Making It / Mirror With Cocobolo Hardwood Frame and Clock / Mike Smith

For a long time, I’ve wanted to make a mirror with a clock.  But, drilling a hole in a mirror is beyond my capabilities, and available equipment.

Yesterday, my wife and I were on our way to a nearby restaurant when she noticed a large mirror that someone had left in a junk pile near the street.  It was quite large, and in good condition, so we laid it on the trunk of my Miata and slowly drove back home.  And, it already had holes in it for some decorative purpose.  They weren’t quite large enough for the clock stem, but I was eventually able to file it just enough to make it work.

The mirror had been sold in 1952 for less than $30!


About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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1 Response to Making It / Mirror With Cocobolo Hardwood Frame and Clock / Mike Smith

  1. barbaraelka says:

    I just checked youe etsy and my fav was The “Fish Cleaning Board” clock…and I like this mirror too

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