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the Sieglinde convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Sieglinde convex mirror is a classic of mine. Starting with a recycled frame that I gilded with gold metal leaf, I added several layers of Venitian glass rods in straw, pale yellow and amber. The area surrounding the mirror is composed of glass cabochons that I gilded on the back to give them a halo effect. The Sieglinde convex …

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the Hadrian convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Hadrian convex mirror started out with a very plain frame that I gilded with gold and silver metal leaf. The inner section is gold and has a sunburst of straw colored Venetian glass rods. So far so good. I then studded the inner and outer frame with rock crystal points creating a burst of transparent and translucent facets. The …

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the Endymion convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Endymion convex mirror is a classic. After refinishing a frame from the fifties, I gilded it in silver. I then applied layers of clear Venetian glass rods creating an undulating depth; almost like glass lenses distorting the underlying frame. The Endymion convex mirror is about 24 inches in diameter. It resides in my studio pending being shipped to one …

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the Aladdin convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Aladdin convex mirror is composed of a recycled frame that I gilded with gold metal leaf. The surface is covered with a layer of gold, straw and pale amber Venetian glass rods. The curved “leaves” are covered with small pieces of glass like elaborate embroidery. On top of each ray are three resin jewels. Each is backed by gold …

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the Manon convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Manon convex mirror is the best of all worlds. Its large (17 inches diameter) with a heavy gold leafed frame encrusted with a mosaic of gold and pale amber Venetian glass. The surrounding halo consists of forty rock crystal points. This is a mirror of beauty and substance. The Manon mirror is in my studio pending being shipped to …

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the Mazeppa convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Mazeppa convex mirror is composed of two sections, one silver/blue and gold metal leaf. Given the size and depth of the original frame the amount of Venetian glass rods it took to give the lushness and richness I wanted was immense. Originally I was inspired by the gold and slate blue of the roof line of the Cour de …

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the Orbit convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Orbit convex mirror is built on a frame shaped like a bowl. I decided to work with the convex shape of the inner surface by using some of the rock crystal quartz spheres I found in Tucson. They are attached onto the “bowl” surface and surrounded by thin clear Venetian glass rods. The silver metal leaf on the inside …

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the Mesmer Mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Mesmer mirror is a departure for me. The mirror itself is a combination of small glass cabochons backed by a mirror then sealed in colored resin. It sort of looks like the lenses in a fly’s eye. The mirror is surrounded by citrin and jasper spheres. The spokes of the sunburst are lemon and amber quartz topped with citrine …

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the Skadi convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Skadi convex mirror is like a giant snowflake made of silver and crystal. The silver gilded frame “backlights” the crystal spheres and bits of Venetian glass rods. A burst of rays consisting of rock quartz faceted diamonds and spheres create a halo. The large faceted round spheres send out a myriad of shards of light when the sun hits …

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the Dionysus convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Dionysus convex mirror is small but has a great deal of dazzle. I started with a wood frame and gilded it with copper leaf( copper is new for me). Turns out the reddish copper color really enhances the mauves and purples of the amethyst crystals I used. I used amethyst spheres, rough tumbled chips and irregularly faceted nuggets. dark …

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the Pamina mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Pamina mirror is not really a mirror. There is a mirror involved but its backing a large oval cabochon in the middle. A “mirror with no reflection”. I’ve used silver leaf to backlight the layers of Venetian clear glass rods. Some thinner ones in a pale smoke color give depth and shadow to the clear glass. The Pamina mirror …

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the Ginevra convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Ginevra mirror really isn’t a mirror at all. At the center is a mirrored oval cabochon. Sort of a mirror with no reflection. The frame was gilded with gold metal leaf and encrusted with layers of yellow, pale gold and light topaz Venetian glass rods. A separate, raised sunburst surrounds the cabochon. The Ginevra mirror is 12 by 7 …

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the Flamand convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Flamand convex mirror is composed of flourite spikes and beads. I used sardonix and gilded spheres to add contrast the the translucent flourite. A thin rim of Venetian glass finishes the edge of the mirror. The Flamand convex mirror is about 17 inches in diameter. It is being shipped to one of my showrooms soon. Jewelry for walls! Flamand …

