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Bear Glass Inc has developed a system for antiquing or distressing new mirrors. All our custom antiqued mirrors are hand made and no two mirrors are the same.


Gallery of Samples

Bear Glass carries the largest inventory of antique mirror in the United States. We can also create custom antique mirror colors see our gallery for samples.


History of Antique Mirrors

Long ago having a mirror in your home meant that you were rich. Today, mirrors are much more common, but having an antiqued mirror in your home will still provide that elegant look that will set your decor apart from everyone else.

Glass mirrors have only been around for a few centuries, unlike glass and mirror which has been around for thousands of year. Throughout all this time the quality of glass has improved substantially as well as mirrors. With the perfection almost near, the reflected images is not distorted and now perfectly clear. We now see a reflection of our own in present time. The mirror no longer retains the whimsical and magical reflection that was once created in ancient time.

However looking into an antique mirror retains the image of the past, filtered by time giving a reflection that makes one wonder about the mysteries this mirror holds. Antique mirrors take away the perfection that modern mirrors have created. The goal was achieved by experimenting with oxidation and the use of a black background that gives off the warmth and past memories when reflected. A variety of techniques can be employed to create a mirror that is gently aged or looks like a hundred year old antique.

With similarities in evolvement in glass and mirrors, antique mirror technique has grown to producing colors and special effects to be used for decoration to enhance our environments. Motivated by high levels of creativity and imagination, experience and technique, have produced an incredibly wide variety of possibilities for using silvered and decorated flat glass.

Antique mirrors are handmade to recreate authentic antique variations in color and appearance

There are 3 ways to antique a silver mirror (besides leaving it in a damp location for 50 years.)

  • antique a new mirror by adding chemicals to the silver as it deposits on the glass
  • buy an existing mirror, strip the paint and partially remove the silver
  • apply silver or aluminum leaf to glass

Antiquing a new mirror - adding chemicals to the silver as it forms on the glass - offers you the widest possible range of effects - especially if you use Pouring Silver which takes 5 minutes to deposit.