I was going for a light-medium char.
When I finished torching the frame, Handan scratched off all the char with a stiff wire brush. The brush took away the charred soft wood, while leaving behind the denser, harder areas, which then stood out in relief against the eroded softer wood.
Now the frame had some awesome relief for Handan to wax. She applied the wax with a brush…
…and then rubbed it off with cheesecloth.
It gave just the look we were after.
She did the same to the edges.
Handan then filled the recessed edge of the circle with E6000 glue. That stuff is awesome, but the smell makes me dizzy, so I left the room. Once she had the glue applied, we placed the mirror and weighed it down with whatever we could find. We further secured the mirror by screwing on four “L” brackets, just in case the glue would ever fail.
To make the little circle design in the middle, Handan gave me some upholstery tacks that she had in her craft room. To ensure that all of the tacks were equally spaced, I first determined the diameter of the circle that I wanted (3 1/2 inches), then I searched online for “clock face with dots.” I found a simple pic, downloaded it, then resized it so the distance between 12 and 6 was 3 1/2 inches. I then printed it and cut it out with scissors. I placed the clock face where I wanted the tacks to go and then pushed the tacks through all the hours on the clock face. When all the tacks were in place, I pulled off the clock face and hammered the tacks fully into the frame.
And with that, Handan’s French country style mirror was done! I removed Handan’s beautiful vase from the mantel and placed the mirror there instead.
And here is the cut template with the full round feet for your personal use only.
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