>> Are your mirrors one of a kind?
Stained glass is not at all like photography or printmaking, where the technology itself makes it possible to create multiples which are all exactly alike. With stained glass, every single piece, no matter how large or how small, must be hand cut one at a time. Since each sheet of glass is different from piece to piece, it is inevitable that every mirror we make is unique, and therefore in its own way is truly one of a kind.
>> The borders and accents to your mirrors look so unusual; are they made of actual stained glass?
The mirrors are completely made of stained glass except for the process of bonding the pieces together, which is copper foil and solder. (This is known as the "Tiffany" technique, as Louis Comfort Tiffany, at the turn of the 20th century, developed this method of bonding large glass artworks so they would not weigh as much as works done with tradtional lead came). We use a variety of techniques and materials to create the borders for our mirrors, including hand-painted kiln-fired 22 karat gold designs, space-age dichroic glass, and colored texturized mirror.
>> How do you get the gold on the glass on your art mirrors?
Using gold on glass is a technique that dates from the time of the Persians, ten centuries ago. We carefully hand paint the liquified 22k gold onto the glass using either a fine tip brush or a special pen with a chamber to hold the liquid. Then the glass is fired in a kiln and allowed to slowly cool; the resultant gold designs are fused permanently into the glass.
>> Our interior is mostly silver & chrome ~ can we get a mirror without any gold or copper patina?
Yes, we frequently make our mirror designs like this for our customers. All you have to do is to contact us to let us know your preferences (you can either call or email) ~ we'll make the mirror exactly as you request.
>> I love your mirror designs but I do not want any embellishments ~ is that possible?
Yes, tell us what you want and that's how we'll make it.
>> Are the mirrors heavy? How do they hang?
They are surprisingly lightweight and can be hung in a matter of minutes ~ even our largest mirrors only weigh a total of about 7 or 8 pounds; the small mirrors weigh only 2 or 3 lbs.
We solder extra-strong copper brackets into the back of the mirror (one on each side), to which we connect twisted-strand wire capable of holding up to 75 lbs. This allows the mirror to hang with a simple picture hook, in the same way you would hang a framed photograph or painting. We include complete instructions.
>> Will the mirror itself deteriorate?
The delicate part of mirror is the silvering on the back. We coat every mirror 4 times with special materials that will protect and seal the silvering for a lifetime of use. All the materials used in our work are of heirloom quality.
>> How do you recommend the mirror be cleaned?
Generally it is best to use a mild cleanser which you spray onto a clean cloth, then gently wipe the mirror. Because our final step is to apply a long lasting high tech polish, you will find you will rarely need to clean one of our mirrors. Our favorite commercially available cleanser is a purple liquid called "Sparkle."
>> Are the mirrors signed?
We engrave our signature on the back of one of the border pieces on each completed mirror.
>> Are the indicated sizes for the entire piece?
Yes ~ the size next to each mirror name is for the entire design (from outer edge to outer edge), not for the central reflective mirror. This is to help you determine if the selection will fit in the space which you have available. Note that since all work is handmade, there may be a slight variation in size from what is published online.
>> What happens if a mirror we ordered just doesn't work in our decor?
You get an unconditional guarantee with our work.
When you order a mirror, if requested we will send you glass samples for your approval ~ this makes it considerably more likely that the colors will work fine. However if there is should be a problem, then call us within 14 days of receipt of the mirror and we will exchange it for one that would be more suitable, or will refund your payment once the mirror is safely shipped back to us. In other words, your satisfaction is guaranteed!
>> Are there a variety of custom color choices for the mirrors?
We are always willing to work with colors that most complement your decor, so if you want something special, just ask. If we can get the glass in that color, we will accommodate your request.
>> Can you vary the size of a mirror ~ either larger or smaller?
Generally no ~ the sizes indicated on the website are the only sizes available.