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the Solstice convex mirror

In All by Mark Evans

The Solstice convex mirror is all silver and clear Venetian glass rods. The frame is recycled and refinished with silver metal leaf. The silver provides a “back light” to shine and reflect through the layers of clear glass. This mirror took me a long time to produce because it’s shape and size requited a lot of glass. I mean, a …

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the Minerva convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Minerva convex mirror is a study on silver, bronze and crystal. The frame is gilded with silver metal leaf. The frame itself is covered with Venetian glass in pale bronze and clear. Small glass cabochons finish the top of the frame. Surrounding the frame is a corona of rock crystal quartz points. The convex mirror was made by me …

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the Lodestar convex mirror

In All, Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Lodestar convex mirror is all about golden light. The recycled frame was gilded with gold metal leaf and then citrine crystals that were tumbled smooth were added to the inner ring. Venetian glass( clear with a gold leaf interior) bead were added as well as more citrine and tiger-eye beads. The brilliant yellow, gold, striped points creating the “star” …

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the Olympiad convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Olympiad convex mirror is unusual for me in that the scale is, for me, immense. I used a deep oval 19th century frame and used metal leaf on the outside( silver) and on the inner( gold). I then mounted three levels of rock crystal quartz points on the silver. The results are dazzling! But the mirror is heavy! I …

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the Orb convex mirror

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The Orb convex mirror consists of a silver metal gilded frame where the curves of the inside surface are encrusted with clear crystal, glass and polycarbonate spheres and cabochons. But the addition of the natural rock crystal spheres around the perimeter act like the rays of the sun. I must have a thing for spheres! The Orb convex mirror is …

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the Sapphire convex mirror

In All by Mark Evans

The Sapphire convex mirror is one of my oldest ones. It consists of blue glass cabochons and beads with large cast resin “jewels” surrounding the center. I purposely varied the intensity of the blue to represent many of the blue shades sapphires come in. It is a striking piece! This mirror measures about about 14.5 inches in diameter. It resides …

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the Bizet convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Bizet convex mirror is primarily a design using tiger eye mineral, tear drops and spheres. The bronze/golden display is reminiscent of the eye of a cat or a star sapphire; this particular quality is termed chatoyancy. A gilded frame give a back light to the tiger eye and also to the Venetian glass rods and faceted gold, glass beads. …

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the Palanquin assemblage

In Assemblages by Arif

The Palanquin assemblage consist of a miniature 18th century chair sitting on tope of a toy rhinoseros; both have been lacquered blue with gliding on the chair. A wonderful rock crystal point sits on the chair. The crystal has a small transparent face fused to it. Jewelry for your table top! Thank you Wikipedia for the following: A palanquin is a covered …

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the Camelo pardalis assemblage

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The Carmelo pardalis assemblage is a mixed media sculpture using a miniature fauteuil( chair) and a plastic toy giraffe. Both objects have been totally refinished using gold leaf and iridescent glazes. The assemblage is housed in a glass dome. It is about 9 inches high. Jewelry for your table! Giraffes are wild, and exotic animals. The giraffe connotes sexuality, uniqueness, …

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the Osiris Assemblage

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The Osiris assemblage is the result of a life long fascination with ancient Egypt. It is composed of a porcelain crouching figure sitting on a miniature reproduction of Tutankhamun’s( 1341-1323 BC) golden throne( the original discovered by Howard Carter in 1922). It sits on a bed of golden sand strewn with the bits and pieces of Egyptian scarabs and a …

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the Supplicant assemblage

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The Supplicant assemblage is mixed media consisting of a quartz crystal point fused with a gilded ( lower part)figurine. Silver Chinese flowers sprout from between his legs. The construction rests on a large eglomisé silver leafed glass cabochon. Everything is encased in a glass dome. The overall height is around 10 inches. Jewelry for your table! A Supplicant is a …

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the Aphrodite Assemblage

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The Aphrodite assemblage is a mixed media homage to the ancient world. We forget that the pagan world was one filled with cruelty, debauchery and superstition as well as sublime art, architecture and literature. Aphrodite, or Venus, was the goddess of love and fertility. She was also goddess of seafarers and war( Trojan War, for instance). Contradictions are built into …

