Mexican Mirrors(24 items)
Discover NOVICA's Mexican Mirrors Collection. Our handcrafted traditional and contemporary-style mirrors showcase the diversity of Mexico's artisans. Ranging from hand-carved colonial frames to pierced tin and intricate inlaid mosaics, you will find the perfect mirror to complement any decorating style.
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Different types of mirrors require different cleaning techniques. Gilded mirrors, for example especially vintage pieces may oxidize with the use of cleaning products or water, so it is best to simply and lightly dust their frame with a clean, soft cloth or brush. Most other styles have a frame that can be cleaned with a paper towel or soft, damp cloth. Glass and mirror cleaner is okay for the mirror itself, but we recommend spraying it onto the cloth first and not directly onto the mirror, as dripping chemicals stuck in the frame may cause damage over time. Be sure to dry the mirror when you are finished cleaning by wiping away any leftover moisture or cleaners.A well-ventilated area assists in keeping the mirror dry, and we recommend hanging your mirror in an area where it can be admired without the risk of nicks, wall leaks, or other issues.
Absolutely! Depending on the styles that suit your design needs, our mirrors are versatile, fun, and can be placed in a variety of spaces. You might even want two mirrors on perpendicular walls for greater perspective. Handcrafted mirrors show a natural diversity and uniqueness, so there is truly something for everyone.
There are a few simple ways to tell if your mirror is handmade. If you look closely, youll notice unique lines, markings, or painted stylized details that indicate that it is a one-of-a-kind piece. Mirrors made of wood typically display distinctive and intricate engraving, while painted mirrors often reveal unique brushstrokes, colors, and designs. Shapes and sizes of a particular motif may vary slightly, as no two handcrafted mirrors are exactly identical. This makes them all the more special.
A classic Mexican folk art is embossed tin, and this is often employed in mirror frames. In Thailand, the lavish lai rot nam technique ornate gilded motifs on smooth black lacquer has been used for more than 400 years. Balinese woodcarvers use their legendary skills to handcraft mirrors whose frames often depict the island's exuberant flora and fauna.The technique of reverse-painted glass is believed to have originated around 4 AD in Egypt, and arrived in Italy by the 13th century. In the 16th century, Italian and Spanish artisans were migrating to Peru, bringing the technique with them. Motifs are painted by hand on the reverse side of glass panes. These are inlaid into a wooden frame, achieving a wonderful clarity of colors.In addition, beautiful Peruvian baroque wall mirrors are handcrafted in the Andes. They are carved by hand and covered with aluminum or bronze leaf before they receive an aged patina. See how theyre made here: https://bit.ly/3r3DxTp
As with most handicrafts, the materials at hand are the ones most often used. Woods of all kinds with sleek surfaces to show off the grain, or carved by hand, or embellished with applications. Glass panes, gilt, natural fibers or fabrics are also perfect for mirrors, as are tooled leather or metal repousse, ceramic tiles, stone, resin or papier mache. Artisans the world over discover unique materials to craft innovative and attractive mirrors.
Wall mirrors and hand mirrors are perfect for artisans, as are tabletop mirrors. In fact, any mirror with a frame invites an infinity of creative designs and techniques.
Featured Reviews on Mexican Mirrors
Im so happy with this item. The mirror is unique in every way. I saw several in a Oaxacan restaurant and found this one online. Also the packaging was extremely thoughtful shipping from another country. The mirror was received intact thanks to the care in packaging.
Great conversation piece!
I love this mirror! Its such a fun piece to add to our wall. Beautiful painting and craftsmanship, thank you!
Creative Hands of Oaxaca Handcrafted jewelry and decor accents
"Most of the members of Creative Hands of Oaxaca have learned our art from our parents. This is the legacy they have given us."
"We are a collective with the primary goal of helping talented artisans grow, and have worked with you since autumn of 2018. During this time, we've learned a lot about how to improve, especially when it comes to the images we portray in our jewelry and decor... read more
Popular Mexican Mirrors
Embossed Tin Cat-themed Wall Mirror from Mexico, "Kitty Cat Looking Glass"$47.99
This adorable cat mirror will make a fantastic addition to any child's bedroom or add a very fun touch to your gallery wall. The artisans from the Creative Hands of Oaxaca handcraft it from embossed tin and decorate it with floral designs in a bright palette of royal blue, gold, deep red, magenta, and avocado green.
The art of embossing metal — known as repoussé — made its way into Mexico by way of Spain. It currently enjoys tremendous popularity in Mexican handicrafts and shows up on a wide variety of decorative and religious pieces. The Creative Hands of Oaxaca is a collective that brings together artisans from a multitude of disciplines to provide its members with financial support and access to better business opportunities.
Handcrafted Glass Mosaic Circular Wall Mirror (31 Inch), "Earth and Sun"$469.99
Evoking radiant sunbeams on the fertile earth, artisans from Vidri Arte craft a circular wall mirror. The wrought iron frame is covered by a mosaic of colored glass, each piece mounted one by one on a glass base.
Because each piece is individually crafted, each is absolutely unique. The motifs may differ slightly from those pictured and the size could vary by as much as +/- 2 cm.
Colorful Toucan Tin Wall Mirror from Mexico, "Gleaming Toucan"$49.99
Handcrafted of tin and colored with vibrant pigments, a multicolored toucan gleams in this wall mirror from Mexico. This beautiful creature holds a mirror on its breast. Promoting traditional handicrafts, members of the Creative Hands of Oaxaca craft this mirror in repoussé.