August 8, 2015

Picture in Mirror Technique


I like to try different techniques with my crafts.  My friend Sharon did these awesome haunted mirrors and are selling them in her Etsy shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadamCurio.  I wanted to do my own version using abandoned places or other photos.  I chose the New Point Comfort Lighthouse for my first attempt.  I bought 5x7 frames at Goodwill for 97 cents to see if I can do this.  This is how it came out:

The materials used: 5x7 glass, photo, Mod Podge and squeegee. I also have a can of Krylon looking glass paint.

I added black paint to the gold frame and then white over that to give it an antique look.

I glued picture faced down on the glass.

With water, I started rubbing on the back of the paper.  You have to be careful not to rub hard or the entire picture will come off.  This method can be messy, but worth it in the end.

You keep rubbing until you get a see-through look.  After that, you spray the back with the looking glass paint.  I realize that not much of the mirror came out and decided to start over.

Round two started the same as the first round but I only used a portion of the picture.

Again, the rubbing method.

After I rub the photo until it was see-through, I sprayed the looking glass paint on the back.  I sprayed water right after the paint to give it an old/antique look.  Not bad for my first try.  I think I will choose a different picture for my next attempt and hopefully I like the results better.  I love this technique, I just need to practice doing it more.

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