Driftwood Wreath + Mirror with Rainbow 'Opala Glass
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Many days spent tumbling in the surf and baking on the sand have given these pieces of driftwood their classic, weathered look and color...creams, grays, browns. This fun, colorful driftwood wreath was made using a variety of Maui wood including mango, kiawe, kukui, bamboo and koa.
This 12 inch driftwood wreath is 3 perfectly placed layers of driftwood (approximately 100 total pieces) with 4 inch mirror. It is fun and beachy! In the midst of smooth driftwood, lie small pieces of 'opala glass (recycled and machine tumbled glass, NOT sea glass, that I find at a very old dump location on the north shore of the island) arranged in the pattern of the rainbow. The 'opala glass will sparkle brilliantly in natural, indirect light and add a pop of color to the neutral driftwood hues.
When shoppers look at pieces similar to this one, they ask if I have taken a tool, after the wreath is built, and shaped the perfect circle inside. I am flattered, because the answer is no. Each piece is cut and sanded based on where it sits within the circle. While driftwood is natural and imperfect, this finished piece IS perfectly stunning.
This mirror is built on a sturdy 6 inch (1/8 inch thick) circular wooden board. It hangs by a strong (4 mm thick) cotton cord that is secured through the board. The hanger will not be seen when the mirror in placed on the wall. I would suggest using a mount such as an angled picture hanger for easiest and most secure hanging.
Each piece of driftwood is glued using a variety of industrial strength adhesives. I do not use nails or screws. I find that this better maintains the integrity of the wood. Each piece of driftwood is secured at many points to its neighboring pieces which gives structure and durability to the finished wreath.
A perfecly beachy splash of color to remind you of one of the great "Hawaiian Rules" ... no rain, no rainbows!