Decorative Mirrors

Mirrors have been with us since we first caught glimpses of ourselves in still water, and being curious creatures, we have made improvements to the mirror ever since.

Polished bronze, tin and silver were the basis for some of the earliest man-made mirrors. In the early 13th century, mirrors were being made by adding a metallic backing to glass.

 Since the time that the Palace at Versailles was decorated with a great number of mirrors, the use of mirrors in home remodeling and decoration became increasingly important. Home decoration gave added importance not just to the mirror, but also to the frame in which it was set. Ebony, tortoise shell, ivory, silver and other materials were used for making mirror frames.

Another way to frame a mirror is to use decorative brass stampings. Generally thought of for making costume jewelry, some of the larger decorative stampings are very suitable for this type of work. The stampings can be plated or finished in antique colors, such as antique bronze, antique copper, and antique silver. A single finish can be used around the mirror, or for greater interest and increased decorating color flexibility, several antique finishes can be combined in a single frame. Motifs for these ornamental stampings can include butterflies, leaves, horses, flowers, hearts, foliage motifs, just about any motif that fits the dimensions the designer chooses to work with.

Click here to see is how to decorate a mirror frame using jewelry findings.


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