Thursday, February 17, 2011

Silver Sunburst

Last week one of my local thrift stores had boxes (and boxes) of mismatched silverware for 50 cents apiece.
I stood in the store picking out knives and placing them in a circle on the table.  I got some strange looks from some of the other shoppers but I was trying to decide how many knives I needed to create this sunburst mirror.
I already had the vintage beveled mirror for this project.
The silver rim on the mirror was a perfect match to the silver handles of the knives.
There were very few steps to creating this piece.
I turned the mirror over and began gluing the knife blades on the back.  I placed a weighted cup on top of the blades while the glue was drying to keep the blades from shifting.
Once the first knives were secure I glued the remainder of the knives in place.
I let this dry for several hours to insure everything was secure.  
My original plan was to hang the mirror on the wall but it is pretty heavy and I haven't come up with a good way to hang it yet.  
So, in the meantime I'm using it as part of a centerpiece on my dining room table.

It's Friday and that means it's Vintage Inspiration Friday with Deb @ Common Grounds
Junkin Finds Friday with Linda @ A La Carte
Hop on over and check out the great projects being linked.

Have a wonderful weekend.



  1. Crap! Now it'll be even harder to find silver silverware at the thrift stores. This is so beautiful!

  2. Jane,
    This is just awesome! How creative you are!

  3. I absolutely LOVE this. You are so creative and this one is at the very top of your wonderful creations. It looks beautiful on the table and I am sure will look beautiful on the wall too. What a great idea. I am sure you have started a new trend! Lori L

  4. Jane, you always come up with the most creative ideas. That is great.

  5. I love this idea and I would keep it as a centerpiece...with the knives it is perfect!

  6. This is such an amazing creation! I love the silver knives around the mirror. It looks great on the table. Thanks for joining JFF this week. hugs, Linda

  7. This is the best starburst I have ever seen! Why can't I find some of these. I have been looking for cheap spoons for a project. Fantastic idea!

  8. Now that is an original idea! Gorgeous and ingenious! I am looking for some knives also only I need them to eat with LOL I bet people at the store thought you were doing some kind of Ouiji board!


  9. That is GENIUS!! I am not a fan of sunburst mirrors, but I do LOVE silverware!! What a fabulous interpretation!!Thanks for sharing!

  10. You may want to hang it but I think it looks perfect on the table, just the way you have it.

  11. Jane that is so very clever. I love the look of it. I like it as a centerpiece...very cool. XO

  12. That is fabulous! I love it!

  13. that is too fun.
    Ya know our thrift stores only have and abundance of knives...never spoons or forks but knives for days.
    How strange is that.
    You would be in heaven, I believe they are only 25 cents each here.

  14. Jane, you continually amaze! What a clever idea. It is lovely! Wish I could shop your thrift store. 50 cents a piece! ~ Sarah

  15. You have the most unique ideas!! I think you are an inventor...innovator...something special!!

  16. Jane, this is yet another fabulous project...I really do want to buy your book! You think in a very creative, original way!

  17. Jane -
    I LOVE this! What a fantastic idea! You always havea the most creative, inspirational, awesome ideas!!

  18. that looks so pretty on the table...who cares if it's too heavy to hang?
    Very nice!


  19. This weekend thrift stores across the country will wonder why there is a run on vintage knives! lol

    they can thank you : D


  20. You have the most amazing sources for your junkin expeditions, wish I could come along with you one day.
    The mirror/centrepiece is fabulous, you are so creative.
    I've never seen anything like it before and I imagine lots of people will follow your lead on this one!

  21. I love it Jane! What a fun centerpiece-enjoy:@)

  22. What a great idea - so creative! Love it as a centerpiece!

  23. What a great find!!! I love vintage silverware and I love your unique idea for using it. I just posted about my vintage silverware which I got at Scott's Antique Market last month when it was in town. They are back in town this weekend and I was hoping to find more tomorrow, but I paid $1 for each piece, so yours is a real deal.

  24. That is lovely, Jane! I love the details on the knife handles and what a great way to show them off. I even like it as you have it on your table.

  25. How fun is that, I love silver pieces. 50 cents a piece, now an adorable mirror. One of a kind.

  26. Wow! I want your brain!! Can I borrow it sometime? Awesome idea and beautiful mirror.

  27. This is great! all the different styles of handles...well done

  28. What a great piece of art. You really have an eye for creating the unique! Come link it up at my Wednesday Share the Love party--it's open til Saturday and I'd love to have this great post included!

