Make It Yourself Mirror Frame
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Is it tough to find a mirror to match your decor? Get the mirror you've always wanted with this Make It Yourself Mirror Frame tutorial. You'll learn the step-by-step process of how to make a mirror frame and even how to hang it when you're done! The options are endless when it comes to size, shape, and the stain of the wood - you can even paint it to match your color scheme. If you're struggling to find a mirror frame to fit a space in your home, it's never been easier to make your own.
Time to complete: Weekend project
Primary Technique: Wood Crafts
DID YOU KNOW?
A mirror, by definition is a reflecting surface that forms an image of an object when light rays coming from that object fall upon the surface. The most familiar type of mirror is the plane mirror, which has a flat screen surface. Curved mirrors are also used, to produce magnified or diminished images or focus light or simply distort the reflected image. The history of mirrors dates back to ancient times when humans first saw reflections in a pond or river and considered it magic. The earliest manufactured mirrors were pieces of polished stone such as obsidian, which is a naturally occurring volcanic glass. Obsidian mirrors found in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) have been dated to around 6000 BC. Throughout the following centuries there is evidence of polished copper mirrors in Mesopotamia, polished stone mirrors in Central and South America, and bronze mirrors in China.
Moving closer to the modern era, the invention of the silvered-glass mirror is credited to German chemist Justus von Liebig in 1835. His process involved the deposition of a thin layer of metallic silver onto glass through the chemical reduction of silver nitrate. This process was adapted for mass manufacturing, which made mirrors more readily available and led to greater availability of affordable mirrors. Today, mirrors are often produced by the wet deposition of silver directly onto the glass substrate. Though the techniques to make them have changed, mirrors are incredibly popular. Nowadays, you can still customize mirrors as part of your home decor by making a DIY mirror frame. Mirror frames can make each mirror in your home feel personal to you.