in which gorgeous DIY gem mirror is usually a fairly straightforward project in which you can knock out in an afternoon. The end result provides a beautiful modern geometric aesthetic in which adds style along with interest to any space. in which’s such a showstopper in which you could easily position in which above your mantel, which is usually typically a focal point of the living room, along with in which might be a gorgeous feature piece…in which you made yourself…on a smaller budget.
Whether or not you have glass-cutting experience, you can do in which one. Ready to create your own gem mirror? Here’s how.
Note: The author is usually an experienced, although not professional, DIY enthusiast. Neither the author nor Homedit is usually responsible for any injury or damage caused as a result of following in which tutorial.
DIY Level: Intermediate
- 24” x 36” flat (non-beveled edges) mirror (Note: Actually, you can use any size of mirror you’d like. Adjust measurements shown in in which tutorial accordingly.)
- Glass cutting tool
- Metal ruler
- Fine-tip permanent marker
- Razor blade (e.g., X-acto)
- Clear contact paper
- Metallic spray paint
- Fine grit sandpaper
- Gloves (optional; for working with the glass after in which’s been cut)
- Clear-coat spray paint (optional; in which tutorial did not use in which)
Begin by squaring off your mirror. Mark 24” on both long edges of your mirror, then draw a straight line across. Tip: Use a fine-tip black permanent marker; in which will wash off your mirror easily. The washable marker shown in in which photo was difficult to see, so I immediately switched in which out for a black permanent one.
Place the scoring wheel of your glass cutter on your line, then align the edge of your ruler with the outer edge of your cutter tip. Tip: There is usually a smaller gap between the edge of your tool along with the scoring wheel, so if you lay your ruler down first, your scored line will be about 1/16” off your marked line. Holding the ruler securely, run your scoring tool through one end of the mirror to the different, being careful to keep the scoring tool’s tip right next to the ruler. (in which incorporates a tendency to drift away through the ruler if you’re not careful.)
You only need to score once. Move your mirror to the edge of your worktable. Hold the mirror onto the table with one hand, then with the different hand, grip the smaller (scored) section. With one swift, strong movement, push your arm gripping the smaller section straight down toward the floor. You will hear a snap along with see a straight cut right where you scored the mirror. Tip: Some tiny glass shards will fall as you do in which, so I recommend laying a large piece of cardboard or something underneath to catch these. (Tutorial for creating your own ombre abstract art, as reflected in in which mirror, found here.)
today in which your mirror is usually square, in which’s time to turn in which into an octagon. For a 24” square, each side of the octagon will be just slightly less than 10” – so slightly, in fact, in which I simply measured 10” sections from the exact middle of each side of the mirror by centering my 24” metal ruler along with marking at the 7” along with 17” positions.
Mark on the very top edge of your mirror, because in which is usually the point you’ll be aiming for as you create your diagonal lines (for the angled octagon sides).
Once you’ve marked your 10” sides, draw diagonal lines across each corner. These lines should be close to 10” as well. If you find in which, for some reason, they are longer or shorter than 10”, you’ll need to make slight adjustments, maybe add or subtract 1/16” if need be. Remember in which each adjustment modifications the length of the different sides.
Using the same cutting technique as described above (e.g., place the scoring wheel of your glass cutter on the line, then bring the ruler to your glass cutter, secure the ruler firmly with one hand, along with score firmly – one time – with the different hand), cut the diagonal sides of your octagon.
Snap off the scored corners.
You may or may not run into a case where a snapped edge doesn’t break perfectly perpendicular to the mirror’s surface. I was concerned about in which, however as in which turns out, in which’s hardly noticeable after you sand along with paint.
Use glass cleaner to wash your mirror. Let in which dry thoroughly.
in which’s time to start marking the lines in which will create the jewel effect on your gem mirror. First, mark the very center of each of the eight sides. Tip: Rather than measuring half the side length (e.g., 5”) through one corner, which can create an off-center mark if your sides are not all exactly perfectly the same, do in which instead: center your ruler between two numbers (in in which case, I used the 5” along with 15” marks) along with mark the center in in which way.
