Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DIY: Mirror, mirror.....

This blog post was written in advance and is posted automatically while I'm on vacation. Please understand that I have no regular internet access and might not be able to answer questions or moderate comments right away.

What's up guys?

Before we left for our vacation, we did some, eh, "home imporvement" you could say! One of the two was a little DIY project I had planned for a long time, and now I finally found the time (and patience) to do it :) I posted a little teaser on my twitter a while ago, so basically this is the "solution" what I did with this: I etched a mirror!

First, I sketeched the design on paper. Those kind of vines with thorns and leaves are also part of my signature that I use for art and as a little watermark on photos. People ofen ask me if it has to do anything with Finish rock band The Rasmus and in fact, it kinda has, but only remotely, because I designed my signature in a time where I listened to their album "Dead Letters" a lot, and I really liked their logo. I still tried to give it a personal touch with the thorns though, and I guess maybe it's time to do an overhaul of my signature too pretty soon?

I even thought about getting the vines tattooed one day. They do kind ahave a deeper meaning to me. I just wanted to put something very personal on my mirror, something that would make it unique. So after thinking about copying the style of an Art Nouveau frame I quickly ditched that thought in favor for my beloved vines :)

The etching is done with a special kind of paste, so to protect the areas you don't want to get etched, you use "window color foil". I don't know if it's really called that but I remember that back when I did a lot of window color as a kid I used this foil to draw window color directly on there, which allowed them to be removed and stored much easier than without. When my boyfriend etched two glasses and a jar for my birthday last year, he had to use a slightly different technique. He had to cut out the motive first, and then put the foil on the glass. But since a mirror is a flat surface, and my design had "gaps" which would make the placement of the foil on the mirror quite difficult, I just copied the design to the foil with a black permanent marker. This way, I was also able to get the design on the foil symmetrically by simply turning the foil with the second half of the motive upside down.

Then I cut out the parts of the design that were supposed to be etched directly on the mirror! Fortunately it doesn't really matter if you scratch the surface because these spots will be etched anyway. It was a bunch of work, and at some points really tricky because you see the whole motive double.

The paste we used for etching is actually not available within the EU because it is slightly corrosive. So you have to order it online from the US (I don't know where my boyfriend got it but the product is called "Armour Etch"). Personally, I think it's really idiotic that the stuff was banned here, because people will just resort to even more corrosive stuff that is definitely more dangerous like hydrofluoric acid or whatever - because THAT stuff is available to buy here nonetheless. But anyway. The stuff is pretty cool, you can easily apply it with a brush and will notice pretty quickly what it will do to the glass. I think you can influence the intensity of the etching by letting it soak longer, we left it for about an hour. I wouldn't leave it on longer, simply because due to capillary force the paste will get "sucked" underneath the foil - no matter how well it sticks to the mirror - and it will make the edges of your motive appear frizzled.

We did this last steps out in the open in my boyfriend's grandma's garden. When you do glass wear and smaller stuff it's now problem to do it inside and then wash your item in the sink, but I didn't want to wash the mirror in my bathtub to avoid scratches (on the bathtub :'D). In the garden it's easier to wash it off, and the paste doesn't do any damage to the grass, just dilute/rinse it well and it should be no problem for the ground.

So the last step is to simply wash off the paste and marvel at the result!

Haha, the camera focused on the mirror image of the ceiling of the old garden shed XD

I'm really happy with how this little project turned out :3
We didn't have time to mount the mirror yet (we have to borrow a percussion drill to get through our walls...) but nevertheless I wanted to place the mirror above the make up table to get an impression on how it will look like, and I love it ♥

I think etching is a very cool way to customize glass wear of any kind! Also, when you do it to a mirror or other flat glass surface, it's really easy to make even more complicated designs with cut-out parts and such.

There's even more "mirror-related DIY" !

We recently mounted my old mirror, in a very  nifty way actually. Since we didn't want to drill holes anywhere in the walls or doors, we bought a set of those metal rails that drawers have, and we fixed them to the backside of the mirror and mounted the whole thing on the side of the wardrobe....

Now there's some use for the empty space between wardrobe and book shelf, and I have a mirror until we one day perhaps get a new wardrobe to replace that old one :) And it also means I can take more "casual" outfit photos when I don't have time to set up the camera before I go :3 Like this one!

Here's a recent outfit!

