I have a mirror of which I am very fond.
It is straight-out-of-the-paint-box vermillion in colour and decorated with Chinese figures and scenery. I bought it some years ago, together with a hairbrush, from a charity shop in Kent.
It is so straight-out-of-the-paint-box vermillion in colour, that I have not yet found a wall where it would be at home. This being so, when I wanted to make a miniature version of it, I changed the background colour to black and the undercoat, that shows through in places, to cadmium red.
My miniature version is constructed using a handbag mirror, which has safety glass, securely housed in a plastic frame.
The handmade frame is then painted and varnished several times to give the soft sheen effect of old lacquer.
It is relatively heavy and so I have added a hanging wire at the back. This can be snipped away, or twisted out of sight if it is not needed.
I have a pattern for the frame and sketches for the design, but each of these mirrors turns out differently.
They are also dependant upon good light for painting, and a supply of handbag mirrors – neither of which can be guarenteed.
3 and 1/2 inches tall – (8.9cm)
2 and just over6/16th wide – (6.1cm)
Just under ¼ inch deep – (7mm)
I have no idea where, or when, my original mirror was made – it has no identifying marks that I can find.
These miniature mirrors are made from REAL GLASS. They are not “toys” – they are a “collector’s items”