the Clytie Convex Mirror

In All, Mirrors by Mark Evans

 

The Clytie convex mirror was a struggle from almost the beginning.  The central glass sunburst looked wonderful and I decided that it should have “rays” that were different from the ones I had done before.  I made a six pound silicone mold and poured resin in varying shades of gold and then I glued plexi spheres to the tips.  So far, so good.

I decided that the most secure way to install the rays was to embed them into the wooden frame using a Forster drill.  First time for this!  These drills leave a recessed round hole in the surface.  It takes a lot of strength and control to use this drill and the outcome was far from perfect.

So I put this project away for a couple of years…..I am now moving my studio and pulled this mirror off the shelf.  More rays couldn’t hurt so I filled the outside of the frame….And you know?  I kind of liked it!

The Crystal Ball convex mirror will not be placed in one of my showrooms because is it so fragile.  If it does go somewhere other than my studio it needs to be placed out of direct sun and high enough on a wall so that it can’t be roughly handled.

The Clytie convex mirror is around 15 inches in diameter. 

Jewelry for walls!

In classical mythology, Clytie was a water nymph, she was the daughter of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. She was the lover of the sun god Helios( Apollo), who eventually deserted her ( being a fickle god!)to pursue Leucothea, daughter of Orchamus. Clytie was enraged and being a total bitch  told Orchamus about the love affair. He sentenced his daughter to death by burying her alive( you’d think he’d be a proud father because his daughter had attracted a god!). Clytie thought that the death of Leucothea would make Helios return back to her( Ha!), but it only made him think even less of her. In the end, Clytie lay herself naked for nine days on the rocks, simply staring at the sun, without drinking or eating anything. On the ninth day, she was transformed into a flower, the heliotrope which turns towards the direction of the sun.

During the Victorian era Clytie was changed not to a heliotrope but a sunflower.  Blame Oscar Wilde.

Clytie Is also called Clytia, Klytia, Klytie.

Thank you GreekMythoogy.com

 

Clytie by Frederic Lord Leighton, circa 1890