How was your weekend everyone? I spent some time last week with some of my favorite people in the world at a girls camp in New Hampshire. Â One night while we did skits inÂ theÂ ampatheater onÂ theÂ lake shore the sunset wasÂ especiallyÂ beautiful. I wish my phone had been able to capture it a little better.
But anyway, the seasons of SYTYC always go by so fast don’t they? Â I can’t believe we’ve already been through the 9 weeks of the challenge and we’re down to the final two!
This week the challenge isnâ€™t anonymous. Â I figure you have already figured out who is who by now so there isnâ€™t much point in not telling you anymoreÂ
Like always the poll is in the sidebar and will be open Â until Thursday night. Â Make sure you vote early and let others know they need to head on over, too!
Craft #1 -Â Helix Jewelry Display byÂ ChiWeiÂ @Â One Dog Woof
Craft #2 – Arts & Crafts Style Mirror byÂ ErinÂ @Â Erinâ€™s Creative Energy
This entire competition experience has been amazing!Â I cannot believe I
am here in the finale getting to show off one of the my biggest projects ever!Â I present to you, my Arts & Crafts Style Mirror.
This idea rattled around in my mind ever since my first stained glass class.Â Maybe earlier than that.Â I always wanted to see stained glass combined with a mirror.Â I even have a faux stained glass mirror that I took from my mom’s house when I left for college.Â It was very tiny, but I think that’s the seeds of my inspiration.
This entire project started with a contractor’s grade mirror picked up off the side of the road.Â I have a friend to thank for telling me about that!Â You know who you are: “Thank you!”Â I broke the mirror (partially) on my first cut.Â Fortunately, I adjusted and ended up needing to make it a few inches smaller than originally planned, which actually worked out better in the long run.
I then designed, cut, ground, foiled, and soldered the individual glass pieces; finally caulking the stained glass to the top off the mirror.
I also designed, cut, half-lapped (first time ever), routed, glued, sanded, stained, SANDED, sealed, SANDED, and waxed the frame.Â There was A LOT of sanding involved.Â By far the most tedious task.
The piece is hanging in my front entry way and makes quite a statement.Â It will go great once we put up our new door.Â Our new door has a quarter panel stained glass window in the top with the same color of glass, not quite the same style as the mirror, but enough continuity to look wonderful together.Â At least that’s the picture in my mind.
The lumber is white oak, stained with dark walnut.Â This created a rich,
almost honey colored wood tone with a dark chocolate grain pattern.
Perfect for the man cave of a house my family calls home!