Making Hand Mirrors : Applying Paper Designs to the Back of Hand Mirrors

Making Hand Mirrors : Applying Paper Designs to the Back of Hand Mirrors


Now we’re going to apply the, the napkin layer
to our baseboard with the decoupage glue. You want to just, you can also use a white
glue that’s watered down a little. You want to make sure that it’s pretty thin. You can
see the, how thin this glue is. And just start in the middle, and make sure that you are
– I’m using my finger because then you can really feel how much pressure you’re putting
on the paper. And you really need to be very delicate while working with this. It’s like
a tissue paper, and wet tissue paper just falls apart if you’re not very gentle and
delicate with it. And you just kind of move from the inside to the outside motion, like
this, keeping your finger very wet with glue and spreading it on nice and thin and evenly.
When you’re finished with the circle part you want to work down the length of the handle,
and then at the end we’ll adhere the sides. And you want to keep that nice and wet with
glue, don’t let your finger get dry. It should slide along the board very, very slippery,
sliding along the board. And you want to work fast because you don’t want the glue to get
tacky while you’re working. If it does get tacky don’t go over it again. Only go over
it if it’s still very wet. So when you’ve adhered the whole thing, and don’t worry about
the wrinkles, because that just adds a little character to your napkin, and then you come
along the sides and just kind of gently rub it down the sides like this. We can trim off
any excess that hangs off; we’ll trim off after it’s dry. OK. We’ll finish this edge
here. And to dry you want to just balance it on a cup or something so that the edge
won’t be touching the table and won’t be sticking to anything. So just let that dry, and then
we’ll trim off this excess and do the front of the mirror. It’s good to have a damp cloth
around to just clean off any excess glue on your hands. OK, now our decoupage on the back
layer has dried, and you see you have this little bit of overlap hanging here, and we’re
just going to take a scissor and very gently remove that. You can also use an exacto knife
or a razor blade. You want to cut it as close as you can to the edge. And then we will be
working on our other sides, we’ll decoupage the other side of our hand mirror.

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