Hello amazing friends! I have a fun project to share with ya’ll today!
It all started with this frame I found at the thrift store for $4:
It was going to become one of the chalk boards that Jack was working on for my booth, but then I decided I wanted try something fun with it at the last minute.
I found a piece of glass to fit it from one of the other frames he was working on and set it aside. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.
Here is what this pretty frame and glass insert became:
So I decided this frame would become a mirror with some pretty etching.
I think it turned out pretty well, how about you?
It looks like an old French mirror, no?
And can you see the pattern in the background?
That’s tissue paper!
Here is how this little project came together…
First I cleaned the glass. You can see in the photo below that some streaks from where I wiped it were visible after I sprayed:
It isn’t as noticeable head-on, but at this angle you can see them. It might have been a good idea to let it dry a little longer first, or be more aware of the streaks and try to wipe in a straight up and down pattern.
Next, I sprayed the back of the glass with the looking glass spray, leaving some areas not completely sprayed:
I laid a piece of the tissue paper underneath so I could see where I wanted it to show through. I kept adding coats until I got the coverage I wanted.
When it was completely dry, I flipped it over to add the etching to the other side.
To add the etching to the front, I found an image I liked by googling “French typography” and selecting “images”. Like my Mom’s necklace organizer project, I found a stencil image I liked, and uploaded it to my silhouette machine (I have this one HERE.) to cut it out:
See my tutorial HERE for how to upload and cut your own images on your Silhouette.
This too was a stencil available at Artistic Stencil Designs which you can find HERE. (No affiliation.)
Then I applied my “stencil” to the glass and covered the remaining areas before spraying, giving it a couple of sweeps with the Frosted Glass spray…
I pulled the stencil off right away.
Then I cut a piece of foam core the size of my new mirror and attached the tissue paper to it with matte Mod Podge:
Attaching the tissue paper probably isn’t necessary, but I didn’t want it to move or wrinkle.
Then I inserted my new mirror with the etched side facing out, followed by the tissue covered foam core (once it was completely dry) and secured it in place with my Logan point driver:
It’s a bit of a challenge photographing a mirror head on…
I love where the print from the tissue shows through in the areas where I went light with the looking glass spray!
It’s always fun trying something new! I hope you enjoyed this project too!
I’ll be posting a day late next week as I am joining some friends for a Summer wreath hop on Wednesday, so don’t think I forgot about ya when I don’t show up on Tuesday!
Here is the fabulousness that will be getting a do-over:
See ya then, sweet friends!
UPDATE: See how I turned this wreath into a fresh new Summer wreath HERE now! 🙂
Have a great weekend!
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