E-Instructions for Etched Mirror Project
As seen in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Flea Market Style Magazine
I am thankful to Ki and all of the Flea Market Style team for including my etched mirror project in the Spring/Summer issue of Flea market Style Magazine. Because of this I am making this tutorial public for a short time. You will find expanded and more detailed instructions for this project below. I hope you enjoy it, and please check out my other tutorials here
For this project, you'll need a mirror, Paper, Pencil, Scissors, razor blade scraper and or scraping tools, paper towels, Carbon paper, Optional: mirror silvering remover chemical, information about this chemical below.
Mirrors are generally 3 layers, Glass, Silvering, and paint sealant. When you look at the back of a mirror and see a dull finish, that is a paint sealer. Update: Removing the paint is optional. For many mirrors you can simply scrape the paint and the silvering off at the same time, using the scraping technique that I'll show you. I recommend using old mirrors that have signs of the silvering already coming off. These are the easiest to work with. If you wish to remove the paint layer, you can use any paint remover, however I prefer the scraping method, as it give you more control over the design. Wear gloves, as paint remover can really burn, and eye protection. I mean it!!!!
The mirror I'm using here is an old mirror,
part of the silvering was already coming off, I just continued the process.
You'll need to make your design. For mine I decided to write the word JOY. I found a font on my computer that I liked, and enlarged it
to the desired size. You could also use a stencil for this, or even go for a design instead of a word. Keep it simple at first.
What if the paint comes off but the actual silvering is stubborn?
Making a curved word, and additional techniques:
Take It To The Next Level:
Now for some fun, you can place or decoupage decorative papers behind the design to suit the season, or occasion.
My Favorite is old sheets of Music
Or place nothing at all behind it.
This is one I use as a sign to my place at Winnie & Tulula's Antique Mall. I simply glued it go an old chippy piece of wood, and then glued
an oval frame around it.
Have fun with this project. Etch your name, or use a decorative stencil. Do the edges of the mirror for an even more elegant effect, or do
a reverse of this process and remove all the silvering, leaving only your word or message in silver. It takes time, but could be a real
unique and fun project for your home.
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I'd like to say a quick word about safety. Remember Soldering irons, solder and the items being soldered, are hot. Blades, glass, and broken china can be sharp. Please use common sense when doing any of these projects. Use Caution with saws and other tools. Remember to wear gloves and eye protection when needed. We want you to enjoy years of junking and crafting, so please play it safe.