October 3rd, 2008

Through the Looking Glass

I wrapped up my first ever Elegant Reflections class earlier this week. It may be illegal to have that much fun! Of course, not everyone gets their kicks by stripping the paint off the backs of mirrors and pouring stinky sulphury stuff over the them to create wild patination patterns…..but some of us do……

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Like Julie Stonehouse…

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and Georgia Morrow….

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I’m SO sorry I didn’t get a picture of Regina Garay, who was here, and has posted about the class on her Fauxology blog. Regina! What bad bloggers we are to not even get a photo of us together!!! Next time….meantime, I think one of my favorite samples that came out of the class was this one above of Regina’s. But there are many more….

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Julie’s 23K Gold Leaf Chrysanthemums and glass etching….

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My Art Deco Palm Trees…

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The dreaming girl with heavy patination…..

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The woven linen look through the removed silver…..

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Michelle’s heavy distressed and coppered pattern. Here, you are actually looking at the BACK of the mirror, which gets these crazy colors happening and can then be sealed and used as an art piece….

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her WAY cool copper and silver number…

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An allover pattern with paint, leaf and stain….

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and my gilded delicate lattice over light patination. I’m STILL inspired and have some stinky samples “cooking” as I write.  Gotta go!!!

Psssst! Next Elegant Reflections class is February 9-10, 2009.

7 Responses to “Through the Looking Glass”

  1. Lucinda Says:


    May I ask if these techniques work on mirrors that has already been installed? I have a client that hates their huge bathroom mirror and wants a creative permanent design. I hope to take this class or one of your classes in 2009. I want to see your studio in person as I’m sure I’m not alone in that.


  2. Jan Gonzales Says:

    Sooooooooo beautiful, all the samples! I was supposed to take the class but had to cancel because of some health issues. Hope to take it next year.

  3. Regina Says:

    Seeing the pics reminds me of the great class once again. It WAS fun, wasn’t it? BTW, thank you for the great Italian restaurant recommendation. Julie and I had a wonderful dinner before our flights. Can’t wait to get back to San Diego!

  4. Jenny Says:

    My goodness you are all so so talented!! I love all of these!! Looks like fun too!!!

  5. Melanie Says:

    Lucinda-unfortunately you can only patinate mirror by removing the protective backing to access the electroplating-so installed mirrors are out for that. You CAN apply decoration to the front side of installed mirror, such as etching, gilding and painting.

    Jan-I hope you health issues are under control and you can come back soon!

    Regina-glad you enjoyed the dinner, that’s one of my favorites.


  6. Julie Stonehouse Says:

    It WAS a great class wasn’t it??? Thanks so much Melanie! (Not only for the restaurant recommendation, but for inspiration, fun, and solid information.) I can’t wait for my supplies to come from San Diego.

  7. maryam in marrakech Says:

    oh my……….Fabulous with a capital F. My favorite is the gilded lattice pattern. Man, can’t we do one tiny mirror while you are in Morocco? Please! I will promise you that tarte tatin that you loved so much:)