My future daughter-in-law loves mirrors — the bigger the better. We have been to dozens of stores looking, but have been unable to find the perfect mirror at the right price. In the meantime, I thought I could alter one a bit so she has something pretty to check her outfit each morning.
Mirrors, you should know, are rather challenging to photograph, so my chickens helped me out with this one …
I started with an inexpensive (about $15) full-length mirror. It had a bit of a Greek detail to the frame, so I opted for a Greek-inspired flourish from a Cricut cartridge to decorate the top and bottom of the mirror. The process is so simple …
First, cut the image out on etchmask. This is an adhesive vinyl made by etchall. It is thicker than Cricut’s vinyl, which means it is less likely to tear and the Cricut doesn’t cut all the way through the backing paper, so everything stays together until you take it apart.
I did two images … one for the top and one for the bottom. I reversed and flipped the bottom image before cutting it out.
Next, remove the entire piece of etchmask from the cutting mat and cover with a transfer sheet cut to the same size. (etchmask comes with the transfer sheets, so there is nothing extra to buy!) Carefully remove the backing from the etchmask and adhere it to your surface. The transfer sheet holds it all together for you. Once adhered to the mirror, carefully remove the transfer sheet, as seen in the photo above.
Now, use the etchall Squeegee to work out all of the air bubbles and make sure the vinyl is adhered well.
Now use a pick or piercing tool to pull out the design. Tip: Start in the center of the image and pull it out from there.
If your image is too close to the edge, add washi tape, masking tape or painter’s tape. You do not want to get the etchall anywhere else on the glass. Then, use the squeegee to apply a thick, even coat of etchall.
Wait 15 minutes, then scoop up all of the etchall with the squeegee and put it back in the bottle — it is reusable.
Since this project was so large, I used wet paper towels to clean off the rest of the etchall and then carefully removed the tape and stencils.
Here’s how it turned out …
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