The first mirror, in a modern stile is created with different sheets of plastic mirror. The red one is the packaging of a face cream, the other is easily acquirable in a fine arts store or a stationery.
Cut rectangles of different sizes with scissors and glued with contact cement.
Primero intenté grabar las aristas con una gubia, pero así se estropea el recubrimiento transparente que tiene, y el resultado es muy feo.
This mirror is based on venetian mirrors.
First I tried to carve the edges with a gouge, but it hurts the transparent protective film, and the result is a bit seedy.
However, I decided to age the mirror with acrylic paint, and place on the edges, very narrow strips of aluminum tape. And...not bad.
Following the same idea, the next mirror has narrow strips of tin used to emboss, and on the intersections, tin flowers. I think this is better.
Los más antiguos están ricamente ornamentados y dorados.
The last four models are trumeau mirrors. Originally manufactured in France in the 18th century.
It takes its name from the French word 'Trumeau' which designates the space between windows. In England it is normally known as a 'pier glas'.
Most antique trumeau mirrors are highly ornate and often gilded.
El primer espejo trumeau es beis claro, las flores están hechas con papel de acuarela de alto gramaje y posteriormente doradas con pan de oro. Si queréis aprender esta técnica del pan de oro podéis visitar este enlace.
I used balsa wood because it only requires a cutter to be cut.
You just have to follow the images to see the process.
The first trumeau mirror is painted in light beige and the ornaments are made with thick watercolor paper and gilded with gold leaf. If you want to learn this technique, visit this link
Personally, I prefer the effect of gold leaf.
Los espejos trumeau son casi siempre rectangulares y muchas veces incluyen pinturas en la parte superior. Este en concreto, tiene una pintura llamada "Diana descansando tras el baño" de Francois Boucher.
Los espejos trumeau cuyo emplazamiento era sobre las chimeneas, solían tener algún tipo de iluminación a los lados para aumentar la iluminación ambiental. En este caso he utilizado unos pendientes.
Trumeau mirrors are almost always rectangular and sometimes include a decorative portion at the top that can contain carved or painted motifs, even more, paintings.
Those trumeau mirrors designed to be placed above a mantelpiece, rather than between windows, used to have candles placed in front of the mirror to increase ambient light. In this case, I put earrings that simulate candle sconces.
I used foam board to get volume, and then I covered it with balsa wood. I moistened and curved balsa wood that is placed on each side of the fireplace.
I decorated both sides with thick watercolor paper, and I installed two electric lamps.
The surface of all mirrors is aged with acrylic paints applied with a sponge, although you can use paint stripper for the back.