Mosaic Mirror Challenge : I did it !!

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Project by Goddahavefun posted 06-05-2011 01:23 PM 1853 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having an old fence as Timer stock & some Mirror in the shed !
I have been looking forward to combining mosaiced mirror to these timbers .

Total Size 980mm x 480mm (19 1/8 x 38 2/8 )

Timber frame : once constructed I sanded with 80 & 240 grit, them sprayed the timber matt black, then sanded back again to hilight the grain texture .

Finishing stain : Gloss mahogany stain/laquer

Mirror Cutting
Being a novice at glass cutting I explored online sites for tricks & tips that helped make this wonderful project come to life !!!

Cutting the miror in those shapes was something I didnt think possible , but with my $12:oo glass cutter I managed to cut the entire panel of mirror without it breaking in the wrong places !!!

Good tips I picked up :

  1. Always cut glass/mirror when it is at Room Temprature ( ie cold glass = breakages)
  1. Cut glass on a Towel folded over double , this acts as a shock absorber when you insert presure on glass for the cut you want !!

Cutting those shapes was a challenge because I wasnt sure if the flow angles were too acute !! but it worked , I started in the corners & section by section , worked my way in .

I glued the mirror on with PVA glue after I sealed the MDF with primer then grouted it with Tile Grout.

I took a pic of back to show you all how the Mirrored MDF fits in the back .

Really happy with the way it came out & look forward to do again .

Thanks for having a look

Have a great day

-- Think,Dream,Inspire,Create ! your Shed is waiting for You !

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#1 posted 06-05-2011 01:29 PM

very cool …thanks for the cutting instuctions

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#2 posted 06-05-2011 02:10 PM

Really cool. Now you’re ready to invent the infamous backyard disco ball! :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 06-05-2011 04:54 PM

Very nice. Glad i kept some broken mirrors. Gonna have to try this.

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#4 posted 06-05-2011 05:15 PM

The mirror turned out very nice, I love the use of old materials!

-- "Waste not, for those whom waste will always be left wanting"

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#5 posted 06-05-2011 05:26 PM

Nice design on cutting the mirror , and the frame looks great !

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#6 posted 06-05-2011 09:12 PM

Great post and info thx. You did a bang up job and using the old wood makes it so much better! Well done all the way around on this.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 06-06-2011 12:36 AM

It looks great. Thanks for sharing the process.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#8 posted 06-06-2011 02:08 PM

This is very interesting. The final result looks great.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#9 posted 06-06-2011 04:51 PM

Thankyou all for your feedback & comments

I have a mate online that asked me how I made the mirror, he suggested I make a Video of all the steps of making these types of mirrors !!! and put on youtube !!

I immediatly thought of you LJer’s & then went into a world of pannick at the thought as Iam noTV host ! LoL

but believe it would be a great way to share the procceses of how I go about making these mirrors !!!

So I am making another mirror this week & filming it !!! to go live on “YouTube this sunday !! (under pressure Now ) LoL

This is going to be a laugh !!! but an infomative one !!

It’s amazing how many blokes I know have said they have some mirror in their shed’s for that infamous
“One day im gonna use that project ” Well That one day has arrived !!#

I will post youtube link here on lumberjocks this sunday for your amusement !!!

Look out HGTV ” The Old Mate Project Show ” is coming !! LoL

Have a great day

(Old Mate )

-- Think,Dream,Inspire,Create ! your Shed is waiting for You !

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#10 posted 06-07-2011 01:18 AM

Really cool. I love the mixing of media. This is a real, I need to do this moment. Just got to get it in line with all the others. Thanks for posting. Now that you mention it, I do have a mirror out in the barn. Trouble is, I’m missing a section of beveled edge.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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