Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Transformation Thursday: Jewel Encrusted Vintage Mirrors

When our original project for an entire box of vintage mirror blanks didn't pan out, we put on our thinking caps. Inspiration struck in the form of a new book I'd purchased for making jewelry and the "Amy Mirror " was born, named for designer Amy Hanna. Our jewel-tipped mirrors incorporate an eclectic blend of jewelry bits and pieces, as do Ms. Hanna's creations.


To begin, we affix vintage or scrapbooking paper to the backs of the mirrors with spray adhesive. Next, a metal finding with a small hanging hole drilled in the top is epoxied to the mirror's surface; a similar piece sans hole is added to the bottom.



Next we dive into our parts box, pulling out beads and rhinestones to trim the metal findings.


I generally use one larger piece at the top, then add small groups of rhinestones. These are applied with E6000, allowing time to dry between rounds of embellishment.


Here's a close-up of a finished top. A pretty ribbon is added for hanging and voila, c'est finis! A smart girl would have taken a photo of the finished product, but that will have to wait for a future post -- sold them all at our last show! Yippee! Thanks for checking out our project; feel free to contact me with questions. Take a look at everyone else's by clicking the Transformation Thursday button on our sidebar! 'Til next week, xo.







9 comments:

VanDaff's Interior Design & Antiques said...

awesome! you are so creative. Tonight I am transforming peaches into desert! Peach crisp - Dan just went to get the wip cream :> YUM!

ann at greenoak said...

thanks for the instuctions sandy....especially nice to hear what glue...we have a big pile of bare mirrors not selling right now....
...i have tons of jewelry in my 50 cent row this weekend...hint hint...
i love seeing your projects....
ann

Delightful Dwelling said...

What a neat idea, thanks for sharing.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

How gorgeous! What a great idea!

Thanks for joining me today!

Kristi said...

What a delightful transformation. Thanks for the tips!

Tootsie said...

I really like this project! You are very talented with all that creativity!

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Very pretty!

Halo Hill said...

These are darling! Love them, and I can see why they sold out! Don'tcha just love E-6000? It's the best I've ever found. Yikes, you don't supposed we've developed a "problem" with it, do ya? That we're "liking it" a bit too much or something?

Giggles,
Sheila

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

oh my goodness, look at those box filled with all sorts of sparkly treasures!!