Every man needs his barber and every barber… well, needs his craftsmen. When you run a creative business, at some point you’ll want something custom made, something you can’t buy, and this is where I usually jump in. Our dear friend, barber Marko Šimunović from Polyboy Barbershop asked me if I could make a simple mobile mirror that he could use for his mobile barbershop at the festivals. He had a very simple idea, a self-standing frame that has a mirror on either side, so that two barbers can work at the same time. I decided to make it from two parts – a base and a mirror frame that can then be inserted into the base, for the easier transport.
First I cut the pipes to size, and then started welding the base. It was a relatively simple frame, so I wasn’t using a jig for alignment, just a spot weld and some measuring. And yes, I’m still new in this welding business so I guess it took me longer than someone with experience.
I was welding with 0.8mm wire and Ferroline gas. The welds were pretty good, however, they needed some smoothing before everything was sent to powder coating.
Still missing a lot of welding gear, but that didn’t stop me.
Measuring the height of the stand.
Goga made the illustrations for the mirror overlay in the traditional tattoo style, with some skull and coffin motifs. They go very well with the barber identity and of course look very cute because she can’t help herself.
Here you can see laser cut and powder coated overlay. We decided to loose some tiny parts, so we could have a slightly larger hollow surfaces through which the mirror is seen.
Fine bits and pieces have also been prepared for the powder coating. Before the coating, each of them must be tied to the wire ring, so I needed to drill some really tiny holes in each one of them.
This was the first attempt of gluing the overlay to the mirror. The problem emerged because of the thickness of glass – the white glue was visible in the mirror, so everything needed to be removed and redone with a black silicone glue.
Mirror all done and delivered to the Polyboy Barbershop.
The detail of the overlay.
A detail of the cut out skull.
I used this cool thumbscrews for easy disassembly and assembly.
A detail of the welded frame stand.
With the proud owner, Marko Šimunović.
Maybe you’ll see it on some upcoming festival 😉