Mirrors Alderbury



Mirrors Alderbury
Since Narcissus of Greek legend fell in love with his own reflection and pined away into a small flower, humans have been entranced by their own mirror images. Narcissus had to gaze into a pool; nowadays we can buy mirrors. Alderbury customers looking for beautiful mirrors to enhance their homes could make an excellent choice by visiting County Glass and Glazing. As implied by the name, they work with glass in several creative ways, including, but not limited to, mirrors.
Mirrors don’t just reflect our appearance. Mirrors can make small rooms appear larger and large rooms appear enormous! A beautiful mirror can be a stunning conversation piece in your home. Strategically placed mirrors can reflect light into darker corners. Mirrors can be angled to reflect favourite pieces. Mirrors can even be placed in the garden to create the illusion of secret passages through the shrubbery. And why not have mirrors reflecting your beautiful Alderbury garden back into your living room?
Mirrors now are made by heating aluminium in a vacuum and spraying onto glass. The heated aluminium bonds to the cooler glass. The process of heating and spraying metal onto glass to create the reflective surface was created in 1835 by Justus Von Liebig. Prior to this mirror making techniques were costly, clumsy and time consuming.
The first mirrors used by humans (apart from pools of water, such as the one where Narcissus met his end) were made from polished obsidian. While beautiful (and very shiny!) obsidian is almost always black, which isn’t ideal for seeing an accurate reflection. Metals were later used to produce small reflective surfaces, such as copper, silver, and bronze. In China an alloy of tin and copper was developed, called speculum metal, which reflected surfaces well and indeed, was well used until around 200 years ago. Originally, though, these metals were considered precious and generally only available to the very wealthy.
Glass was included in mirror manufacture around the third century, using flattened glass pieces with a coating of lead or gold leaf on one side. However, glass making at the time was difficult and primitive. It was impossible to create flat, clear glass, until much later in history, so metals continued to be the main choice for mirrors. Warped and bubbled glass created distorted cloudy images.
Glass mirrors evolved further in the Middle Ages when flatter, clearer glass could be produced. There were still problems however, in that occasionally the hot melted metal poured onto the glass could shatter it. Renaissance craftsmen in Italy created a technique whereby the lead backing was replaced with an amalgam of tin and mercury. Lower temperatures could be used to heat and melt the metal, which meant less shattering glass. This technique was a well-kept secret, making Venice the centre of mirror production for around 100 years.
The Industrial Revolution meant new inventions and one of these was used to create large, clear, flat sheets of glass. This brings us back to 1835 and Justus Von Liebig.
Modern customers looking for mirrors in Alderbury can find no better creator than County Glass and Glazing.
 

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