Rotating Mirror

Here’s a funny little story about a mirror.

A client had asked me to keep an eye out for a mirror for above her fireplace. She had renovated a couple of years ago and was now getting around to the final touches. I happened to have a large mirror that a previous client had decided against so arranged for my husband to help me take it over and show her.


The two men held the rectangular mirror in place whilst we women contemplated whether it should be portrait or landscape and what it was reflecting. In the end the decision was made that that was not the right mirror for the space. It was too dominating and my client didn’t want the mirror to dominate the room.


A few months later I received an email from one of my mirror suppliers with a list of their sale items. I flicked it over to the client who liked the look of a mirror called the Pebble Turn Mirror. The client measured her space and made a paper cut out of the mirror and blu-tacked it to the wall. It all looked perfect. So I placed the order and arranged for my mirror hanging guy to instal the mirror.


The client was at work and left me a key. We arrived and worked out which way the mirror would hang. It definitely had to hang in a portrait position as the space we had was higher than it was wider. Being an organic shape, we took every conceivable measurement to make sure it would be centred on the chimney breast. But it wasn’t your average wire and hook arrangement to hang it. The mirror had a round disc attached to the back and we had 4 small discs to be screwed into the wall. The disc on the mirror then slid into the cradle that was formed by the four small discs.

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So we did all that, stood back to admire our work and the Pebble Turn Mirror, turned. That’s right it just slowly rotated like a chocolate wheel. Both of us went sprinting to the wall in case it came crashing to the floor but of course it didn’t because it was securely held in the cradle. It just wasn’t sitting in the position we wanted. So we moved it back and tried to get the weight of the base to sit as we wanted. Nope, it rotated again. It seemed the mirror had a mind of it’s own and was only happy in a landscape position. Yet all the images we had seen of the mirror showed in a portrait position. We were getting frustrated! After a while we found some blu-tack and used it to hold the mirror in position. We waited and waited and the mirror stayed where it was. Phew!


Just as we were about to leave, the client came home from work and we explained our dilemma and we would make inquiries for a more long lasting solution than blu-tack. I received a text about an hour later saying the mirror had rotated again!

A week later, my trusty mirror hanging guy came back with a solution. We needed a cog to stop the mirror from rotating. He glued a long piece of flat metal to the disc on the back of the mirror and when we finally sat that into place, the mirror could not rotate. Just as well I love a challenge!


Upshot is the mirror looks fabulous in the room and creates some interest without dominating.


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