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Makerly – Sunburst Mirror

I’m so close to being all caught up with my craft boxes after having a break in the summer when the weather was so hot that all I could do was lie on the sofa! I only have a few August boxes left before the September boxes start arriving in the post, one of which is the sunburst mirror kit from Makerly (https://www.makerlycrafts.com/).

Included in the box was:

  • Round mirror
  • Rattan sticks
  • Raffia
  • Glue
  • Elastic bands
  • Rattan decorations

There were instructions for two different designs of sunburst mirror included on the instruction sheet. I thought it was laid out a lot better than the booklet for the Temari balls, and it was really easy to follow this time. I particularly liked the historical note about King Louis XIV, the ‘Sun King’, inspiring the trend for the sunburst motif on furniture and architecture during his reign. I really like to have an understanding and explanation of the crafts I’m making as I think it makes you feel more connected to them.

I decided to go for design two as I wanted to try out the extra technique of soaking and bending the rattan sticks. This is obviously more time consuming as you have to soak the sticks in order to bend them, then soak them in their final shape and then dry them before they can be used. This does however give the glue time to dry on the first lot of sticks you attach to the mirror.

Attaching the bent sticks I found quite tricky as they didn’t want to stay in place and I had to hold each one for quite a while whilst the glue dried to avoid them popping up. A couple of them even caused the straight sticks to move out of place and I had to do a bit of a fixing, which unfortunately lead to me getting glue on the main part of the mirror in my bid to reattach all the sticks and hold them down without also getting my fingers stuck to them too! I’ve read that vinegar is good for getting glue off plastic so I’ll have to give it a try.

The final step was to weave around the outside with the natural raffia. I really enjoyed this part. It was easy to do and gave such a nice finish to the mirror. If I’d had more materials I think I would have liked to do design one as well with just straight sticks as I could have done more weaving. Lastly I added a little raffia hook to the back.

Also included in the box were the plastic rattan decorations. I’m not really sure what to do with them and there aren’t any suggestions on the instruction sheet, but some of them look like they would make good earrings so perhaps I’ll find some ear wires and do a bit of jewellery making!

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