Sunburst Mirror

I've had a sunburst mirror rolling around in my head for years now. I knew I could make one, but how? Nothing clicked until I saw an old House Beautiful. In the corner of a photo there appeared to be a golden sunburst on a black background. Here was something I could do.
 I bought a piece of 2'x4'  3/16" hardboard from Home Depot and had them cut it in half for two 2' squares. (only used one) Buy a tube of paintable caulk (this just happened to be black) and a caulk gun if you don't already have one.  Take a trip to the Dollar Tree candle department for a round beveled mirror. Head on over to Michael's for a bottle of black acrylic paint and gold stencil cream.

I used a pizza pan to draw a large circle on my hardboard square then placed my mirror in the center and drew around it. I drew a circle freehand about 1/2" larger than the mirror. Looking back, I should have found a dessert plate that was a bit larger than my mirror, traced that, then traced the mirror. No matter, either way will work.

Lastly, I took a yardstick and bisected my circle in 8 equal segments. I added even more lines until it was as full as I wanted it to be.
 Cut off the tip of the caulk with a utility knife. This next step in very important. There is a wire tool attached to the caulk gun. Use it to puncture the seal inside of the tip. If you don't, you will have a huge mess on your hands as caulk will squeeze out in every direction. (don't ask me how I know).
 Slowly and carefully squeeze the gun trigger and follow your lines, going from the outside of your medium circle to the edge of the large one. (I rested the tip on the board to steady my hand)
After each line, click the end lever to stop the caulk from flowing out. Have an Exacto knife or single edged razor blade ready to correct any mistakes. A small bowl of water comes in handy to wet your finger and smooth any bumpy areas. If you make a big mistake, wait until the caulk sets up then peel it off and start again.

Did I mention that this is going to be a somewhat organic sunburst?
 Allow your rays to set up for an hour or so then pipe a line of caulk around the medium circle. Wet your finger and gently push this line against the ends of the rays. Next, pipe a line just outside the smallest circle. Allow these two circles to set up as well.
 If you've ever iced a cake, this step will be familiar. Hold the caulking gun upright and push a blob of caulk between the two circles, pulling up slightly when you are finished. Take a wet finger and gently push down on the tips to form rounded beads.
Now comes the hard part. You need to let this dry overnight. (I know, patience is not a virtue of mine either) The caulk won't dry hard; it will be pliable.
 Paint the whole thing black with your acrylic paint. I know this looks silver, but it's just the photo. Let it dry. Don't think you can use spray paint. It reacts with the caulk and becomes a sticky mess. (again, don't ask)
Take a pot of gold stencil cream and rub it on the raised portions with your finger. Keep applying until you have the depth of color and brilliance you like. Wait 24-48 hours for the cream to dry.

Goop glue was used to adhere the mirror.

This gives a vintage look to a midcentury modern mirror.

Hardboard - ($2.50 for one)
Caulk - $1
Paint - $1
Stencil cream - $3
Mirror - $1
Sunburst mirror  - under $10
feeling of accomplishment  - priceless


Wax Beach Artist said...

Your mirror looks really pretty and your right, being able to tell someone, "hey I made that" is priceless. I have never been able to make a caulk gun work so my hat's off to you on that one, lol. Great job!!! Connie :)

Kathryn said...

I remember sunburst mirrors being an in thing in the 70's and they are making a comeback - I love how yours turned out - never would have thought to use caulk - its genius!

ChRiS said...

all i can say is WOW

majeral said...

I really like that , I don't know if it is me or the screen is the mirror painted black too? You used it for a back ground? Looks cool tho..

Gail said...

No, the mirror is a mirror. I put caulk on a board, painted the whole thing black, highlighted the raised portions with gold then glued the mirror in place. It was not easy to photograph and I apologize for that.

maryann said...

This is awesome, and so clever!! You rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ligia said...

Really nice blog! I had a great time reading it during my long stopover @ Santiago airport today...

Greetings from Brazil,

NanaDiana said...

Wow! Good job and what a lot of work! You did great! Hugs- Diana

Toqua's Crafts said...

WOW! Great job!
I also would never have thought about using caulk. Kudos to you! said...

oh my, caulk! Brilliant, the gears are turning full speed, I think caulk could be the new modpodge, okay not really but i can think of some great ways to craft with it thanks to you! And thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling sunday!

Marcy said...

Great job! It's really pretty! I wonder if you could cut the hardboard in a circle, around the perimet of the rays...that would make it a free-standing sun!


Inspire Me Heather said...

This is TOO COOL! I linked it to my sunburst mirrors project post too, come on over and check it out!

Emma's Lunch said...

Wow this is gorgeous! I can't believe you made it yourself!

NYCLQ said...

LOVE the end result look!! and thanks for the tip of NOT spray painting b/c it would become a sticky mess! =)

xo Lynda

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Coming over from Me Making Do. I am very impressed. This mirror looks terrific.

Mary said...

I love it! Thank you for joining in on Masterpiece Monday. Have a great week, Mary :O)

Lucy Designs said...

I love working with caulk! what a great look this is!

Kellyology said...

Wow, it's never occurred to me to do this with caulk. Pretty great idea.

MojoMama said...

Haha, I love the comments teaching us how to learn from your mistakes... been there, done that... though, not with calk, but many other things. The mirror came out awesome! I never would have thought that calk could make a great sunburst mirror! Very creative!

Titti @ Shoestring Pavilion said...

Oooh, I love the look of your mirror! The caulk looks so good, gives it a handmade look. And the genius of using a wet finger to get rid of the "tips" of the beads. Well done!

Tiff said...

Thank you THank you!!! For the tip about the caulk! We have been remodeling our house and have had a horrible time with our caulk gun. We even bought a new one thinking it was the gun. You just saved my hubby some major frustration!

Lindsay said...

This looks amazing! And I love it even more bc it cost less than $10! Awesome!

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