Whimsy Steel Mirror by Jean and Tom Heffernan, Art Mirrors
Jean and Tom Heffernan create this artistic, steel, handwoven, Whimsy Mirror. Their work is about color and light. The mirrors 'reflect' energy into a room. Using copper, or steel that is treated with heat and chemicals, they hand weave pieces that are eye stopping and colorful.
Handmade in the USA
* Size: over all 10"W. x 23"L., mirror size: 3" x 15"
Other sizes available, upon request.
Shipping: approximately four weeks.
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Due to the nature of handcrafted work, subtle variations are natural.
How They are Made
The production of an Art Mirror is a many-layered process.
The frame of each Art Mirror is constructed of 3/4" cabinet grade plywood. The metal is then woven directly onto the frame, and the mirror is recessed from behind. It is treated with several coats of lacquer made specifically for metal to retard oxidation.
The final step is placing backing board and hanging hardware on each piece. They use steel wire to hang their work instead of picture wire, as it is permanent and will never fray or unravel.
What Makes Them Unique?
Art Mirrors are unique in several ways - Styling, Patinas, and Hand Painting
Art Mirrors have an asymmetrical design, with the mirror placed off-center in the frame. This gives them a more dynamic appearance, and keeps them from being boring. It also allows you to hang them in either direction for more versatility.
They use chemical patinas as the background for each piece. The tones are muted, and fairly subdued.
After the piece is woven, it is carefully hand-painted with bright, colorful dyes. The muted tones of the patinas combine with the vibrant colors of the dyes and produce vivid, contrasting color combinations. The look is bold, vibrant, and exciting, with an interesting textural effect.
Care and Maintenance
Care for your mirror, like a fine painting, place out of direct sunlight. Avoid fingerprints, by wearing soft gloves when handling. Do not apply liquids to the steel, only dust with a soft cloth. The mirror glass should be cleaned with a soft cloth and a non-ammonia, non streaking, glass cleaner.