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Mirror Etching

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By Judith Serrao, UAE [ Published Date: July 24, 2007 ]

Your kids are on vacation and have nothing to do?  Do not worry, for here is a simple hobby which will keep them occupied and out of your way. 

Materials Needed:

A Picture
Mirror -  about  3" larger  (on all sides) than the picture
Art Knife
Carbon paper
Steel Wool
Coloured cardboard (Preferably grey or any colour of your liking)

Affix the picture to the glass and using a carbon paper trace the picture onto the reverse side of the mirror.

Place the art knife tip on the lines of the picture, press and pull the knife forward along the lines.  Continue this way and go over all the edges of the picture so that all the carbon markings are replaced by knife etches.

With the blade of the knife, remove the grey coating in between the outlines.  For e.g. for the leaves, have removed all the grey-coating but have left some grey coating where the veins of the leaves are (When you turn the mirror - right side up, the veins will have mirror but the other area will have plain glass).

Use brasso and steel wool to gently clear and clean the area where the grey coating was.

When the full picture is etched this way,  place a glass/matt cardboard at the back and frame it.

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Ruby Joneja, India :
Love your work Judith.

Can you please send me your email address?

aarti, Kenya:
i like you art work and you have made is simple.please send me the picture you have use on the mirror etching.i would like to trying it out.
Pearl Alvares, Kuwait:
Thanks Judith you made the impossible, possible... I love your art and will try one myself, now that you have made it easy and simple. Thanks a ton.
Anoop, Bahrain :
This hobby is very good and i will try this
Margaret Vaz, India :
Very Informative.

Sadananda Hegde, India :
Judith Serrao, your mirror art is lovely, thanks.
john r silva, India :
Till date I thought How it was possible, to my surprise, you have made it possible and very easy
I will try out one

Amarnath Bantwal, Kuwait:

Sar par topi lal, haath mein resham sa rumaal, wah tera kya kehna :)

To an artist par excellence, salute!
Dots Rego, USA :
You go gal!!

Beautiful mirror etching! You are very talented person Judy and I honestly admire your artistic and culinary skills.
Chris Rego, UAE:
Bravo! Do keep at it and way to go.
Rajanikanth Shenoy, India :
Simply stupendous, Judith!

It's amazing to see a talented woman like you just about mastering any art, craft and cookery skills!

Rare phenomenon in present day materialistic life.

I truly appreciate your creativity.
Tina Miranda, Kuwait:
That my friend was simply awesome :) funny how when everything is put so simply and in detail you wonder why you didn't think of it first hehehehe.
Joyce Alvares, Qatar:
I figured out from the recipes you post that you are an ace cook but hey you presented another form of art.

Do you teach art Judy? If yes, could I enrol myself as your student? I used to love doing such things but marriage and motherhood has put everything on the back-burner.

Lovely piece of work.
Austin Prabhu, USA :
Good artistic creation on the mirror Judy! Good creativity for kids to keep them occupied and to improve their artistic talent.
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