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Saturday, July 11, 2009

'Man in The Mirror' Decorated Mirror


Only called 'Man in the Mirror' because I am reflected, complete with camera in the mirror on this shot of a decorated mirror I made today at a class at Paddy's Stamping Place in Prestwich - Manchester.

Our host and very talented crafter was Neet Hickson, who was very patient and an excellent tutor during the all-day session.



The base frame was from Ikea (Malmo Mirror) and we first removed the mirror and then covered the raw pine with black acrylic or claybord ink using cut'n'dry foam.


We the used Makins air dry clay to produce the tiles which were stamped into with a host of stamps and then covered with mica powders applied sparingly with a brush. The resultant pieces were adhered to produce the all-over design, and allowed to dry before replacing the mirror. I used a few black clay base pieces but mainly blue for the rest. Each piece was rolled out by hand with a small roller and spacers so we didn't use a pasta machine either.



I always find shiny things difficult to photograph and hope the close-ups show enough detail. I love the finish as I always love blue themes anyway. I think the bit of green adds interest too !




Had a fantastic day and really achieved a lot thanks to Paddy and Neet who are both stars !! All materials except the mirror are available at Paddy's too !
Hope you like it :-)

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31 comments:

  1. this is stunning!!! Love the work.

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  2. Absolutely fabulous Sid love all the different shades of blue and the range of textures.

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  3. Glad you enjoyed it and nice to see the close-ups of the various sections of your art. I so regret not having taken a closer picture than the one on my blog.
    Thanks for blogging about it - you're a star!

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  4. You MADE this!!??!!

    Its stunning....wow....such fantastic detail and colour. Congratulations on creating such a fabulous piece Sid.

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  5. That is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I love it. You did a wonderful job with the colors.

    I agree it is difficult to photo shinny things. BUT we all know if it looks this great on the blog it is stunning in person.

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  6. oh wow this is stunning Sid - how I wish there were classes like this where I lived!

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  7. Sid, this is FANTASTIC. I love the colors - they are so "cool". What a great project. Cindy

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  8. oh wow !! this is beautiful !!
    isa

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  9. It's gorgeous Sid! I always wanted to do a clay mosaic, just need to get a pasta machine!

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  10. Like it - I love it - fantastic Sid

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  11. I'm very impresed! What size is the mirror and how long did it take to complete? Did you make each tile individually, or did you make a large piece, then cut, then bake? And did you have a layout sketch, or did you make that up as you went along? I'd like to give it a try - and seeing that I live in Florida, a class in England is not going to happen ...
    Thanks Sid, and keep up the creative work.

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  12. It's gorgeous Sid. The thing about making something like this is you obviously had a great lot of fun creating it, AND it is usable, bonus!!!!! I had the pleasure of Paddy's company last July at Elusive Images retailer training weekend and had great fun talking to her. She's a talented lady!

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  13. Oh, this is just stunning! What a lot of work went into it, and I appreciate you showing it! You will love this peice FOREVER!!!!!

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  14. this is AMAZING Sid! looks like a lot of work and a lot of patience. Well done.

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  15. That looks absolutely fantastic Sid, love it! The mica powder finish is beautiful over the coloured clay. Glad you had a fun day!

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I don't know what was my first clue that you liked blue....lol. All the little bits of color make it a totally awesome piece..
    Hugs, Millie..

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  17. This is so beautiful Sid! I love it. All the colors, sizes and textures. Wonderful!

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  18. Sid that is just gorgeous! I love the colour scheme and the textures.

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  19. WOW, Sid, this is AWESOME! Love the whimsy and sparkle. TFS this work of art with us.

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  20. this is marvellous..I want to make one now but dont want to copy! as I picked up some makins clay from her stall at Happy Stampers

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  21. WOW!! This is breathtaking, well done Sid.

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  22. Wow Sid, this is a stunning piece!

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  23. Wow, stunning, fabulous, wonderful, brilliant, gorgeous. I could go on and on. Wish I'd made it to the lovely Neet's class.

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  24. OH WOW Sid, this is absolutly stunning, i bet your so chuffed with how this came out, i know i would be :O)

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  25. Wow! gorgeous, missed this on my travels :)

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  26. This is fabulous! Wonderful colors and design. It's amazing to me that you hand rolled this and achieved such uniformity in depth. I couldn't even get the lines straight.

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  27. This is beautiful. I made one of these once but I used paper tiles. I like yours much more.

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  28. This is fabulous, I love to work with cold porcelain can get the same result from it.

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  29. Wow Sid, just found your blog and it's great!...I love what you have done with the fimo and wow...I'm so honoured...all your close-ups show tiles that you have stamped with the stamps I designed for Tanda! I love seeing what people do with my designs, especially when it's this good!
    Sue.

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