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the Doge Assemblage

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The Doge assemblage is an example of how one thing spurs inspiration. I bought a miniature chair off the internet and when it arrived I flipped over how it looked like one of those over-the-top Venetian baroque/rococo gilded thrones. Putti rampant, indeed! After giving the chair a more weathered finish I paired it with an old toy from years ago. …

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the Hephaesteon Assemblage

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The Hephaestion assemblage is a mixed media tribute to Alexander the Great's most important lover and friend. It is composed of a quartz crystal tower surmounted by a silvered ball and a gilded figure of a Greek warrior. The base is surrounded by bones evoking the terrible carnage of conquest( no matter how glamorous the leading general)and the extravagant funeral ...
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the Spring Equinox Assemblage

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The Spring Equinox assemblage is a fanciful depiction of an equal split between light and dark that happens to the earth between spring and summer. Made from a split toy ostrich( gold and silver), cast resin jewels and two hunks of resin crystals colored cognac and clear, this mixed media object is a metaphor for one of the earth's timeless ...
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the Bhramani Assemblage

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The Bhramani assemblage is a small world where the wasp is king. A combination of a gilded wasp model, a miniature chair and an Coturnix egg, this assemblage refers to death, power and rebirth. On a lighter note, its an odd, almost comic take on the pomposity of symbols of any kind. An inspiration for this comes from the illustrations …

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Through the Looking Glass

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The Through the Looking Glass assemblage is a riff on the stories of Lewis Carroll( 1832-1898), specially Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Carroll wrote about a fantastical world seen through the eyes of Alice. Children, adults and the artists of the Surrealistic movement(!) found joy and inspiration in his work. My assemblage is composed of a miniature mirror with the back …

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the Sieglinde convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Sieglinde convex mirror is a classic of mine. Starting with a recycled frame that I gilded with gold metal leaf, I added several layers of Venitian glass rods in straw, pale yellow and amber. The area surrounding the mirror is composed of glass cabochons that I gilded on the back to give them a halo effect. The Sieglinde convex …

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the Hadrian convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Hadrian convex mirror started out with a very plain frame that I gilded with gold and silver metal leaf. The inner section is gold and has a sunburst of straw colored Venetian glass rods. So far so good. I then studded the inner and outer frame with rock crystal points creating a burst of transparent and translucent facets. The …

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the Endymion convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Endymion convex mirror is a classic. After refinishing a frame from the fifties, I gilded it in silver. I then applied layers of clear Venetian glass rods creating an undulating depth; almost like glass lenses distorting the underlying frame. The Endymion convex mirror is about 24 inches in diameter. It resides in my studio pending being shipped to one …

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the Aladdin convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Aladdin convex mirror is composed of a recycled frame that I gilded with gold metal leaf. The surface is covered with a layer of gold, straw and pale amber Venetian glass rods. The curved “leaves” are covered with small pieces of glass like elaborate embroidery. On top of each ray are three resin jewels. Each is backed by gold …

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the Manon convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Manon convex mirror is the best of all worlds. Its large (17 inches diameter) with a heavy gold leafed frame encrusted with a mosaic of gold and pale amber Venetian glass. The surrounding halo consists of forty rock crystal points. This is a mirror of beauty and substance. The Manon mirror is in my studio pending being shipped to …

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the Mazeppa convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Mazeppa convex mirror is composed of two sections, one silver/blue and gold metal leaf. Given the size and depth of the original frame the amount of Venetian glass rods it took to give the lushness and richness I wanted was immense. Originally I was inspired by the gold and slate blue of the roof line of the Cour de …

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the Orbit convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Orbit convex mirror is built on a frame shaped like a bowl. I decided to work with the convex shape of the inner surface by using some of the rock crystal quartz spheres I found in Tucson. They are attached onto the “bowl” surface and surrounded by thin clear Venetian glass rods. The silver metal leaf on the inside …

