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You use a glass mirror to see your face;
you use works of art to see your soul.
~ George Bernard Shaw
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One man’s trash is another man’s art! 
Urban up-cycle this discarded mirror using a laser and spray paint!
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This mirror design was created using an Epilog laser.  The mirror finish was removed from the back by the raster function of the laser, then spray paint was applied to add color. 
Next the front of the mirror was etched with the laser to add depth to the piece. 
These effects can also be achieved using a sandblaster and masking film.
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Here’s some photos of the process.
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It all started with this discarded mirror.
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Then my design created in Corel Draw.
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A template was cut in cardboard to hold the mirror.
This insures that the mirror is placed into the laser in the exact place each time.
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The back of the mirror now complete with the raster removal of the mirror finish.
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Ta-da! 
The mirror finish has been removed via the raster function of the laser and the clear glass shows when viewed from the front.
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The front side of the mirror was etched with the laser.
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Cool technique spoiler alert! 
Use a combination of vector cutting, to achieve a hairline around the border frame image, then use the raster function to give the appearance of etched glass. 
The cut vector is sparkly… oohhh, aaaah!
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Final check inside the frame to view placement.
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Next, painting of the lattice frame.  Spray paint is your best friend! 
Two colors of paint for the frame. 
Lighter to the inside, darker to the outside.
I didn’t wait for dry time because I wanted the colors to mix, and they did, creating a really nice ombre transition.
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Bronze glaze after the paint dried worked like a champ to give the paint some depth.
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Paper tape is applied to cover the mirror surface so that the spray painting can be masked and done in stages to allow for different colors.
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The paper tape is peeled away to reveal the next part of the design to receive a different color of spray paint.
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Have I mentioned how difficult it is to get decent pictures of a mirrored surface? 
The colors are teal, black and brown.
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The final project!
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This year I am using the laser to create gift boxes for my co-worker Christmas presents. I’m also making them necklaces 😉 A surprise inside the surprise…

"G" for Gretchen

"G" for Gretchen

All of the boxes are wood about 3 x 5 inches and 4 inches deep.

Erin likes all things Latin American and frequently travels there as well.

Erin likes all things Latin American and frequently travels there as well.

Janet is our senior paralegal extraordinaire ;-)

Janet is our senior paralegal extraordinaire 😉

Jill is bakes us the most YUMMY things and organized our cookie exchange - Whoohooo Jill!

Jill bakes us the most YUMMY things and organized our cookie exchange - Whoohooo Jill!

Karen is our office manager and sustainable role model - she's taking the bus to work!

Karen is our office manager and sustainable role model - she's taking the bus to work!

For Meg's gift box I had to stretch the image to make it fit the box but it still looks great!

For Meg's gift box I had to stretch the image to make it fit the box but it still looks great!

Suzee has moved to Columbus for our office there.

Suzee has moved to Columbus to lead our office there.

Becky is our receptionist and fellow martial artist - beware the Ninja at the front desk!

Becky is our receptionist and fellow martial artist - beware the Ninja at the front desk!

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