I want to thank all those who suggested sources for small mirrors for the
hand mirror which I am making.
Here is how I make the Berry Basket hand mirrors:
Because I am on a limited income, I try to use less expensive woods. I have
found that poplar stained with Minwax cherry stain looks remarkably like
cherry. I use two pieces of 1/4" poplar and one piece of 1/8" Baltic birch
between the pieces of poplar. The reason for the Baltic birch is that it
adds strength to the somewhat intricate fretwork, and also adds an accent
line around the edge of the mirror. I attach the pattern to one piece of the
poplar and cut out the oval opening for the mirror, and then round over the
opening. I then laminate all three pieces together using a piece of 1"
particle board to cover the entire thing and about 40 pounds of weight using
bar bell weights. When it is dry, I then cut around the outside and round
over (1/4") the entire mirror. I then cut out the fretwork design. I then
stain the whole think with Minwax cherry stain. Let it dry and put on a coat
of Watco and let it dry. I attach the mirror with silicon caulk and it's
finished. When I get this one done I'll try to post a photo of it.
Tom Sevy in Salt Lake
PS: Working on the mirror and other scrolling will have to take a back-seat
for awhile. Yesterday our Oklahoma family arrived for a 10 day stay with
children 6, 4 and 1. Next week our Idaho and Nevada families arrive for a
week with children 18, 15, 12, 8, 6, 5, 3 and 8 months. So that's a total of
20 people in our four bedroom house. Thank goodness for three bathrooms and
a basement. Fun, but very definitely noisy. I sure hope it stays nice so
they can play outside.