Introduction: Mirror Refurbished With Lasercut Flowers

Decorate a used mirror with lasercut shapes for a new look!

Garage sales, attics and Goodwill are good places to find nice mirrors that need a bit of updating.

Materials used:

  • Mirror (from Goodwill)
  • Illustrator and internet for design and creating files
  • Silver paint
  • Acrylic (Tap plastic - a reject piece on sale)
  • Lasercutter (TechShop)
  • Acrylic Glue
  • Sander and sand paper
  • Tape and cardboard to mask off areas

Step 1: Design - Research and Artwork

Art Deco designs were my starting inspiration.
I looked at lots of images and clip art.

Some of the ideas were taken further in Illustrator..
seeing how they would look on a file with the dimensions of my mirror frame (approximately 34in x 30in)

After trying many variations, they seemed too rigid and repetitive; a bit too hard and machined.
I decide to sketch leaves and flowers to see how they looked - the more relaxed, organic feel was good.

The final design was a inner layer of leaves surrounded by an outer layer of flowers.
These were broken into two files that would be used to cut the acrylic - and that fit on the 18in x 24in lasercutter bed.

Step 2: Lasercut Acrylic

The acrylic was 1/4 inch thick which took a long time to cut.

Be sure to test the settings so the images are cut properly. Although I ran tests, my final cuts had some burnt edges that required modifications to my original intentions of having clear pieces on the mirror frame.

Step 3: Painting the Frame

The mirror was scarred wood.. so I decided to paint it silver to keep it light.

Step 4: Problem Solving

As mentioned in a previous step, my lasercutting setting were a bit off and created burnt areas on my pieces.

I first tried cleaning/scratch reducing products for acrylic but they didn't clean everything.

On to plan "B".

Using some scrap piece, I tested how they would look sanded.. cool! even better than clear. So I lightly sanded one side of all my pieces using 220 sandpaper and a sander.

Step 5: Laying Out the Pieces and Gluing Them in Place

For final assembly of the mirror frame:

  • tape cardboard over the mirror to protect it from glue
  • use printout of leaves and flower layers to check placement of pieces
  • be sure to work with glue in well ventilated area, wear gloves - be safe!
  • read instructions on glue and test glue on some scraps
  • glue layer of leaves and let dry 24 hours
  • glue layer of flowers and let dry 24 hours
  • realize that glue under flowers shows through
  • lightly sand top of flowers to improve "frosted" look.

Step 6: Hang It Up!

Now hanging over the fireplace!

Looks good!

i made it at TechShop.

Comments

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jeanniel1 (author)2016-03-08

Very clever and good job! I like your choices for the leaves and flowers. They are a nice contrast in a way with the techno silver look

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masterURlaser (author)2015-08-13

Fun idea!

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zia786 (author)2014-04-23

This is an amazing creativity you did. Very nice .. Keep Doing

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lindarose92 (author)2014-04-23

This looks so nice!! :)