Friday, May 4, 2012

More Sunburst Mirrors - "A Grouping of Sunburst Mirrors"

More SUNBURST MIRRORS to blog about.  I was inspired by this drawing I saw in the newspaper recently.  I liked the way the sunbursts looked on the wall.  I quickly visualized doing something like that on my foyer wall.  So I . . . . 

 gathered my supplies and began working on the first of many. For the backing I found a wooden plate at Hobby Lobby. Next, I decided to use wooden dowels (pkg. of 20) I found at Michaels, instead of skewers. 

I needed at least five packs. Whenever I go to Michaels or any craft or fabric stores, I always print out coupons to cut down on costs. I had to make several trips to get the items I needed at discounted prices. I figured the total cost (including mirrors) for this project, just under $20.00.  Wooden dowels are much thicker and easier to work with than skewers. Sorry to say, I've tried making a sunburst mirror out of skewers before and got very frustrated because I could not glue them on straight, no matter out hard I tried. I would start out placing them on, like clock hands, at 3, 6, 9 and 12, but once I tried filling the skewers in between, somehow they would become slanted. Thanks to a tutorial I found on sunburst mirrors,, I was able to find and print out a circle template with "16 slices".  I really needed this!   Thank you Stephanie Lynn!!! 

After gluing the template to the wooden plate, I drew extended lines to the end of the plate.

I then used the lines  as a guide to adhering the dowels in the pattern shown. I didn't have to cut any sticks which made the gluing process move along quickly. I worked my way around the entire circle using the selected pattern.  
I quickly decided to add two more dowels to the pattern.
This made for a more interesting design.
 Using a hot glue gun allowed me to paint right after I finished gluing on the last dowel.  I picked out a Metallic Satin Nickel Finish spray paint by Krylon for my sunburst.  After spraying, I let it dry for 24 hours.  Sometime ago, I had gotten a 12 inch bevel mirror at  AC Moore. I was going to use it on this project, but since the wooden plate was 14 inches, I wanted a larger mirror and  found a 14" bevel mirror at Michaels. To make things interesting, I decided to glue the smaller mirror on top of the larger one.
After attaching a hanging claw to the back using two small nails, I hung my Beautiful Sunburst Mirror in my foyer where it is proudly on display in anticipation of the rest of the "Grouping of Sunburst Mirrors".

I recently finished more sunbursts to hang in my foyer.     I am having so much fun in making these!!  

I tried different patterns in arranging the skewers or rods.
 I hung them on the wall and I'm very thrill with the way they look!  Not exactly what I started out to do.  I think because the area is wider, the look is different.  You can't get the full effect just by looking at the pictures. I don't know if it's my camera or my novice picture taking abilities.

Anyway, I love it!!  Now I'm thinking about making smaller sunburst mirrors and adding them to the wall.



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  2. Gail, did you make smaller sunburst mirrors? Does Michael's have smaller dowels? I may try my hand at making sunburst mirrors. Different sized mirrors, each in a different color, arranged in a collage might look striking.

    1. I made a smaller (5 inch)sunburst mirror with a pack of skewers I got at Walmart for .99. Since it was small I made my own round backing out of corrugated cardboard from a box I had. I cut out three of them and glued them together for strength (you have to have a backing to attach the skewer or rods to. I got my mirrors at AC Moore. They had bevel mirrors which looked nicer, and cost about the same. (print out a coupon) Michaels mirrors are not beveled. Michaels has a better selection of dowels. They are all the same length. It's best just to cut them the length you want. I used a pair of wire cutters or heavy duty scissors. Very easy to do.

    2. Also, I love the way my grouping turned out. It gives my foyer a great feeling. The photo doesn't do it justice. I went more horizontal than vertical like the picture that inspired me. I like your idea of using different colors. It does sound very striking and will probably become your "WOW" factor in decorating! Good Luck!

  3. I haven't been too impressed with most of the sunburst mirrors I've seen, but I love yours! I love the variety and the fact the size of the mirror and the size of the burst are more balanced in relation to each other. Some have huge "bursts" and tiny mirrors. Yours are just right and are beautiful!

  4. You did a great job and tutorial on this .... love it....


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