These are some of my absolute favorite pieces of art. Although I would absolutely love if you purchased one of these two in my Etsy shop (or request a custom color set), today, I’m gonna share the secret process so you can make one of your own.
The most difficult think about making one of these mirrors is knowing when to stop. It’s fun adding the color and watching it burn. However…
A little goes a long way!
The whole point of doing this on a mirror is to be able to see through to mirror. Still, these look amazing when there’s only a small reflection of light or beauty (that’s you!) shining through.
You’ll have to evaluate for yourself where you’re placing your mirror. I put one in my bathroom just to magnify the light and it’s almost entirely covered (like the one above) but the newest ones I’ve made are less inked.
So, if you’re feeling daring and want to try one yourself, the process is not really difficult but it does take a dose of bravery.
Here’s that you’ll need:
- Alcohol Inks
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Eye Dropper or Bottle with Point
- Mirror (I purchased mine cheap at A.C. Moore)
Here’s what you’ll do:
- Set up a safe and flat surface. I always work on aluminum foil but you may want to set up on an old cookie sheet. You’ll want your space to be well-ventilated or use a mask. But be careful of not having a breeze — only you can prevent
- Remove mirror from the frame and clean it well. Set mirror on your safe surface.
- Add a few drops of your alcohol inks. Spread out the drops and remember it will spread!
- Use the eye dropper to add your rubbing alcohol. Be aware of where you want the color and don’t add the alcohol to your blank mirror space. All of your inked area doesn’t have to be covered by the rubbing alcohol because it will spread but try to connect all of your ink dots.
- Now for the scary part, light it on fire! Be careful!! I recommend lighting up from the side and letting the fire spread itself inward so you’re hand isn’t caught over the flame but if you like burns on your hands — well, that’s on you.
- Don’t touch your mirror to soon! It will be hot! After it cools, replace it in the frame and enjoy!
A few extra things to note… you may wish to spray your mirror with a protective coat once you’ve finished inking and everything is dry. This will damage the art minimally with speckles but your ink art will be safe.
Also, if you use less ink and more alcohol, the ink will spread and you’ll get a “foggy”er look rather than the more precise look.
Finally, you do not have to do all the colors at once. You can go back time and again over the initial burn. However, I find that often times my colors become murky when I do this.
Have fun! If you’re interested in one of these two, let me know! Or, if you want a customized size, color scheme, or something else, I do that!