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Luna1375
« on: June 28, 2017 08:27:15 PM »

Hi all! Long time no post. I am SO happy with how this sunburst mirror turned out:



The trickiest part was measuring accurately for spacing the dowels, and then the second trickiest part was gluing them on. I didn't want to just hot glue them because I didn't think that would be strong enough, nor did I want to hold each and every one in place while wood glue dried. Soooo . . . I did both! I put a shmear of wood glue, then a dollop of hot glue on the end to hold it until the wood glue dried.


The rest was just spray painting, and gluing on the mirrors and gems. Hope you like it!
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2017 06:44:06 AM »

Wow, it's fabulous! I love it against your bright turquoise wall!
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2017 07:32:41 AM »

It looks wonderful and I LOVE the colour of your wall.
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2017 08:29:08 AM »

Wow, it's ALL so beautiful!  Would love to see more of your home!
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2017 09:21:18 AM »

Thank you all! I will be sure to take more pics of crafty stuff around my house . . . after I um, clean up some.  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2017 12:36:12 PM »

Really cool and modern-looking solar mirror design--I'm sure that eye-catching creation will gets positive comments every time a visitor sees it for the first time!

Just an idea: It'd add to the thickness of the mirror a bit, but you could glue another thin wooden disc on the back, sandwiching the dowels between it and the clock face, to secure said dowels even more firmly.  Alternatively, if you had a thicker wooden disc, you could drill holes all around the perimeter and insert/glue the dowels into those cavities to really make sure they stay put.
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2017 05:46:46 PM »

Really cool and modern-looking solar mirror design--I'm sure that eye-catching creation will gets positive comments every time a visitor sees it for the first time!

Just an idea: It'd add to the thickness of the mirror a bit, but you could glue another thin wooden disc on the back, sandwiching the dowels between it and the clock face, to secure said dowels even more firmly.  Alternatively, if you had a thicker wooden disc, you could drill holes all around the perimeter and insert/glue the dowels into those cavities to really make sure they stay put.

Thanks for the ideas! Yeah, I actually tried drilling holes for this one, but it was just tearing up the wood. Either my bits weren't sharp enough, or maybe drilling into the grain with the grain going all sorts of weird angles because it's a circle, just wasn't a good idea. I fixed the hole I made with wood filler and decided gluing them to the back looked fine.

What I would really have liked to do, for the look of it, (but I'm not making it over again at this point) would be to have the mirror inside a round frame, instead of just glued to the wooden plaque. But I didn't really think of that until it was done.

I'm not worried about the spines going anywhere. The wood glue is pretty strong, and they're not heavy.
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2017 04:32:31 PM »

I LOVE this project!  It is a showstopper!!

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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2017 12:10:36 PM »

Lovely! I have a weak spot for sunburst mirrors...
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« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2017 11:36:10 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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