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the Mesmer Mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Mesmer mirror is a departure for me. The mirror itself is a combination of small glass cabochons backed by a mirror then sealed in colored resin. It sort of looks like the lenses in a fly’s eye. The mirror is surrounded by citrin and jasper spheres. The spokes of the sunburst are lemon and amber quartz topped with citrine …

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the Skadi convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Skadi convex mirror is like a giant snowflake made of silver and crystal. The silver gilded frame “backlights” the crystal spheres and bits of Venetian glass rods. A burst of rays consisting of rock quartz faceted diamonds and spheres create a halo. The large faceted round spheres send out a myriad of shards of light when the sun hits …

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the Dionysus convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Dionysus convex mirror is small but has a great deal of dazzle. I started with a wood frame and gilded it with copper leaf( copper is new for me). Turns out the reddish copper color really enhances the mauves and purples of the amethyst crystals I used. I used amethyst spheres, rough tumbled chips and irregularly faceted nuggets. dark …

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the Pamina mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Pamina mirror is not really a mirror. There is a mirror involved but its backing a large oval cabochon in the middle. A “mirror with no reflection”. I’ve used silver leaf to backlight the layers of Venetian clear glass rods. Some thinner ones in a pale smoke color give depth and shadow to the clear glass. The Pamina mirror …

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the Ginevra convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Ginevra mirror really isn’t a mirror at all. At the center is a mirrored oval cabochon. Sort of a mirror with no reflection. The frame was gilded with gold metal leaf and encrusted with layers of yellow, pale gold and light topaz Venetian glass rods. A separate, raised sunburst surrounds the cabochon. The Ginevra mirror is 12 by 7 …

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the Flamand convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Flamand convex mirror is composed of flourite spikes and beads. I used sardonix and gilded spheres to add contrast the the translucent flourite. A thin rim of Venetian glass finishes the edge of the mirror. The Flamand convex mirror is about 17 inches in diameter. It is being shipped to one of my showrooms soon. Jewelry for walls! Flamand …

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the Minerva convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Minerva convex mirror is a study on silver, bronze and crystal. The frame is gilded with silver metal leaf. The frame itself is covered with Venetian glass in pale bronze and clear. Small glass cabochons finish the top of the frame. Surrounding the frame is a corona of rock crystal quartz points. The convex mirror was made by me …

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the Lodestar convex mirror

In All, Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Lodestar convex mirror is all about golden light. The recycled frame was gilded with gold metal leaf and then citrine crystals that were tumbled smooth were added to the inner ring. Venetian glass( clear with a gold leaf interior) bead were added as well as more citrine and tiger-eye beads. The brilliant yellow, gold, striped points creating the “star” …

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the Olympiad convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Olympiad convex mirror is unusual for me in that the scale is, for me, immense. I used a deep oval 19th century frame and used metal leaf on the outside( silver) and on the inner( gold). I then mounted three levels of rock crystal quartz points on the silver. The results are dazzling! But the mirror is heavy! I …

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the Bizet convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Bizet convex mirror is primarily a design using tiger eye mineral, tear drops and spheres. The bronze/golden display is reminiscent of the eye of a cat or a star sapphire; this particular quality is termed chatoyancy. A gilded frame give a back light to the tiger eye and also to the Venetian glass rods and faceted gold, glass beads. …

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the Calypso convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Calypso convex mirror is a deep oval. I silver metal gilded it first. Then I layered on clear and pale gray/aqua transparent Venetian glass rods. I waited till I could go back to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show and found a dealer who sold handmade, recycled glass beads. The beads were enormous! After I got back to my …

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the Argonautica convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Argonautica convex mirror is made of a custom carved wood frame that is lacquered in black and metallic bronze. The top of the frame surrounding the mirror is layered with mica slivers mixed with pyrite dust. The “rays” are pyrite obelisks and the pyramids at the center are also pyrite. It took my almost a year to find the …

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the Diane de Poitiers convex mirror

In Mirrors by Arif

The Diane de Poitiers convex mirror is my first black and white design. It consists of rough selenite spheres and smaller calcite and rock crystal spheres. The spikes are lacquered white. The inner rim of the mirror is embellished with Venetian glass. The Diane de Poitiers mirror is about 20 inches in diameter. It is in my studio pending being …

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