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Altered Memories

Growing up my mom had this beautiful old hand held mirror that I loved to use while playing dress up. It had a gold frame and handle and had butterflies handstitched onto a piece of material that was attached on the back of the mirror. Recently my son was cleaning out a drawer and found this little mirror that he never uses so he asked me if I would like to have it. I laid it aside thinking that it would make a great project, but I wasn't sure what to do with it. One day, while looking at it I remembered that mirror my mom had and thought that one of the Altered Pages collage sheets would be perfect to use to give this mirror a make over. I chose the Victorian Butterfly Collage Sheet (AP-1066) after painting it. I adhered them using some Crystal Lacquer. Then, I decided it needed more so I mixed some of the Terri Sproul Mica Powder Gold Dust into some of the laquer and handed painted a gold frame around the glass mirror and added some hand painted flourishes. Once it was all dry, I used the Crystal Lacquer to complete seal the entire wood frame.  This mirror is one of my favorite altered pieces that I have done and even though the mirror my mom had is long gone; I will always know that her mirror was the inspiration for the one that I did. 









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