Friday, 4 January 2013

Two More Jewelled Mirrors … And Another Labour Of Love In the Making…..

What have I done? ….. Every time I have shown someone my “boudoir” mirror, they have immediately wanted one too …. but because of the work (and expense) involved, I will only make them for very, very special people ….. like my daughter Lucy and my sister-in-law Sarah,  both of whom I cannot thank enough for all they have done for me over the past seven months and still continue to do, I would be so lost without either of them!
Jewelled upcycled recycled jewelled mirrorSarah’s mirror (above) measures 51.5cms x 35.5cms and, as with Lucy’s, was a charity shop find for £3.99.
Jewelled Mirror Upcycled Mirror recycled Mirror I bought copious amounts of suitable jewellery to disassemble from Primark and large acrylic flat back gem flowers from e-bay. 
Jewelled Mirror upcycled mirror recycled mirrorLucy’s mirror is slightly smaller,  measuring 45.5cms x 34.5cms and cost just a bargain £2.99.
Jewelled decorated mirrorThe frames of these mirrors are narrower that on my first two projects, which in some ways proved a little more fiddly to get gems/jewels to fit.  However with each batch of gems and Primark jewels I dismember I am also beginning to build up a reserve ….. which is quite fortuitous …..
Bejewelled Bedroom Mirror Project….. because I am about to start on a new project for my boudoir ….. the re-decoration of which starts on 7th January ….. I wanted two fancy narrow mirrors for either side of my bed, I thought I had found them online, only to be told they were unavailable, after which I stopped looking for a while, until, I found these two gold framed mirrors in a new BM Bargains type shop, that has just opened in Wolverhampton.  They measure approx. 35ins x 12ins and only cost £3.99 each (saving over £60 on the original ones I wanted)  I knew if I didn’t buy them there and then I would regret it as they would disappear ….. I didn’t care how, but I was determined to get them on the bus and home!!!!
Jewelled mirror challengeI am going to marry them up with these nightlight holders that have been in my boudoir for years but are now tired and dated ….. gluing them to the mirror and frame with E6000 glue, which is strong enough to take the weight, and then I plan to bejewelled and bedazzle them robustly as befits my new lady boudoir! I have ordered some more flat backed flower gems, but just need a “small” spree, curtsey of Primark,  for a few extra bits and pieces …. with an eye for something big and sparkly,  particularly for the corners.
It’s going to be a challenge as I shall be “encrusting” both mirrors at the same time, I don’t want them to be completely identical, but I would like them to look like a matching pair……. so watch this space! 


SueF said...

Gorgeous mirrors Helen - can appreciate they must have taken you an age.
Love the the night light holders attached to the mirrors - they look perfect!


Roni said...

Ooooh these are just simply divine! Love them!! I just need to now go and scour our B&M's as 2 have popped up in the last 6 months! It'll probably take me 6 months to do one, but I'll let you know how I get on! Thanks for the inspiration!

Big hugs
Roni :D xox

tilly said...

Hi from Oz..... Just loving these new mirrors and will try being patient for the bedecking of the new long ones,
Hope your New Year is a wonderful one(with the wedding on the way) lol
Tilly x

Cheryl W. said...

Ooooh, I can't wait to see the result of this magnificent project! Keep those pictures coming - would love to see your progress.

Valerie said...

I love the jewelled mirror and can`t wait to see your finished mirrors when you`ve completed them. Hugs Val xxx