Full Color Mirror and Hard Maple Frame

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Project by OttoH posted 08-18-2014 02:52 PM 1460 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was commissioned to create a plaque for the local car show that will be held this weekend in Deadwood South Dakota. I printed a full color picture of the theme car for this year on the back of a mirror and made a frame out of hard maple to encase it. I used the Golden Ratio to determine the thickness of the frame, the outside of the mirror is 8 inches square and the outside of the frame is 12.94 inches.

I ripped a piece of hard maple on the table saw, put the three grooves into it using a 1/4 inch bull nose bit, I then cut two rabbits, one for the mirror and one for the backing. I cut the frame sides to length using my mitre sled on the table saw then glued it up. Once the glue set I put on a coat of walnut followed by a coat of espresso, and a thinned coat of semi gloss polyurethane.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#1 posted 08-18-2014 05:41 PM

I like this project!

I understand the wood portion of this project, but I would like to know more about how did you do the mirror portion!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#2 posted 08-18-2014 07:35 PM

I too am curious about the mirror.

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#3 posted 08-18-2014 10:40 PM

The mirror is a multi step process that takes a day to complete, first I removed some of the backing off the back of the mirror using my laser. I then print a copy of the picture on a special paper and using a transfer process I have been working on for a couple of months transfer the ink from the color print onto the back of the mirror. It takes about 12 hours for the ink to affix itself fully to the mirror.

I did a lot of research on the internet on transferring ink and found a couple of processes that work to a degree, I modified them and found a combination that does a true color transfer. This transfer is lucky number 13, I went through a dozen mirrors before I got a result I was happy with.

So although I lost quite a bit of money and time doing this project I now have a process that I can market to other clients.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#4 posted 08-20-2014 11:10 AM

That came out really nice. Great job sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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