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Post by bemusedart on Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:57 am

I had a nifty standard hand mirror for the kids to see what I painted. I loved it, because as soon as I held it up they would get this huge smile that made it perfect. But I dropped it and it broke.
Any suggestions on either finding a non-breakable mirror or arranging a mirror so that it doesn't fall on the concrete?
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Post by bee on Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:51 am

silly farm sell acrylic ones

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Post by fesspenter on Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:05 am

Here in Toronto, we have a science store called "Efton's". They sell 10" x 12" acrylic mirrors for about $25. The next time I get out to that part of town, I will pick one up.

After cutting myself a few weeks ago on broken mirror pieces in my FatMax... I bought an unbreakable locker mirror from Staples.

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Post by PerfectlyPaintedFaces on Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:29 am

I've only ever used dollar store mirrors and I've never broke one! If they fall mirror-side down, there's a plastic lip around the whole mirror so it doesn't actually touch the ground. That's probably what keeps them from breaking!
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Post by Guest on Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:37 am

I get dollar store mirrors too... and then cover them with fibre tape or duct tape to hold the glass in case of breakage. Also use acrylic locker mirrors on my display boards.

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Post by Miss Ronnie on Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:02 am

I store my dollar store mirrors in "Maxine" and keep them inside a bubble wrap bag that some face painting supplies from somewhere (??) came in. The mirrors fit in these bags perfectly... wish i could remember what was shipped in them...
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Post by SuzySparkles on Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:10 am

dollar store mirrors here as well....

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Post by bemusedart on Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:43 pm

I will have to check out the local dollar stores and maybe office supply for some locker mirrors.
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Post by Noella on Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:44 pm

Dollar store mirrors here as well - I made a cardboard pocket that's taped to the (in)side of my transport box that it slides into for packing, and I have a string on them so they fasten to my (working) shelves so they can't hit the ground or walk away. It lets the mirror be shown to the person in the chair, or a person who has gotten out and is standing beside while the next person is being done - but I can always find the mirror when I want - the string is in arms reach.
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Post by JJJJJ on Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:54 pm

IKEA sells two terrific acrylic unbreakable mirrors. One is smaller, and the other is a more full-length mirror that has a friendly stuffed animal attached (it's either a dinosaur or alligator - I forget). I'm going to have both at my booth this year. You can probably order them online.

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Post by bemusedart on Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:53 pm

I had forgotten about IKEA. My daughter used to have a cool over the door organizer that had a mirror on it as well as lots of pockets and a hamper. I wonder what happened to that thing. I would have been perfect to go over one of my display walls and used the hamper for a trash can.
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Post by artyfacesbyluz on Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:27 pm

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Post by CottonKandyClown on Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:13 pm

I have a large mirror with a handle I keep upside down(handle up) in the bottom of my FatMax. I just reach for it, show the child their face and place it back into my FatMax. I only had one person break my mirror. She was a girl probably in her 20s looking at my mirror. She put it under the side of her butt cheek in my chair and broke it tongue Not a big deal since it was just a few dollars and was replaced before the next weekend gig Smile
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Post by JJJJJ on Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:16 pm

I found a GREAT mirror for just four bucks in a variety store this summer. Big large oval, bright blue, large grip handle. At a party, I placed it on my chair after showing a kid his face. I was standing to paint, then sat back down, and ...

I don't believe about the seven years' bad luck - this was my second mirror in a few months!

I'm getting some acrylics really soon.

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Re: Breaking Mirrors

Post by anniel on Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:05 am

Goodwill is a good spot sometimes too...
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Post by LoriSamson on Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:18 am

I need one of those laughing mirrors for the younger boys. They look into the mirror and just stare the longest without expression. It cracks me up that they will show no emotion, yet the little girls will gasp with delight. If I whipped out that laughing mirror... well, maybe I could get a smile out of them.
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