Make A Sunburst Mirror

  • Make A Sunburst Mirror

Handyman stylist Gema Beneitez made a gilded ornament using a mirror, a round frame from an art supply shop, timber moulding and metallic paint.

‘I had a glazier cut a round mirror to fit the frame I bought and attached it using glazing pins pushed into place at the back of the glass,’ says Gema.

The moulding was cut into three lengths and attached to the frame in a sunburst pattern. Gema then applied the finish, using gesso as a primer to achieve the antique gilt effect. 

TIP Gesso can be used straight from the pot but it’s easier to dilute it with water and use two or three coats.

Timber moulding 

Architectural moulding, also called trim, comes in a wide range of profiles and sizes. 

It’s sold in lengths ranging from 1800 to 3600mm with prices starting from about $5, depending on the style and the type of timber.

For this project, curved moulding about 20mm wide was used to make the sunburst pattern on the circular frame.

MARK THE MOULDING to cut the sunburst pieces to length. For this project we used eight each at 100 and 200mm, and 16 at 150mm. 

CUT THE MOULDING PIECES to length on a 45° mitre using a mitresaw, sanding the cut ends with 180 grit abrasive paper. 

TIP You can use recycled or salvaged moulding, just remove any old paint first.

Step 1. Prepare the frame

Separate the mirror and frame carefully. Working on a flat surface, mark the back of the frame into quarters then find the centre of each quarter. Arrange the pieces of moulding around the frame and mark the positions.

Step 2. Attach the moulding

Secure the lengths of moulding to the back of the frame with 35mm x 8g screws, drilling 2mm pilot holes for each. When all of it is attached, apply PVA adhesive from the sides without shifting the position of any of the moulding pieces.

Step 3. Add the mirror

Run a bead of mirror silicone around the frame rebate, position the mirror and secure with four glazing or fine panel pins. TIP To hang the mirror, attach screw eyes on the back of the frame and add picture wire.

Step 4. Finish the frame

Apply gesso to the frame then sand lightly. Apply a coat of red acrylic paint and two coats of metallic gold paint, making sure to cover the inner rim of the frame. Sand the raised areas of the frame with 220 grit abrasive paper for an antique effect.

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