the Danube convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Danube convex mirror started life as a nicely shaped hard plastic sunburst. I filled the back cavity with clear resin to give the frame some heft and solidity.I lacquered the frame black and then proceeded to load each of the rays with gray/teal and blue Venetian glass rods. A small wood round frame anchors the center mirror.

I have been collecting a variety of African recycled glass beads. Each bead is unique in its opaque roughness but when coated with clear resin they become like jewels. They tip the large rays as well as the inner frame. I like how the roughness of the beads contrasts with the studied perfection of the frame and glass rods.

The Danube convex mirror measures about 12.5 inches in diameter. It will be shipped to one of my showrooms soon.

Jewelry for Walls!

Bowes, Josephine; Souvenir of the Danube, View in Hungary; The Bowes Museum;

The Danube convex mirror is named for the famous river in Europe, the Danube. It is the second longest river in Europe. Its influence in history is monumental. A source of water for millions of people, shipping, fishing, farming and pleasure, the Danube has even inspired music. The Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss II( composed in 1867) is the most famous.

A silhouette of Strauss by Otto Bohler