Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Inspiration

I have been busy working on a new technique I plan on revealing at my 
"Believe" class in Austin this Sunday.
If all goes well, I will gladly share it again in just two short weeks at ArtBLISS.
It is something I have been thinking about for some time.  Way before I left for Phoenix.
It began as a small idea after buying two vintage mantel mirrors from my friend, Kathleen.
Am I the only one who loves old peeling mirrors?  
Ones that you might think need to be re-silvered?
I think not.
My husband shook his head when I brought home the first oval shaped beauty.  
Then I carried in another one just a couple days later. 
I now actually have three old mirrors on my mantel.
I love the way they look when their silver starts peeling off.  The last one has a lot of sepia color that peaks through small bubbled areas.  Crackled beauty.
I think this one will remain a class example.

22 comments:

Riki Schumacher said...

So pretty, me likey!! Xox Riki

stregata said...

I love old mirrors - they seem to be windows into another world. And I have been contemplating how to use them in my jewelery...
Love your take on it!

Jen Crossley said...

It Looks awesome so far,I love mirrors that have the paint coming off YUMMO

Esther said...

Beautiful , le palais des glaces of Versailles!!

Barbara Lewis said...

I love old mirrors too! It seems the older I get the more I love 'em! Beautiful work, Diane, as always ... :-)

Sharon Tomlinson said...

I can only imagine where you are going with this, so far absolutely beautiful.

Alice said...

I love old mirrors too, but hubby is not so fond of them.

The little sneak peek is beautiful and I can't wait to see where this is headed (somewhere amazing. I'm sure of it)

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Ohhhh Diane ~ that is awesome awesome!! I love it!

Daryl said...

Oh looks like a great new dangle or maybe a pin!

A bird in the hand said...

Those old peeling mirrors are works of art in their own right. If I had a mantelpiece, I'd be buying them too!

Colette xox

Chris said...

Gorgeous! Your inspiration is golden~~and I can just "see" Allen shaking his head ruefully as you brought home the old mirror. LOVE it~

one-eared pig said...

I wish I could take one of your classes. I've never wanted to live in Texas 'til now. :)

maneki said...

How lovely! I really, really like that peeling mirror glass effect. Beautiful!

I have an old mirror myself, which might not be the best for actually mirroring yourself in, but it's just lovely with the mottled and worn silvered film. It's like with people and wrinkles: it show that they've had a life, that there's a history behind the surface.

Charlene said...

Soooooooooooooo pretty. Makes a girl want to stay for class...
Can't wait to see you. And I am so excited that Charolette gets to be there too! Drive safe! HUGS!
Charlene

In the Light of the Moon said...

I'm so relieved to hear that your hubby shook his head with the items you come home with...I was sure I was the only one!! heehee.. Cant wait to see what you come up with...oooh how I wish I could go to your class!!Hugs,Cat

Cindy said...

Diane, I'm crazy about antique mirrors too - they have so much character, not to mention a mysterious history. I wasn't familiar with the process of re-silvering - never heard of it! I DO hope you give us the scoop at ArtBLISS - your class sample is gorgeous!!!

Andrea said...

From what I can see so far, I'm in love!! I hope you make this an online class too!

krys kirkpatrick said...

Yes, yes, yes...I love old mirrors also. Thank-you for leaving a comment on my blog. I haven't peed my pants since I was 5....But I hear it will be in my future again in about 20 years. I love your blog....will be back, cause I am puttin you in my reader.

Aqua Junko Artworks said...

I love those old mirrors also. I am so excited to take your class and meet you at Art Bliss. Maybe you could play with those little mirrored pieces and sand off some of the silver backing letting an image peak through? I'll bring some to class. Lori B.

Lovey said...

BEAUTIFUL!! Pure Genius...

chicandfrog said...

I can only imagine where you are going with this. It seems beautiful!
Ambra

SolyGirl said...

Dearest Diane, I just loved your Believe Pendant class at ArtBliss. Looking forward to making many pendants to give as Christimas gifts.
Hugs and Kisses
Isolina Perez