A lot of times I’ll start a project with one vision in mind, and end up with something completely different. This is exactly what happened last night.
I love sunbursts in just about any shape or form, from traditional to modern, mirror to bamboo. So I’ve been wanting to make one, but was just waiting for inspiration.
I found it in this project by Stephanie Lynn…
No, I haven’t gone completely insane. I’m aware that that’s not a sunburst mirror. What inspired me was the material she used for that project. Wood shims…that’s brilliant! I never would have thought of using wood shims for anything decorative.
So that’s the material I decided to use for my sunburst. The design I had in mind went something like this…
First, I used two of these wood wreath forms from Michael’s…
And then I picked up several packages of wood shims at Home Depot.
Using my hot glue gun, I started gluing the shim on in a sunburst shape.
The idea was to keep adding layers until I was satisfied with the look. The shims for each new layer would have to be shortened by about 1″ with my miter saw.
So I counted the number I needed for the next layer and stacked them together to take outside to cut.
When I looked at the shims stacked like that, with all of the thick ends together and the thin ends together so that they naturally form a curve, it hit me. THERE’S my sunburst!. So I started experimenting with different shapes. I settled on this one, and glued them together.
I continued gluing them together in groups of six, and forming a circle with them.
I love this so much more than my original design!! But because this design takes far more shims, I only had enough to get a little over half of my sunburst finished.
Honestly, I’m not even sure how I’m going to finish this out. I definitely want to cut the middle parts to make a cleaner circle, then perhaps I’ll add a mirror…or not.
I just don’t know, but I’m pretty sure I’ll love it when it’s finished!
Edit: For Part 2, and the finished sunburst mirror, click here.
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