Make An L.E.D Illusion Mirror!



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How to Make an Infinity Mirror

An infinity mirror is a magical illusion mirror that gives a perception of great depth to a very thin mirror array. The perceived depth can be very many feet even though the mirror may not be actually deeper than a couple of inches.

Steps

  1. Find a suitable wooden frame.Preferably get something with a deep frame or at least 1/2 half inch depth.
  2. Disassemble the frame and remove the glass.
  3. Prepare the glass by making it perfectly clean.
  4. Spray the glass with a little water and a drop of wash liquid.
  5. Take the roll of window film and cut a piece a couple of inches bigger than the mirror.
  6. Remove the backing from the window film.
  7. Lay it over the glass pane.Starting from one corner, spray some liquid soap as you slowly lay this over the glass. Smooth out any bubbles and leave to dry.
  8. Once dry leave to one side for later.
  9. Obtain a mirror with the same size as the framed glass that was tinted.
    • As an option, get a mirror in its frame and make another frame to go over the original to give more depth with the wooden splines. about 2.5 inch (6.4 cm) to 3 inch (7.6 cm) is ideal for this.
  10. Assemble the framed glass you tinted, make sure the tinted area is facing the inside of the frame.
  11. Secure the tinted glass with glue.
  12. Add a inner frame to hold the mirror when it is placed on lights.
  13. Using a cutter, create a groove for the LED wirings and adapter.
  14. Install the LED lights around the inner frame.
    • Drill holes big enough for the lights to push into on the frame you just made. about halfway in the width of the wood and evenly around the entire frame.
  15. After adhering the LED lights, let the wiring out of the groove.
  16. Place the mirror on top of the frame.
    • Glue this frame to the mirrors frame.
  17. Plug it and switch on your lights and enjoy.

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  • Question
    Is it possible to make an infinity mirror without a light source between the glass and the mirror, and with only sunlight from the outside of the mirror?
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    No. You need some type of light source inside. Because what an infinity mirror is, is two mirrors facing and reflecting on each other. This way, the light source inside keeps reflecting on both mirrors creating the illusion that it goes on and on.
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  • Question
    Can I add an item inside to make it appear 3D?
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    Community Answer
    Yes, you can. A cirlcle, square or rectangle with LED lights around it would work.
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  • Question
    What is the specific type of mirror that I should use?
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    Community Answer
    The rear can be any glass mirror you'd buy just about anywhere. You're basically making the special "one-way" mirror yourself by using the window tint. That's the "magic" part of it. If you want the "infinite" effect to go deeper, use brighter lights inside, and turn off the lights outside the room so that each progressively dimmer layer is still visible.
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  • Question
    What materials are required to make an infinity mirror?
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    You will need: a mirror, a glass or PVC clear pane, the same size as your mirror, a set of LED string lights or fairy bulbs, mirrored window film (available at car shops and online), a picture frame for the mirror and another for the glass, some wooden spacing splines for the frames and bulbs.
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  • Question
    What exact type of LED lights do I need?
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    Community Answer
    You can use any LEDs. I think it would be perfect to use NeoPixels by Adafruit, as they are programmable and you can make them different colors.
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  • Question
    What is the practical use of an infinity mirror?
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    It's a funny DIY project to impress your friends with an optical trick. You could use it as the top of a coffee table and it will give the impression that the coffee mugs levitate over a bottomless pit.
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  • Question
    If I cut a hole in the middle of the infinite mirror, will the effect still be kept on the remainder of the material?
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    Community Answer
    Yes, it will be fine. You will have some issues viewing the effect, depending on the size of the hole.
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  • Question
    How do I get all the parts that fit together?
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    Community Answer
    Ikea RIBBA frame is with all you need, outer and inner (LED ) frame, available in black and white 25 x 25 cm or 50 x 50 cm.
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  • Question
    Where can I buy the film?
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    Community Answer
    Any auto parts store will stock a range of window tint films of different shades. Choose one that will allow you to see through it and clearly view the LED reflections in the inner mirror, but not so light that you can actually see the LED strip inside.
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  • Question
    What can we use instead of window film if it is not available?
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    Community Answer
    You could just buy tinted glass and use it instead of making the glass tinted by yourself. Except from this, you can't use anything else.
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  • There can be different programs for controlling the lighting, but the simple infinity mirror is just a 'sandwich' of a normal mirror, lights, and one-way mirror inside of a frame. The lights inside reflect off of the normal mirror and the shiny side of the one-way mirror repeatedly, giving the illusion of a tunnel to forever.
  • An infinity mirror has three pieces. At the back is a normal, 100% reflective mirror like you have in your bathroom. In the middle is the perimeter of lights (usually LEDs). At the front is another mirror that's only partially reflective — it reflects some light back toward the rear mirror and some through to the observer. The reflected light then bounces back to the half-mirror, though now slightly dimmer. This process repeats infinitely, resulting in the smooth fading of the lights off into a dark background.
  • Smooth out any air-bubbles in the window tint using an old credit card, or gift card. Cut a small notch for the wire and LED's.
  • To make one you will need a mirror you're willing to cannibalize for the project, a frame made of wood or another sturdy material, a roll of one-way mirror film, lights of some sort — preferably fairy lights or something as small — and something to hold it together with, like glue or duct tape.
    • First, make sure you can open the frame. Also be sure to have a little hole or something for each of the lights.
    • Place the regular mirror onto the workspace so that the shiny side is up. Glue or secure the back of the frame to the mirror so that the light-holes are up.
    • Place the lights in the frame so that the light bulbs come through the holes. Make sure that you can see them over the mirror's surface.
    • Place the top of the frame onto the project, closing off the lights' area. This would be a good time to align everything.
    • Place the one-way mirror film onto the top, making sure it fits the shape of your project well.
    • Take the duct tape or other adhesive and run it around the edges of the mirror.

Warnings

  • Be careful not to drop the mirror, or you will have a huge mess to clean up!

Things You'll Need

  • A mirror, a glass or PVC clear pane, the same size as your mirror
  • Set of LED string lights or fairy bulbs.
  • Mirrored window film (available at car shops and online). You can make different infinity effects depending on what window tint you buy; a darker window tint will lead to a darker mirror effect.
  • A picture frame for the mirror and another for the glass
  • Some wooden spacing splines for the frames and bulbs

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