Antique Mirror is a modern technique which simulates the faint cracks and blotches of a vintage mirror, creating a classic old world style reminscent of centuries past.
If you have ever marveled at the fascinating patterns of the aged reflective surface of a very old mirror, you have a good idea of what we can reproduce using modern processes. From smaller pieces or tiles to large scale wall mounted pieces, the antiqued mirror looks we can create will evoke that special look of days past.
Most wall mounted applications are made with thinner glass, but thicker glass can also be used for countertops and other surfaces. Options include etching and sandblasting, cutouts for electrical outlets or other fixtures, and custom shapes for one-off applications.
The following excerpts from Wikipedia give some background on the history of mirror production, and they give some valuable insights into a few of the looks we can reproduce using today's technologies:
"The earliest manufactured mirrors were pieces of polished stone such as obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass... Mirrors of polished copper were crafted in Mesopotamia from 4000 BC, and in ancient Egypt from around 3000 BC. Polished stone mirrors from Central and South America date from around 2000 BC onwards. In China, bronze mirrors were manufactured from around 2000 BC...
"The method of making mirrors out of plate glass was invented by 13th-century Venetian glassmakers on the island of Murano, who covered the back of the glass with mercury, obtaining near-perfect and undistorted reflection. For over one hundred years, Venetian mirrors installed in richly decorated frames served as luxury decorations for palaces throughout Europe...
"The invention of the silvered-glass mirror is credited to German chemist Justus von Liebig in 1835. His process involved the deposition of a thin layer of metallic silver onto glass through the chemical reduction of silver nitrate. This silvering process was adapted for mass manufacturing and led to the greater availability of affordable mirrors. In the modern age, mirrors are often produced by the wet deposition of silver (or sometimes aluminum via vacuum deposition) directly onto the glass substrate."
This a fairly new technique which we are excited to offer, which is why we don't have many images to show off...yet. Anything from small cracks to large blotches and splotches in various shades and colors are possible. For more information please contact our office, we would love to create something special for you!