Friday, 19 October 2012

Jewelled Mirror

I don’t often make things for myself, but this is ALL for me ….. and my Lady Boudoir!!!
Jewelled MirrorDo remember the jewelled mirror I saw in Accessorize in Exeter in April this year? Well I never forgot it and Marc and I often talked about the idea and other ideas he had used to make similar mirrors using all sorts of things, other than jewellery.
043The whole thing took me about five nights to complete over a couple of weeks using an old mirror which measures approx. 23ins x 23ins, that I’ve had for at least twenty five years and has been on almost every wall in the house!
Bejewelled Mirror starting pointTo cover it I’ve used up all my old unwanted jewellery, flat backed gems, charms, beads etc. anything that glittered was bunged on, plus a few new bits from Primark and Claire’s that I needed to fill in the last few gaps … so I guess it’s cost me £20 to complete, plus a tube of E6000 glue, as recommended by Marc.
Bejewelled mirror work in progress.I have to admit I had a love hate relationship with the mirror all the way through until the very last evening, which is why I kept on leaving it and then going back to it ……
Jewelled Mirror CraftsIt wasn’t pretty enough, the bits didn’t look right together, it looked messy  …..and then I got irritated by having really gluey fingers!
Bejewelled Mirror.But the last lot of frippery that I bought especially, including six Primark stretch bracelets and three daisy chain necklaces from Claire’s sale …..….. especially the  metal daisies, that are the only “jewels” that I have scattered all round the mirror that seemed to bring everything together.Jewelled Mirror..It was on the final night of gluing and sticking that I could see that it was going to be even more beautiful than I had imagined and then I got obsessed by filling in the tiniest space with small pearl beads or tiny gem …..  less was definitely not more as far as I was concerned!  And now, I have my fairy mirror …….. even if I don’t exactly see a fairy looking back at me ….. I shall always feel like a fairy when I look at it!!!!!

25 comments:

ali said...

That is a truely amazing piece of
work and absolutely stunning
love ali

Di said...

Yippee, I jumped out of bed remembering it's Friday - raced to your blog and WOW!! Oh Helen, this really is absolutely fabulous - I adore it.

Races back into bedroom to frantically scrabble through old jewellery boxes :)

You clever little crafter - another brilliant idea.

Hugs, Di xx

Nikki D said...

oh how super - and you would pay loads for it in the shops!

Barb Cady said...

Oh this is really really beautiful. Well done for 'sticking' to it! What a piece of art you now own.
lovely, lovely lovely, what more can I say? x

tilly said...

Just stunning, I love it sooooo much!! a work of art indeed!
Tilly

SueF said...

Stunning - truly beautiful

Sue

Dianne said...

Helen, tis is one great mirror! It looks soooo rich and gorgeous....you are going to smile everytime you pass by, or look in it! The daisies sprinkled around are a perfect touch...you are going to see one beautiful element after another each time you look at it!...Dianne

Simone said...

It really is a labour of love!

lonidan said...

Helen this is absolutely gorgeous. WELL worth all the sticky fingers and final fiddle farting!! Louise xx

Lynne said...

I love it. You've done a fantastic job Helen. x

Sue said...

Really lovely.

Linda said...

Absolutely love it. I have loads of old jewellery, assorted bling and flat backed gems lying around and cant wait to get sticky fingers making it into an antique of tomorrow. Can just imagine someone drooling over this on Antiques Roadshow 2112.
L x

Mrs A. said...

A stunning transformation. Hugs Mrs A.

Cheryl W. said...

It is magnificent! You need to share with us what your visitors say when they see it IRL for the first time. I bet you get some fantastic comments!

Roni said...

Gorgeous Helen! Absolutely stunning!! Now that's a mirror I would love to own! Wow!!!

Well done you, you've created a masterpiece!

Big hugs
Roni :D xox

marc said...

LOL you kept that quite i have only been saying to you for the last 5 weeks you should do something with all those bits and you just went along with out leting on lol your bad and fab i love it you have done a fabtastic job they are weired you have to keep looking and you will be filling in for ever with small beads perls ect it becomes a thing you glue all your broken bits to and the more you fill in the more you love it i did one were every tiny space left i filled in with glitter and micro beads it took me 6 mnths lol i love your a fab make big love marc

Paula said...

Stunning Helen. You have created a master piece. Love it.

Paula said...

Stunning Helen. You have created a master piece. Love it.

Angie said...

Stunning ...not just a gorgeous fairy mirror now but an amazing piece of 3-D ...or textured ...art. xx

Suze Bain said...

Wow, it's absolutely stunning - and how much would this cost to buy in a shop! A wonderful creation. xx

nicedaydesigns said...

Wow that's really stunning, fair play to you for having so much patience.
(just found you through UK craft blogs btw)

Anj said...

Love it!!!! Very inspiratonal too - thanks for sharing Helen x x x

Toni said...

Helen, There are no other words to describe this project other than those used many times already. You should be really proud of this. Just wish I had a big stash of 'bling' to have a go myself. Well done you!!!!
Hope you are keeping ok.
Toni xx

Pippa said...

I love this mirror! I actually am in the process of making one myself but I just don't have enough stuff to stick on it, I hope mine looks as good as yours when it's finished :)

Susan Goldman said...

I just love this mirror. I have an old mirror of my own which I was going to throw away but now you've inspired me to create something beautiful.
I love your blog, so many lovely things to see. Thank you :)