Monday, July 18, 2011

Monkey See - Monkey Do Mirror


So, if you have been reading this blog for long, you know I love sunburst mirrors and crafts. What could be better? Combining the two of course!! Wood shims + wood glue = Sunburst Mirror


Yep, made it myself. Of course, I didn't think of it myself. No, it has been all over the Internet. I copied mine from Addicted to Decorating.

She has great DIY instructions. She also has better pictures than I do.


I started out being a good monkey and copying her exactly. This is my first section. I then decided I wanted my mirror to be a little spikier so I broke all the shims apart and added one longer piece in the middle.


You can see the difference here, if you squint. It made me happy.

After gluing 3451 shims together I added the smaller pieces around the inside of the mirror and...

I was almost done. I need to add a polyurethane type finish with a hint of color. The stuff I bought wasn't right so I will try again tomorrow. Want to know where I am hanging it? I have no clue. And no spot for it. It is BIG, almost 3 feet across. I could sell it in my booth, but I don't know if I can part with it. For now I'll just keep dragging it around my house until I find that perfect spot. Don't you love a good craft?

19 comments:

  1. WOW. I love this version...and how cool that you made it yourself for that feeling of satisfaction! Somehow I feel ok with painting something I made myself over and over - ie glossy black or of course gold or silver, but that wood looks pretty dang gorgeous all by itself with the variations in the color. Wow - I'm inspired now! Great post.

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  2. like the longer piece in the middle, too. you clever girl, you...

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  3. I love this project! I saw it over at Addicted to Decorating a while back. I've bookmarked it and keep going back to it. I love your take on it.

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  4. Oh WOW!!! This is so awesome!!! Gotta love a craft project that comes out even better than expected!!!! I am getting ready to post my half way completed project today at www.bluechcikadee.blogspot.com-black parsons tables get a facelift:)

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  5. yours is better

    greetings from Germany

    Gina

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  6. Monkey see monkey do too... I am so making this! (one day...lets be realistic- in 3 years!) See u tomorrow! ...-Ann

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  7. So cool! I love how you made yours a little spikier- I like that look better I think.

    Cant wait to see where you put this baby!

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  8. That is SO good!!! I love how how chunky and substantial it is. Good work woman!!!

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  9. Holy Camoly! This looks great!!! I love the chunkyness factor!

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  10. LOVE IT!!! Fab DIY, I wish I had a single extra second in my day for some crafting....

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  11. Love it! You did such a great job!

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  12. I think you should sell it for big money, then if you make a killing of it make more!

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  13. I am amazed!! I love the longer piece you added, it looks more vintage, for me I would spray it an antique gold.

    ? Is there a way to make the center surround in one piece (probably a lame ?

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

    Do come and enter my new Giveaway, a very special painting!

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  14. Sissy, it is awesome. Do NOT sell it. I have to come and see it. xo

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  15. Love, love this!! Gotta ask, did you use longer shims (do longer shims even exist)? I love the size of yours (for where I may want to put one)vs Addicted to Decorating's, which she says is about 22

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  16. Anonymous,
    I used 12 inch shims and just pulled them a little further out before gluing them. I may make my next one (if there is a next one) even spikier. Good luck, let me know how it turns out!! Sissy

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  17. What an amazing job you've done! Looks fabulous. Lovely blog. Great to find you! :)

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  18. IMPRESSIVE!!!! I wonder if I will ever tire of a Sunburst mirror...hmph?

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