Wooden "Picasso" Art Mirror
This playful, vibrant wood-framed mirror reflects the lighter side of life.
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Kerry Heath from North Port, Fla., tries not to take life too seriously. In this project, he makes a playful art mirror that reflects his lighter side.
Materials and Tools:
1" x 4" clear pine for frame material
plate jointing biscuits
acrylic artist paints
picture hanging hardware
1. Gather all wood materials. Assemble rough frame.
2. Glue boards to each other. Make a slice into the sides of each board and glue in biscuits, which will join the pieces of wood together. Clamp pieces together and let the glue dry.
3. Place design pattern over frame and cut outer edge face design.
4. Rout back for mirror with router, creating lip for mirror to rest in.
5. Sand frame.
6. Start to make facial features. Draw out and cut face pieces--eyes, nose and mouth. Place eyes, nose and mouth on frame. Placing facial features will help with creating the additional design.
7. Draw lines around the entire frame to create details such as the hair, swirls and other elements.
8. Carve into the wood along the drawn lines, adding dimension to the chin, hairlines, sides and other items.
9. Glue and nail face pieces into place.
10. Apply texture paint coat--a white neutral color--and let dry.
11. Apply yellow base coat and let dry.
12. Paint the face, hair and sides of frame in different colors. Then let dry.
13. Add a clear coat on frame (polyurethane) to protect it from the elements.
14. Place mirror in frame. Place mirror in through the back of frame and it will lay flush with the backing.
15. Secure mirror in place by taking a piece of plywood larger than the mirror size and screw board to the back of the frame. It will keep the mirror from falling out.
16. Install hanging hardware to back of frame.
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