Infinity mirrors are a combination of two reflective surfaces with lights between them. The light is reflected in one surface onto the other. Because the other surface is also reflected, the image is repeated in an unending pattern, hence the name infinity mirror. In years past, infinity mirrors were novelty items, but today they have become a part of decor that creates or enhances a modern decorating theme. You can make your own infinity mirror using common items found at a hardware store, craft store or home improvement centre.
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Things you need
- Deep frame or shadow box with glass
- Silver auto tint film
- Black tape
- LED light string
- Black paint
Remove the backing and glass from a deep frame or shadow box. Apply silver auto tint film to one side of the glass according to the manufacturer's directions. Now the glass is essentially a two-way mirror. The side with the tint is mirror-like and the other side is see-through.
Make a rectangle out of styrofoam that fits inside the larger frame. Secure the corners with black tape. When you put the styrofoam rectangle inside the frame, there should be 1 inch on all sides between the frame and the styrofoam.
Tape a string of LED lights around the styrofoam, placing the lights at regular intervals all the way around the rectangle. The plug end should be at one of the corners. Tape the lights in place so that only the light part protrudes into the middle of the rectangle. The base of each light and the wiring should be to the outside. Cover the entire rectangle with black tape.
Cut 1/4 inch off one corner of the frame backing. This will be where the light string wiring exits the infinity mirror. Place the backing in the frame.
Place a mirror the same size as the frame glass on top of the frame backing. The reflective side of the mirror should face the front.
Place the styrofoam on top the mirror, matching the plug end corner with the hole in the backing. Tuck in all the wiring between the styrofoam and the frame. You may have to lift the backing to get the plug end of the LED light string to exit the frame by the hole in the corner of the backing.
Cut cardboard strips 1 inch wide, and paint them black. When the paint is dry, use them to cover the wiring space between the styrofoam and the frame sides.
Place the tinted glass in the frame with the reflective side facing the back. Secure the frame together, and your infinity mirror is finished.
Tips and warnings
- If the frame you use must be loaded from the back, place the frame facedown and assemble the infinity mirror in reverse order from the steps described here.
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