July 28, 2014

Sunburst Stand Tutorial

I love sun burst mirrors!  In fact, my very first post way back in 2009, was "I Finally Got a Sunburst Mirror".   Imagine my delight when I first saw this gorgeous Gilt Sunburst accessory in the Wisteria catalog.

 I am seriously crushing on this beauty

It is large - 22.75"w x 10"d x 31.5"h
and probably worth every penny of the $279.00 price tag
too large for my need and too expensive for my wallet!

I want the feel of this but not so big  - still on a stand but a little shorter and smaller.
I need something that I can use behind a low vignette to visually add dimension and height.  
Inspiration was not very  forthcoming with this project so the idea had settled into the crevices of my mind and I had moved on to other things.   Last week I was browsing  Ballard  Designs website checking the sale section when I saw this:
 Suzanne Kasler Sunburst Tree Topper

was perfect for my project. 
$69.99 on sale for $19.99.  WHAT???
So, into my shopping cart it went -

Venetian Star Ornament
- along with a few of these Venetian star ornaments
$12.50 each on sale for $4.99 each!
My box of Ballard goodies arrived and I got to work ASAP

 My supply list:
Suzanne Kasler Sunburst Tree Topper (remove tree top attachment)
Venetian Star Ornament
Wooden Base (mine was base to a broken seashell stand)
1" wooden dowel
dark brown acrylic paint
Baroque Art Gilding Paste - Antique Gold
hot glue gun

Drill a larger hole in the base to fit the dowel  (you can purchase raw wood bases)
Paint dowel rod and base dark brown. 
Use gilding paste to add gold to dowel rod and the base
Tone down the gold finish on the Sunburst tree topper with brown paint
Glue dowel rod into base
Glue star ornament to the front of the sunburst tree topper
Fit a sunburst ray onto the dowel rod and glue in place.
- time to have fun -
Just what I needed to 'fill in' areas


I am going to make another one just like this one so that I can use them on each end of the mantle  at Christmas.  
Hope your week is lovely and creative!
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  1. Oh this is beautiful! It looks lovely being used on top of your beautiful chest.
    Mary Alice

  2. It's beautiful, what a great idea! Thanks for the "how to". Love it!!

    1. Thank Leda. We should start a monthly craft day!

  3. so clever! Love everything you do!

    1. Robyn, you are so sweet to say that. Wish I had a fraction of your creativity girlfriend!

  4. I love this, what a fabulous idea and it looks amazing in your vignette. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  5. Love it Rhonda! It turned out great and now I have a few goodies in my BD cart!;)

    1. Pamela, it also looked good without gluing the smaller mirror on top of the large one. I used hot glue because I knew that I could pop it off and use them separately later - broke the tiny little mirror glass so now it's sort of permanent!

  6. Rhonda, This is very creative and I love your sun burst mirror. The Santos is wonderful too!

  7. Rhonda, love your creations. Put your mind to it and some creativity and off you go.

  8. Rhonda,
    Such a beautiful mirror and thanks for sharing it at my party. It will be featured at the party on Monday.



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