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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall 11 Months ago  
Here's my next project in between working on the crystal balls and sorting out the printing for the tarot cards (see the Crystal Balls thread here) and waiting for higher quality material to arrive for the Tapestries.

The mirrors are made from pendant chabochons. I ripped the centre pendant pieces out of them, then cleaned the residual glue using rubbing alcohol. Next, I traced the insert shape onto the thin, highly polished metal sheet and cut with tin snips using small, angled cuts to get a good starting shape for filing. Next to last, I filed it down until it fit the inset area. I tried using my dremel but I'm not experienced enough with sanding so I almost took too much off. I had much better control with the file. Finally, I glued the piece in and began to try distressing it.

I'm having some issues with the muriatic acid (diluted HCl). It's not eating the metal as well as it would the thin, metal coating on the back of a mirror. I think I have to leave it on longer.


I have two packs of various sizes of frames which are made from rubber in all sorts of bright colours. Those are going to be painted with a primer, then brown undercoat and finally a brass or gold or maybe off white colour. The final touch will be a coat of crackle medium to make the paint crack. That along with the mirror distressing should give the mirrors a very cool look. Pictures of that soon.
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#60392
Re:Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall 10 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
The distressing of the mirrors is done!

So, the muriatic acid just needed to sit on the mirrors longer... and I added more of a wash around the edges in order to get it eating away at the metal better. It's tough fooling around with acid on a couple of miniature pieces.

I also used a black wash to dirty up the frame and add a bit more definition between the inside edge of the frame and the mirror.



The oval one is my favourite. I would say that this was a successful project. Like pretty much all my projects, this one is the template for making a bunch to sell off so if you're interested then let me know. I have to create a page on my Etsy account to start handling all these. As always, I can be contacted at jchunick .._[[at]]..gmail..[[dot]]+...com

I'm going to try the rubber ones next (the ones mentioned in my previous post).
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Proud Father of two mini-geeks; Daughter: "Dad, what does that say?" (after enchanting a diamond sword in Minecraft).
Me: "Sharpness 1, Knockback 1"
Daughter: "Oh man, that's sweet!"
 
#60508
Re:Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall 10 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Just a note... I think they look sharp. =)
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