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Etched Mirrors

Etched Mirrors

Etched mirrors have a wonderful quality about them that helps enhance the decor of a room. They also make great gifts. This article lists information about these mirrors, and takes you through the steps of creating some wonderful masterpieces using the art of etching.
DecorDezine Staff
Mirrors subtly add to the beauty of any room they are placed in. By framing, painting, or etching, they can be used for decorative purposes as well as for their function.
The Beauty of Etching
Etching is a process where beautiful patterns are created on mirrors to add another dimension. This process not only gives an additional element to the mirror in terms of design, it also adds texture. Usually, glass etching is done in the form of a border, or as a corner design so that the remaining reflective surface can be used. On the other hand, some mirrors are used solely for decorative purposes where the entire surface―except the design―is etched. Etched mirrors are used to create a lot of things. Some of these include:
  • Wall clocks
  • Mirrored coffee tables or side tables
  • Coat racks
  • Coasters
  • Picture frames (photographs are etched on the mirrors)
While these are some of the common ways these mirrors are available, there are a lot of ways you can put them into use. You could create etched bedroom furniture, for instance. You can also have personalized mirrors made where you can etch a message for a loved one and present it as a gift. This could be done on large wall mirrors as well as on small ones. While you may purchase the ready-made varieties, there are ways you can make these yourself too.
Instructions
Etching mirrors is an easy task, and if you are one of those people who enjoy creating new and unique items, it is a great hobby to indulge in. Remember to wear gloves, protective eyeglasses, and clothes with long sleeves to protect your skin from any contact with the etching cream as it contains acids that can irritate the skin. Carry out the process in an open area that is ventilated and does not consist of any other objects, as the cream is likely to damage anything it falls on.
Materials Required Instructions
  • Mirror (start with a small square, rectangular, oval, or circular one)
  • Glass/mirror cleaner
  • Lint-free towel/cloth
  • Contact paper (white)
  • Carbon paper
  • Etching cream
  • Utility knife
  • Foam brush
  • Stencil or design (from magazines or craft books)
  1. Start by cleaning the mirror using the cleaner. Wipe it dry with the lint-free towel. Ensure that it does not have any dust or lint on it.
  2. Cut the contact paper to a size that is considerably larger than the pattern you wish to etch on the mirror.
  3. Lay the paper out smoothly by clearing out any air bubbles.
  4. Take the carbon paper and place it on the contact paper exactly on the spot you want the design. Then place the stencil or design you have chosen on top of these papers. You may hold them in place using tape. Start tracing the pattern on the contact paper. Then, remove the stencil and the carbon paper.
  5. Use the utility knife to cut the design on the contact paper, leaving the part of the mirror you want etched exposed. Ensure that the contact paper is secured to the mirror.
  6. Wear your gloves and take the etching cream, dip the foam brush in the cream, and apply an even layer on the exposed mirror.
  7. Allow the mirror to dry thoroughly for about 10-15 minutes. The time it takes to dry may vary based on the brand of cream you use.
  8. Wash the cream off under running water. Remove the contact paper and rinse again. Your etched mirror is ready.
If you want to create an antique mirror, choose a floral pattern, and frame the mirror in a rustic, antique frame. Remember, you can create these mirrors in any design for home decor or simply use this art to communicate a message to your loved one. An etched mirror can be gifted or simply used to enhance the beauty of your home.