Convex mirrors are one of my favourite types of mirror to restore. I've been lucky enough to repair some lovely examples. Here are some of them.

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This convex mirror was damaged in a fall and had been painted over in gold paint. Which had oxidised over time and turned brown.

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A big chunk missing from the frame.

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Frame repaired and re-gilded, the gilding left bright at customers request.

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This convex had worn gilding cracks in the frame and slip. 

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Gold sanded off, repairs to the frame filled with gesso. 

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After the repairs a fill re-gild. balls and rim water gilded and burnished the rest of the frame oil gilded.

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Worn gilding and broken slip.

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The gesso on the balls being sanded smooth.

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The new gilding aged. The slip was repaired and black polish applied.

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A lot of the gesso had fallen off the carved wood eagle and decoration. The white is the new gesso. 

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The repairs where gilded and the new gilding aged to match. 

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An oak leaf convex mirror. Acorns and rim were water gilded and burnished.

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The rest of the frame was oil gilded and then given a light age.

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Customers photo. They had it upside down because the top decoration was missing. Painted over with paint and 2 balls missing.

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Cracks in the frame and covered in old gold paint. 

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Frame repaired. A new eagle and side scrolls added to replace the missing top. 

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All the balls repaired where needed plus 2 new balls. Then water gilded and burnished. 

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Repaired, re-gilded and a light age to the gilding.

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Gilding given a light age.

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Large convex mirror, painted over and bits of missing gesso and cracks in the frame.

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Sanding sections of the frame ready for repairing the gesso. 

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Frame repaired and re-gilded.

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Gilding in need of a clean. Bits of missing decoration at the bottom. 

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Gilding cleaned, replaced the missing rope and leaf decoration. repairs gilded and aged to match. 

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Barley twist convex mirror. Little bit of missing decoration. The decoration had been over gessoed.  Painted over with paint. 

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A test section, removing the over gessoing to get back to the original surface. This is achieved by scraping the over gesso off with a scalpel. 

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Repaired, re-gilded and aged.

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Removing the over gessoing reveals a crisper original decoration. 

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An ornate convex mirror with candle arms. Gilding needed cleaning and a missing section on the top left side scroll replacing.

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All the balls had gesso losses and had to be re-gessoed and water gilded and burnished.

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Gilding cleaned, missing section replaced. All repairs gilded and aged to match.

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All balls repaired and gilding cleaned.

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A plain convex mirror. After paint was removed, which also removes the oil gilding but leaves the water gilding. Balls removed to regessoing and water gilding. 

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Balls repaired, water gilded and burnished. Oil gilding re-gilded.

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A dragon convex mirror. Quite rare to see a dragon rather than an eagle. Removed the paint, sanded and repairs to the missing sections. 

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Saved as much of the original water gilding as posable. Repair to the missing section of the wing. Balls removed for re-gessoing. 

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Repaired and new oil gilding and water gilding where it was needed.

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All balls water gilded and burnished, oil gilding aged to match.