There have been a few versions floating around blogland of how to make mirrors like this:
This was my inspiration:
The issue that I have with most of the tutorials are the mirrors are just completely gone in spots. Theres no color variation, no depth. This is the difference:
This mirror was done using oven cleaner:
See how ALL of the reflective coating is gone?
These are what some done with acid look like:
Much better right?
So heres how to do it.
You will need:
Jasco Brand Paint and Epoxy Remover
Old Shirt or Carpet (So that your mirror doesnt get scratched)
Possibly a scraper.
Ok so first you want to lay your mirrors out face down on a surface that cant be damaged by the paint remover.
A reader just informed me that mirrors that are made before 1941 can have mercury in them. 90% of the mirrors that I do have to be cut for the frames, so I dont worry about it too much BUT if for any reason you think that your mirror might be close that that era. DO NOT RISK IT. Just have another piece cut. You and I will both sleep better at night!