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Forged iron hand mirror w/ chased aluminum lips
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This is a 3' diameter mirror with a forged iron frame and handle. The back of the mirror is chased aluminum lips.
The forging process is done hot. The iron is heated in the forge to red hot, about 2250 + degrees Fahrenheit or 1250 degrees Celsius. Once it is red hot it is formed over the anvil with a hammer. Nothing about this process has changed much in centuries. We have a lot of new technology, and that is fun, but sometimes old technology is incredibly satisfying.
Chasing is also an ancient process, although, aluminum sheet is a fairly recent development. Chasing is done cold. The flat metal sheet is hammered from both sides until it takes on the desired 3D form, in this case lips. Traditionally, chasing and repousse are done in copper and steel. I happen to have a lot of scrap aluminum so I'm using that.
You can see and feel the work marks in the forged iron and the chased aluminum. I could spend hours getting rid of all those marks, but I like them. They give hand made work character.
Size ~ 11" long x 4 3/4" wide x 1" deep overall -- 3" dia. mirror
Weight ~ 1 lb 7.3 oz. / 663 g
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