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Saturday, July 28, 2012

"Peeking Through the Looking Glass"
Altered Mirror for All Things Altered Bloghop with Sakura Hobby Crafts

Welcome to the Sakura Hobby Crafts Design Team "All Things Altered" Bloghop featuring Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer with Terri Sproul Mixers. You should have arrived here from Barbara Moore's page...To get back to the top of the hop...please click here.

Also there will be BLOG CANDY to be won...stop at each stop {see the inlinkz below} on the hop and then go back and leave a comment at the Sakura Hobby Craft Blog with your FAVORITE Project in our bloghop. The winner will receive three (3) Terri Sproul Mixers and a bottle of Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.

Thanks for stopping by - I hope you have been enjoying our fabulous altered projects!


I created an ALTERED MIRROR for today's bloghop. I began with an old mirror from my bathroom junk drawer and an image transfer that I created using the Altered Pages Tiffany Windows AP-493 Collage Sheet and Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. I primed the plastic base with an antique gold spray paint. Please CLICK HERE to see instructions on how I made the image transfer shown. I embellished the mirrored side with and Terri Sproul Mixers and some bling from Want2Scrap.

Here is back of mirror after applying image transfer to mirror base.

Using double sided adhesive, I applied an ornate woven gold trim around outer edge of mirror. Then the details: I added a jewelry finding that is meant for having three dangling strands from. I used wire cutters to clip the loops off and sanded the edges away. I adhered this over the hole in my mirror handle. I added a cluster of beads on a headpin and stitched to the base of the handle.

I covered the stitching {a large knot of thread} with Crystal Lacquer and pressed in crushed glass seed beads. I also filled in the rest of the handle with crushed glass seed beads. How did I do that??? I placed seed beads in a ziplock, then wrapped in a towel and took a hammer to them on the concrete floor of my garage. It's messy - but it didn't take a lot to get what I needed AND it was the perfect amount of sparkle to coordinate with my lovely peacock.

Now the mirrored side gets some love...I applied a few light green rhinestones from Want2Scrap and then applied mixture of Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Green Pearl Mixer with a fine tipped nib applicator bottle. I filled in the entire handle and around the frame with dots of green pearl. 

I cut a section of tulle and lace to cover my cracked glass that I broke it in the process of decorating the other side. I poured Crystal Lacquer over the lace to hold it in place and set in a couple more light green rhinestones. I filled the hole with Gold Glitz Effects to mirror the bling from the other side. After drying for a good long while, I tied off the handle with a real pretty bow using May Arts ribbon.

Presenting my drab to fab
"Altered Peacock Mirror"!!!

I hope you enjoyed my project and are inspired to go and create something today. On August 1st, I will have another fun and fabulous project how-to at the Sakura Hobby Crafts Blog! Have a fantastic weekend...and don't forget to vote for your favorite project!!! Sb : )

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  1. gorgeous project susan! I love how you finished your mirror!

    1. Thanks Leslie - I'm so happy the lace was the perfect disguise for my cracks in the glass. It came out better than I ever imagined :)

  2. What a beautiful mirror. I love the collage. I would want to put the mirror on display and not use it. TFS!

  3. I think it is just stunning!! Love how you covered up the cracked mirror,great thinking!!

  4. OMG Susan, this is so beautiful - really a work of art deco at its finest. Love the broken bead tip. TFS - now I want to make this, if I asked nicely enough would you send it to me, LOL

  5. Wonderful redo! Love love love your mirror !

  6. This is so awesome. Beautiful job on this and it turned out fabulous.

  7. Oh, I love this piece and the mirror reminds me of my Grandmother! Thanks for the fabulous idea and instructions! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com

  8. So very beautiful! I love the colors and techniques (especially hammering on the garage floor)! Thanks for the wonderful instructions!

  9. Well...this is fabulous. I'm sorry you broke the mirror in the process, but I just love the idea of the way you used the tulle and lace to finish it off. Way to think outside of the box.

  10. It is beautiful! I love peacocks and I love the mirror AMAZING!

  11. This is so pretty, Susan. I was thinking of altering a mirror recently, and now I am inspired to do it. I love how you transferred the image, and the whole project is just lovely.


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