|Project by ScaryDAve||posted 10-14-2010 09:45 PM||4134 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
Here are a few framed mirrors I built.
Each is made of red cedar branches from my place here in South West Missouri.
Since I am also into leather tooling I decided to use tooling leather as the transition which seemed to work out fairly well.
The one with 45 angle corners is flat backed with a routed area which the mirror is then held into with hardware. It has a picture hanger on the top for mounting to the wall.
The stretched leather frame has a second piece of leather glued to and covering the back or the mirror and holding it to the front piece which is then laced to the frame.
All of the log frames besides the one holding the etched glass are full round mortise and tenon frames which were no easy task. The tenons pass completely through the mortises and are not cut with a machine. In order to keep the flowing lines of the natural wood, The tenons are hand carved with a draw knife and spoke shave. Many of them are actually curved and the matching mortises had to be compound curved holes carved to match.
Each frame will only go together if each piece is in exactly the right place and then rotated to exactly the right orientation. To make this even more difficult, then channels were marked and cut in order to hold the flat plane of the leather edged mirror.
Other than the etched glass which was a closeout piece that was just too cheap to pass up, all the other mirrors were old pieces I found in thrift stores and were much thicker than the think glass we normally find in stores today. Many had flaws, scratches, wavy spots and so on but I thought that made them look even better so I kept using them.
These were very challenging projects but each time I made a new one I found more effective ways to carve out the pieces and ad the channels.
I made quite a few of these and all were either sold or given away as gifts except for one which was broken in a store and one which ended up on some TV show where they give some family a furnished house.
-- Failures are successes in training.