Over the years, I’ve enjoyed working out several designs for wall mirrors. Much more interested in the design process than in production, many have been one-of-a-kind pieces. This is one I created in a few variations.
The Autumn Clearing Mirror has several layers spaced apart to allow for a reflected view of hidden textures. The branch layer is cut from 1/4” thick masonite and given a rounded edge. Both cutting and shaping were accomplished using a high speed rotary tool. The facing branch surface was painted off white, with gold leaf applied to the reverse side. This metallic element is seen in the reflection of the mirror, which extends to the frame of this 25″ square mirror. It is only in the center that a 12″ clearing allows for the functional part of the mirror to be used.
In front of the wood branches floats a stretched and block-printed sheer silk panel. An overall print of fall colored leaves is made by stamping the silk with leaf shapes in acrylic paint. What I loved was that the leaves, the branch shapes and the gold leaf layer all reflected and create an overall appearance that’s dreamy and full of motion. I eventually made and sold several mirrors through 16 Hands where I worked at the time. A lot of fun to design and make.
This design was featured on the HGTV show “That’s Clever” and is shown on the HGTV web site as the tutorial “How To Make An Autumn-Inspired Framed Mirror“.
Autumn Clearing Mirror