Gallahers Tobacco Factory Hand Crafted Mirror. Reverse painted, glue chipped and gilded with 22ct gold leaf writing. Handmade Frame.
Dimensions – 125cm wide x 25cm high
Glue chipped glass is glass that is etched and covered in warm, wet hyde skin glue. As the glue cools it attaches to the rough etched glass. Once the glue is dry/hard (to the same hardness as the glass) it is then put into an oven and baked dry. As this is happenng the glue (which is harder than the glass) , shrinks and rips shards off the surface off the glass in a fern-like random pattern.This process can take between 7-40 hours depending on the thickness of the glue.
The handmade frames are created by the artist from pine lengths which are rebated or shaped. Sometimes they will be put in a media blaster to bring out the grain effects. Then they will be burnt and stained alternatively until the artist is happy with the effect. They are then french polished and a plywood back is applied.
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