  29. Absolutely gorgeous! Old flatware is always on my list and I buy it whenever I see it. I really like it on the table, but it would look so good on the wall too. I'll bet it weighs a ton. Great job!!

  30. Jane Jane Jane!!!!!!!
    I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!
    You are so amazing!!!!!!!

  31. oh, its amazing, I need just alittle part of your brain, where all the creativness is!!!!! you always find the best treasures and come up with one of a kind ideas!!!!

  32. What a clever idea Jane! It looks fabulous! Although you want to hang it, it really does look great as a centerpiece.

    ~ Tracy

  33. Awesome sunburst mirror!! Love it!!


  34. I am going to start collecting vintage knives :)

    This turned out beautifully!

  35. OK Jane, this is soooo cool! Love the idea of the sunburst. If you do come up with a way to hang it, it will be incredible!!
    Always love when you link up with VIF!

  36. What a Fun take on a sunburst mirror! I guess I should just get used to your amazing inspirations. I think what you make is great and can't be topped then you post a new project and I am awe struck again!

  37. Jane I just keep repeating myself amaze me with all your ideas. This is unbelievable! I would have ever been able to see this, and that is why I love your blog. It makes me try harder to look outside the box.

    I loved the shelf you created in the post before this too. And I am crushin' on that bowl you placed on it! Just the perfect crackling, browning patina that we love so much!

    sending hugs

  38. Country Living Magazine is going to be knocking on your day any day now. This is the kind of thing they LOVE to put in their magazine! Such a clever idea!!

  39. All I can say is TOO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! Terri

  40. That's a really fun project! Could you hang it with a plate hanger? I guess it would have to be a heavy duty one!

  41. Hi Jane...

    I seen your note over at Maggie's and decided to pop over to say hello! It has been such a long time since we have visited, my friend! I see that you are still just as busy as ever...creating! I love your vintage sunburst mirror! I would have never thought to use silver's fabulous! I love how it turned out! I also think it looks gorgeous as a table centerpiece...your white teapot full of pretty roses just looks stunning! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us once again, dear lady! You never seize to amaze me!

    Stop by for a visit sometime!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  42. Jane,
    This is creative and pretty beyond words.

    Love it!


  43. OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!! I swear everytime I come here I am sitting here thinking just that! You my friend are a creative genius, you never cease to amaze me. truly. That is so beautiful, I hope you can come up with a way to hang it... I'm sure you can, maybe a security piece of wood on the wall first? I don't know, I'm not an expert, I just want to see that piece of art hung on the wall! Love it! Theresa xoxo

  44. Jane,
    You continue to amaze! Where do you come up with all of these fantastic ideas? Every Goodwill in America is going to run out of vintage silverplate knives this weekend!
    Cheryl at My Sister's Cottage

  45. This is fantastic! What a wonderful conversation piece for your dining room table!

  46. Well, if it never makes it to the wall, it is a wonderful centerpiece. 50 cents. You got a steal. I just saw on another blog something made from spoons. Guess I need to go on a thrift quest for silverware.

  47. Rats! Wish I'd seen this while I still lived in Germany. (Or that I was as clever as you!) The flea markets always have loads of mismatched silverware. Where I live now, can't imagine finding real silverware at a thrift store. Anyway, love your site, love your creativity!

  48. I just cannot figure out why you aren't in every magazine...or have your own show on HGTV! You're amazing!

    m ^..^

  49. Janie - I love that silver sunburst soooo much. How did you ever think of that? I think it looks beautiful on your table but think it would look really neat hung as well. Just love it!
    Susie from Des Moines

  50. I'm with Susie from Des Moines! LOVE it!

  51. Seriously Jane....S-E-R-I-O-U-S-L-Y you put me to shame....Each & EVERY time I come here I find you've created MAGIC....I only WISH my brain was wired as creatively....!!

    I LOVE this project....!

    Tamarah :o)

  52. This really may be my favorite sunburst anything I have seen - such a great idea. LOVE it. I am a new follower too!
    504 Main

  53. hi love the piece!
    what kind of glue did you use on this?
    did you ever figure out a way to hang it?
    e mail me back would ya? i would really love to try making one of these . . .

    trebeca04 (at) yahoo (dot) com


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