shannon Musson, she embraced it.
“When my uncle died leaving a massive collection of old LPs they were gifted to me. Many were so damaged they couldn’t be played so I used heat to mould and repurpose them. I sold the resulting bowls, handbags and other treasures at markets with excellent return, Shannon said.”
But Interior Architect, Shannon wanted more of a challenge, so she tried cutting the records by hand.
“That was too labourious and time consuming so I searched for a machine that would cut them cleanly, effectively and safely. Laser machines weren’t the answer. Another artist copied my idea using a laser machine, but the resulting PVC dust was toxic. Over time the dust emissions also damaged the machine. I sought out other light industries that were using cutting machines to see what was being utilised”, Shannon said.
That’s when Shannon discovered the Computer Numerical Control Router. She programs a picture into her laptop, connects the computer to the CNC machine, places the router drill on the record and the image is created precisely. Shannon files away any vinyl residue to complete the stunning product. If using vinyl records plays havoc with your sensibilities, her designs translate just as easily to wood.
Shannon’s work is unique. It’s exquisite and a brilliant, reasonably priced gift for the person who has everything. If there isn’t a sketch in her large portfolio that suits your taste, you can negotiate with her to create one, though this will cost extra because she will need to draw the initial design. Musicians/bands, TV/movies, sports, wall art/mandalas, clocks, cars/bikes and more can be featured on a record. The centre of the disc can support a clock mechanism if required or if a simple plaque is desired, Shannon will try to find a record with an album title, band name or song title that matches the subject in the design.
Contact details: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mybrokenrecord/
Telephone 0424 007 654
Website http://brokenrecord.com.au/

Article first published in Redcliffe Guide April 2019
Redcliffe Guide published by Dominic Alberth