Yep. I am a giant geek lord. Lesser geeks bow before me. I am posting here, because my base was an IKEA mirror that is so plain it isn't really "reconstructing" anything. I knew I was going to do something with my RAM mirror, just wasn't sure what. As I lay staring at it one night, it hit me...the ultimate dork bedroom status piece: my own Mirror of Erised, from the first Harry Potter book/movie.
The design was not the same as the original in the book or film. Call this MoE Lite if you will. This was the cheap knockoff you can buy at the discount store.
I started with an IKEA mirror:
Then I grabbed a random board and placed my large cardboard letters (scrapbooking and paper craft embellishment). The second "E" is actually an F with a tacked on L leg. Glued them on:
Then I mixed up some plaster of paris and built it up around the letters with a paintbrush, giving it a bit of a bevelled edge:
Added some corner moulding to the bottom corners:
For a little textural interest, I placed some washers along the frame of the mirror. The whole thing was then painted a base coat of non-metallic bronze, covered in a drybrushing of two shades of metallic gold. Here are the washers:
I painted the topper plaque the same way, and put both drybrushed black and a stronger amount of the light yellow gold to make the letters stand out more:
The finished topper, which also features a scrollwood piece, braced from behind with an old rubber stamp block:
And the finished mirror. Woohoo! Yay me!:
When I look in it, I see myself in a vat of nacho cheese. My heart's desires are simple.