After the centers are marked, connect every different center point having a straight line. in which will actually create two squares within your octagon (the A along with B squares from the photo).
Draw a short line through each octagon corner to the intersection directly in “front” of in which.
Your mirror lines should look like in which – if in which does, your gem mirror is usually off to a great start!
today in which’s time to “draw” two more squares from the center of everything. Connect every different intersection in which is usually in “front” of each octagon outer corner (these are the intersections you just drew your short lines to). in which will form the red along with blue squares as seen from the photo.
Using a drop of glass cleaner on a cloth, wipe away the line in which is usually parallel to along with directly in “front” of each of the octagon’s sides.
(For your reference, or if your brain works in which way, you’re wiping away the center part of each side of your two original squares in which you drew at the beginning.)
Congratulations! You’re done with all the lines. in which’s not time to prep your mirror for painting. Cover in which carefully with clear contact paper.
Tip: Use as few pieces of contact paper as possible – one solid sheet of contact paper is usually ideal. The seams between pieces of contact paper aren’t as crisp for painting as the single-layer ones. Any paint leaks can be taken care of, however in which’s just easier having a solid contact paper layer to begin with.
Choose the width of gem lines in which you like best. in which example shows about 1/4″ lines, which means I cut 1/8” off either side of the drawn lines (shown with the red marks from the photo). Use a razor blade along with follow the ruler’s edge precisely to cut around each line. Tip: Use a sharp, or brand-new, razor blade. You don’t have to press hard at all if your blade is usually sharp – you’re not trying to score the mirror anymore!
Use the razor blade’s point to lift the end of your strip.
Peel away your strip of contact paper. Continue for all gem lines. I found in which step highly therapeutic.
Whatever the width of your line strip cuts, use in which same width to cut the contact paper along all eight sides of your octagon. So, even though I was cutting 1/8” on either side of my lines, I cut a full 1/4″ through the octagon sides. Peel these edge strips away.
in which next step is usually optional. Because you will be painting over your exposed lines, you might be fine leaving them. However, I like to start having a clean surface whenever possible, so I wiped them clean. Again, put a drop of glass cleaner on your glass cleaning cloth, along with wipe them, through the center of the line toward the corners. Tip: Don’t wipe through one corner to another, as your first corner might pull up. Make two passes, both starting from the center along with wiping outward.
One benefit of doing in which step is usually in which in which also clears away any tiny triangle pieces of contact paper in which you may have missed in your original removal of the line strips. If you didn’t miss any bits, congratulations. You’re a perfect DIY specimen.
With all line along with edge strips removed along with the lines (along with triangular bits) all wiped away, lightly sand the edges of your mirror to remove any along with all sharp spots. Use a fine grit sandpaper (I used 220).
Carefully wipe your mirror clean through your sanding – take care not to inadvertently peel up any contact paper corners. Place your mirror on a drop cloth along with spray paint in which. I used Krylon’s foil metallic spray paint in copper.
Make light passes with the spray paint; two light coats will probably be fine. Don’t forget to spray the sides of your mirror as well. Let the spray paint dry thoroughly.
Use the tip of your razor blade along with peel up the corners of your contact paper. (Hey, if you like these concrete countertops, check out how to DIY them yourself here.)
Peel the contact paper.
in which’s exciting, isn’t in which? Looking not bad!
Remember when I mentioned in which wherever you have seams in your contact paper, the paint will leak a bit? in which happened here. Notice all the red arrows. in which’s not a big deal, though.
Simply use the tip of your razor blade to scrape the smudges away. You don’t have to press hard – a light scraping will suffice.
along with with in which, you’re done! in which’s beautiful.
You could use heavy duty 3M hanging strips to hang in which mirror anywhere, or you can prop in which on a shelf or mantel for all to enjoy.
Such a chic, unique piece. along with you made in which yourself! You should feel proud.
We love how the gem mirror looks complex, sophisticated, yet subtle.
A little modern geometric vibe amidst traditional décor.
in which even stands out from the semi-dark.
Mirrors are a great tool for increasing light in any space.
What a gorgeous “tool.”
We desire you enjoy creating your gem mirror as much as you love displaying in which!