There is a bit of damage to the frame work on mirror two:
But fortunately, it's a paired set, so we have mirror one to make a mold and create a new piece!
With that in mind I set out to find an appropriate molding compound-- one that wouldn't stick to the frame work, and would a clean mold with a great capacity for detail. There was only *one* option between the three stores that I visited (Home Depot, JoAnns, and Michaels) InstaMold:
I followed the directions for a "strong" mold and ended up with this:
Lumpy mess. Can't make a mold with a lumpy mess.
Tried again with the recipe for an average mold:
Better! made two molds, and stuck them on mirror two
But I worried! Look how lumpy it is. this is not what I expected at all. I worried that the consistency of the mold would really end up showing in whatever casting I made.
Uncastable. It just won't work. In the end, I concluded that InstaMold is a craft-level project, that might be just fine for making a fun craft project with your kids, but just won't do for a restoration job. With that in mind, I turned to google and found this product. Looks like exactly what I'm looking for! A putty that is specifically made for restoration.
Sorry that I don't have a good "after" this time! I did clean and paint the frames, so you'll get to see them up on the wall, even though they will not be repaired right away