Sunday, September 16, 2012

Etched Star Mirror

Any Twilight Zone fans?  I think I may have found the entrance:

That's what J's new mirror in his chalkboard bathroom reminds me of, anyway, with its frame and stars and blackness.  This mirror is, of course, made over--here it was before:

It's a basic wood frame mirror that was here when we bought the house.  First step: spray paint the frame.  Then it was time to add some personality.  J's room has a space theme, so we had to have stars.  Since the project involved a mirror, it seemed like a good chance to try out etching, which was new to me.  So it was decided: the stars would be permanently and chemically incorporated into the mirror.

I cut out a stencil from vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo, but star punches would have worked fine.  After I stuck the stencil onto the mirror, I applied Etch All Etching Cream to each star, following the directions on the bottle.  Tip: it turns out that a thick coat works best.

Although I was careful, I still had some spots that were not as etched as I would like and spots that were etched that should not have been.  We'll call that stardust.  Overall, I'm happy with the stars.  They  look like they have shadows when you see them at an angle. 

Perhaps those shadows are echoes of a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind.


  1. Very cool! I love the way glass looks once it's etched. Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  2. How creative--perhaps the shadows represent the Higgs Boson??