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Project by alexsutula posted 12-29-2010 08:22 AM 1702 views 18 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a custom mirror frame job for a young family just outside of Cleveland. I still have yet to photoshop out the mirror.

I am very pleased with the way this thing turned out. I was worried about a lot factors. But everything went smoothly. Almost too smoothly. It must have been the hours of planing and full-scale drawings. I really enjoyed building it. The couple must have loved it too, they threw me some extra bones.

It is made of solid walnut that is attached to a 3/4 MDF sub-straight. The copper is roofing copper. $130 for a 3’x8’ sheet. It is not a solid ring though. The sculpted walnut pieces are covering the cut copper edges. The copper was heated and sprayed with a patinaing solution and then sealed. The MDF is edged with solid walnut strips around the outside and inside. The mirror was hung from the wall using a french cleat. The whole thing must have weight 50 Lbs..

Finish is a tung oil varnish mix. 48” diameter

-- You can't stand apart unless you're prepared to stand alone. Alex, Cleveland





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#1 posted 12-29-2010 08:26 AM

How big is it? Looks fantastic!! Where did the idea come from?

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#2 posted 12-29-2010 09:01 AM

Its a real beaut.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#3 posted 12-29-2010 03:23 PM

That’s beautiful. How did you get the walnut to attach to the copper?

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#4 posted 12-29-2010 04:46 PM

Gorgeous, Alex, just absolutely gorgeous. The walnut and the copper go so well together—a perfect match. Not only do you have an eye for a work of art, you certainly know how to create it.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#5 posted 12-29-2010 05:05 PM

Sweetness!

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#6 posted 12-29-2010 05:11 PM

I love this, so pretty and different. Nicely done.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#7 posted 12-29-2010 05:34 PM

That is a great piece Alex. Very artistic and well done…

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#8 posted 12-29-2010 06:10 PM

Gorgeous Alex !

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#9 posted 12-29-2010 09:05 PM

Nice!

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#10 posted 12-29-2010 11:24 PM

At 48” this is obviously a feature piece, there is a nice harmony between the metal & walnut,
you have shared a lovely example of craftmanship & attention to detail, the photos show it will stand up to an scrutiny.
I am curious, how long did it take to complete?

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 12-30-2010 05:26 AM

This is so striking and beautiful! I’m sure the people you made it for were extremely pleased….I know I would be!! :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#12 posted 12-30-2010 06:26 AM

Fabulous workmanship.

L/W

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#13 posted 12-30-2010 06:29 AM

Outstanding piece of woodworking there Alex. True artistry. The combination of materials is perfect and the execution is terrific. Love it.

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#14 posted 02-14-2011 08:11 PM

When I first saw you work I thought it was “nice”, I looked at the pictures before I read your description.

After I realized how large the piece was, I’m FAR more impressed. This goes past “nice”. This is well into the “Fantastic” range.

I hope you decide to perhaps BLOG further about this piece, I for one am very interested in the details.

I’d like to try to adapt some of your techniques, to other projects. The Walnut / Copper contrast is exceptional.

Thanks for sharing.

later,

-- dust control

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#15 posted 06-25-2011 08:54 PM

Wow Alex, I missed this when you first posted this but wow! That is just gorgeous. I’m sure that your clients loved it.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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