- Amy Howard at Home® Antique Mirror Stripper™
- Amy Howard at Home® Antique Mirror Solution™
- Amy Howard at Home® Stencil in Greek Key™
- Amy Howard At Home® One Step Paint™ in Black
- Amy Howard At Home® Mica Powders™
- Real silver mirror (Made in USA is a must! Many overseas mirrors are not real silver, ergo, the process will not work!)
- Shellac – (We like to use the Bullseye Traditional Finish & Sealer in Amber)
- 2 Sponge Brushes/Rollers
- 1”-1.5” China Bristle Brush for each Micah Powder (3 total)
- Multiple Lint-Free Rags
- Amy Howard at Home® Clean Slate™
- Water Tubs
- Brown Craft Paper
- Small Mister Bottle
- Stripping Gloves
- Safety Goggles
- Putty Knife
Find a well-ventilated area for working. Also, you will need a water source for rinsing mirror during antiquing process. Work area should be protected by plastic tarp, or some area which will not be damaged by Mirror Stripper. Temperature must be between 70-80°F for optimal processing conditions.
1. Place mirror face down on a non-abrasive surface.
2. Put on safety goggles and appropriate gloves to protect body from the Amy Howard at Home® Antique Mirror Stripper™.
3. Shake the Amy Howard at Home® Antique Mirror Stripper™ very well and apply a nice, even coat of the product to the paint on back of mirror. Using sponge brush or paint roller, promptly roll out stripper until coverage is even.
4. As chemical reaction is achieved, backing paint will begin to bubble up and it will be ready to remove when all the backing paint has bubbled up. *This can take up to 10 minutes.
5. If there certain areas are not bubbling, apply more Amy Howard at Home® Antique Mirror Stripper™ to those areas, and agitate with a foam brush. *The stripper will eat through the foam brush so you will need to work quickly.
6. Take a piece of kraft paper, slightly larger than mirror, and lay it on the bubbled mirror backing paint and lightly smooth it out – holding with one hand while smoothing with the other.
7. Slowly lift the kraft paper away from you. The backing paint will affix itself to the kraft paper and lift up with it. *The mirror’s actual silver is now exposed. Be very careful not to scratch the silver during the following processes.
8. Once the backing paint is removed, apply a light, second coat of Amy Howard at Home® Antique Mirror Stripper™ to remove the copper color and texture left behind after removing the kraft paper. *Work quickly, but take care to not scratch silver while using a foam brush.
9. Apply Amy Howard at Home® Clean Slate™ to mirror prior to rinsing. This aids in the removal of the excess Amy Howard At Home® Antique Mirror Stripper™.
10. Use water to rinse the stripper from mirror. Use T-Shirt rag to help remove any remaining Amy Howard at Home® Antique Mirror Stripper™. Do not use paper towels, as they can be too rough. *You can use a plastic container filled with water, or even rinse with a water hose if in an area where water can run off and stripper will not run into ground water (as on a concrete area where product would be evaporated).
11. Use T-Shirt rag to help remove any remaining Amy Howard at Home® Antique Mirror Stripper™. *Do not use paper towels, as they can be too rough.
12. Shake Amy Howard at Home® Antique Mirror Solution™ very well, and pour into a small plastic container or styrofoam bowl. *Working atop white paper will help you see this better.
13. Moderately saturate T-shirt rag with the Amy Howard at Home® Antique Mirror Solution™.
14. Apply over entire piece by patting and pouncing the rag in a randomized, organic pattern. *Do not use an organized, specific pattern.
15. Once you have covered all of the silver with the rag, apply solution from bottle in small “S” patterns and small circles.
16. After a few minutes, the mirror’s silver will begin to turn black. You can lift up your mirror to look at the other side to see how the process is progressing. *Again, working atop white paper may help you see this better.
17. Continue to apply more Amy Howard at Home® Antique Mirror Solution™ to promote the antiquing process. Eventually solution will begin to wear away silver and expose glass. Continue checking the front of the mirror to see desired effect. This process can take up to 30 minutes, but is dependent on environmental temperature (the warmer the work area, the faster the process). *For a darker antique mirror, continue application of solution.
18. When mirror has reached desired effect, rinse off the Amy Howard at Home® Antique Mirror Solution™ with water and allow to dry.
19. When completely dry, apply Greek Key stencil to back of mirror. Burnish with putty knife to ensure stencil’s adhesion to the glass.
20. Using a mister bottle filled with Amy Howard at Home® Antique Mirror Solution™, spray until the back of mirror is saturated. Allow to sit 5 minutes.
21. Check front side of the mirror to see Greek Key design beginning to show through. Continue to saturate with the spray mister until design comes through to desired translucency. May repeat 3-4 times until design to shows through to your liking.
22. Once Greek Key design shows through, use your finger through a dry T-shirt rag to manually expose selected areas in order to remove silver to taste.
23. Once pattern is to taste, rinse with water to stop the solution process from reacting. Allow to dry.
24. Remove stencil. *It will be easiest to pull stencil away from you.
25. Using china bristle brush, lightly saturate brush with shellac, then desired micah powder color.
26. Pounce and stipple areas where glass has been exposed. Continue to check front side to assess how much to add to taste. *PRO TIP – May use multiple micah powders to create interesting color combinations.
27. Allow to dry up to 30 min.
28. Using a paint roller, apply two thin coats of black Amy Howard At Home® One Step Paint™ on the silver side. *PRO TIP – Black is the best color for this to pop micah color(s), but one can use other paint colors to achieve different effects.
29. Now you get to “Enjoy the Bragging Rights!”