I have been wanting mini sunburst mirrors for a long time. I love the sporadic look of the small mirrors on a wall. Sadly for me, the mini mirrors are hard to find and expensive.
I stumbled upon tiny convex mirrors in the auto section in Wal-Mart! You know, the mirrors that go on a bus or a RV, or the mirrors that catch people stealing in a convenient store? :)
There are a couple different varieties, the mirrors pictured have a slant to them and were difficult to get out of the casing. The best mirrors are the rubber rimmed, they pull out easily.
I traced some of my favorite sunburst images onto paper...yep, right off the computer screen!
Then I traced the shapes onto mdf and cut them out with a scroll saw. I didn't take any pictures of the cutting process, because this was REALLY impulsive and I wasn't sure if it was even going to work.
I had to break off my plastic slanted casing, so I replaced it with cording.
On the "spikey" mirror, I drilled holes and added skewers.
Then I covered the mirror part with paper and gave them all a good spray of gold paint.
For any over spray I found that finger nail polish remover cleaned it off easily. I was surprised that it didn't ruin the inexpensive finish on the mirrors. The mirrors do scratch very easily.
They turned out fun- for an impulsive, sidetracked craft. I was able to use scraps and paint I already had, so the only cost for me was in the mirrors, about $10.00.
I will be back soon...(I promise)...with the room! :)