I tried some Ouji/Kodona inspired outfit lately. Curiously, my boyfriend really likes this style so I feel comfortable wearing it when I'm going out with him :) And it's super comfortable and I like it a lot. I am really glad I got those Creepers from Primark, I already wore them a few times and they just match so many different outfits and styles!

Now there's one more "mirror project" left, and that's to get a mirror in our hallway. I kept forgetting it again and again during our last visits at Ikea, but I want to buy mirror tiles and mount them to our ugly brown front door. Since we have a spy hole and obviously it's at about face height, we can't mount a usual mirror there, unless we either cover up the spy hole or mount it in such a way that you can only see yourself downwards from the neck :'D So yeah, I hope I don't forget to buy those tiles next time we're at Ikea!

Hope you're having a good time - I'm still abroad for a while, so I probably can't answer your comments right away, sorry for that! But if you have any questions concerning glass etching or anything else feel free to ask :)



  1. Wie mega cool! Das Ätzen wollt ich auch schon ne ganze Weile mal machen aber jetzt hab ich Zweifell ob mir mein Resultat noch gefallen würde :'D deins sieht einfach perfekt aus! So richtig detailliert und alles. Und die Idee, den Spiegel so zu montieren, war ja mal mega gut! Auf die Idee bin ich noch gar nicht gekommen!

    1. Ach was, von nahem sieht man duzende Fehlerchen XD Wenn die Folie zu lange klebt saugt sich die Paste durch den Kapillareffekt drunter und die Kanten werden verschwommen oder ausgefranst. Andererseits wollte ich es schön matt haben, und wollte es möglichst lange einwirken lassen... es ist also quasi ein Kompromiss ^^"
      Aber es funktioniert wirklich gut und ist sehr einfach. Und auf glatten Oberflächen wie Spiegeln, wo man direkt schneiden kann, ist es auch sehr einfach mit so nem Messer das Motiv auszuschneiden. Vorschneiden (für Gläser und dergleichen) ist viel Schiweriger, daran traue ich mich mit so einem Motiv auch nicht XD
      Danke jedenfalls! ^^

  2. So cool *-* and your outfit is really cute!

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  3. Das ist wirklich schön geworden, ich bewundere dich wirklich für deine Geduld :D

    1. Dankeschön ^^
      Geduld ist ein gutes Stichwort, das Ausschneiden war schon mühsam und mir tat danach total der Rücken weh weil es doch eine etwas "verkrampfte" Position ist, aber bei kleineren Motiven geht es ja auch schneller. Bei der zweiten Hälfte vom Motiv war ich auch vieeeel schneller als bei der ersten, da ich schon ein wenig "Übung" hatte denke ich ^^

  4. Ach, ich vermisse regelmäßigere Posts von dir ;_;

    Den Spiegel auf die Leisten zu hängen ist echt 'ne gute Idee gewesen. Ich hab meinen vor Schranktüren stehen, die ich nie aufmache. Außerdem ist er von einem Schal verdeckt, weil mich so Spiegelbewegungen ganz nervös machen. Vor allem aber wird mein Bett sonst gespiegelt und das fühlt sich irgendwie ganz und gar nicht gut an.. X_x

    Auf deine Creepers bin ich übrigens neidisch! :D Ich hab welche mit Absätzen, die ich aber nicht tragen kann, weil ich hinten rausschluppe und das ist natürlich gerade bei hohen Schuhen gefährlich. Trotzdem kann ich mich bisher nicht von ihnen trennen >_<

    Und ich wollt dich fragen, ob du die Naturkosmetik-Fragen beantworten wollen würdest, wenn du Zeit und Lust hast?! Ich hab dich mal absichtlich nicht explizit getaggt, aber ich fänds interessant deine Meinung zu lesen, daher frage ich mal auf diesem Weg :)

    1. Die Creepers sind von Primark und waren super billig, sonst hätte ich mir glaub ich auch keine geholt, ich war total skeptisch ob mir solche Schuhe stehen :'D Aber ich bin ganz happy damit, vielleicht leg ich mir also in Zukunft mal "richtige" (also etwas bessere) zu ^^ Ich hätt durchaus gern welche mit etwas höherer Sohle aber an sich bin ich super zufrieden mit denen :D

      Die Fragen beantworte ich natürlich gerne, ich hoffe ich vergesse es nicht! ^^" Falls doch, erinnere mich bitte einfach XD

  5. Klasse Idee mit dem Spiegel :-)


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