Picture of Fun with broken mirrors...
OK so I'm typing this with hands that have a pretty high glass content as of earlier, with some glue for good measure...

This would make an interesting gift or just as something interesting for a space, it casts beautiful reflections, and it's always good fun to break stuff...

Step 1: Context and safety.

Picture of Context and safety.
A few nights ago I stood on this mirror on my floor and rather than smashing it crushed under pressure because it was leaning on a towel or something (was tidying my room at the time) and it ended up breaking in a very interesting pattern with lots of beautiful striations through the glass, not to mention a few bits left in my foot. however out of tiredness I left it alone and simply smeared some germolene on the wound and went to sleep, just to stave of infection. I picked the bits of glass out of my foot painstakingly after mashing them in deeply the next morning by forgetting all about it...

The mirror sat for two days undisturbed because it looked so cool, I just tidied around it until it came to being the last mess in my room...

So I decided to immortalize it on whatever I found first.

My suggestion for doing this would be during daylight hours, I had the reflections of halogen spotlights battering my helpless corneas everytime I moved with this...


A big point in this 'ible, when you're doing the actual gluing bit I strongly suggest gloves, my sparkly and bloody hands do too!

Breaking the mirror is not as dangerous as it would be for mosaic purposes, it's about breaking it under pressure, not smashing it... I'd suggest a stack of towels or rags and a heavy person would do it, alternatively using objects in different places and pressure would be good though too small and area will snap it in to a few large chunks.
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dewexdewex3 years ago
Good instructable. Thanks.

I found a car door mirror once that had been run over. Because they're convex they break in an interesting way when they're flattened. They're not as big or grand like yours, but they look like an insects wing when they're cracked. They also stay in one piece as they're doublesided to plastic base. I just grouted mine and stuck it to a bit of hardboard and hung it on the wall.
killerjackalope (author)  dewexdewex3 years ago
Cheers, for the light reflecting idea I'd mention and got to work to some degree later I think making a lamp box to project a reflection of the mirror would be pretty cool and work better with a mirror like that I think.

Would be cool to see a pic of it.
That's a really good idea; given I'm usually captivated by the sun reflecting off a pan lid in the kitchen onto the ceiling, I should try that.

Things like that work better if there's some movement involved. This has reminded me of something. I once tried to make a wave tank light, after seeing some little Japanese toy light which projected an image of the waves from a little water tank onto the ceiling. The toy was quite cool, but the thing that made the waves was a little spinning agitator which was way too fast; it actually became quite irritating after a short time. I dummied up a similar bigger light but never got the agitator made. Instead of an impeller, I settled on inducing a rocking motion in the cabinet for it (which was like a rocking chair with a curved bottom) by having a slowly spinning weight which would shift its balance. I was even toying with the idea of using two point light sources with coloured gels to try and get a 3D effect with suitable specs; I never tried that, though.

I'm not sure where that mirror is at the moment, but I have to move house soon and I'll keep an eye out for it and post here.

Take it easy.
Nice artistic viewpoint. Very creative.
yes indeedy!
Are irish people immune to bad luck? Break a mirror 7 years bad luck, AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

so is this like, contemporary art? i shall call it: "A broken mirror"
killerjackalope (author)  AnarchistAsian6 years ago
That's the third mirror this year and my lucks the same as ever, good for the most part then some thing bad happens and the world is up-ended... I have notions about doing something at least visually interesting with it, even if not exactly, art.
maybe you could mount small pieces of it on a ball, and then it would be LIEK, TEH BEST DISCO BALL EVA!!!!!!!!
killerjackalope (author)  AnarchistAsian6 years ago
What did we say about old school?
uhh... that i'm not old enough, but what does that have to do with this?? i never said old school, i said LIEK TEH BEST!
killerjackalope (author)  AnarchistAsian6 years ago
Was a joke because mirror disco balls are definitely old school...
yeah, but i was thinking you would do it, not me...

It's old school to you? really?

maybe i can be old school...
killerjackalope (author)  AnarchistAsian6 years ago
It's kiteman old school, disco balls are old news, these days it's disco tetrahedrons
but i thoughted that the broken mirrors would make it nice.... *puts head down sadly*
everyone look over here; point; and laugh. --- nice instructable
how about everyone laugh at... uhh... YOU! DIS :P
that is not NICE !!! *then i start smashing a strawberry
u wazn't nice... soz i got u bakkkk nah, i'm just playin, i don't care...
=( hugz?
no, i will not hugz u... i will hi five you *raises five fingers*
hugs you fingers*
*punches you in the eye*
lets take this love fest somewere else!!!.... my orange board 6pm be there or be square!
mg0930mg6 years ago
Looks like a tree...
puffyfluff6 years ago
That is quite fascinating, the way the mirror breaks in ridges along the stress points.
KentsOkay6 years ago
Purty awesome, I'd love to see this thing with strobe lights...
killerjackalope (author)  KentsOkay6 years ago
I have one, I'll post a video...
I've done something like this when I was a kid... but it didn't get nearly as complex a pattern as you have here. The shadows it casts are amazing! After reading this I thought that it might be possible to put the shards for a project like this shiny side down on a screen and then vacuum-form a secure "frame" for it. (To the person who mentioned luck, if you are the superstitious type: The cure for the seven years of bad luck from breaking a mirror is to find a still pool of water and to carefully place the pieces in it while matching up the breaks)
killerjackalope (author)  chainedflesh6 years ago
I was thinking of waiting and putting it on a table top after making the table and setting it in clear cast resin so it was visible and safe... The vacuum forming would be interesting though...
Nice! I should pick up a mirror for cheap from a yard sale and do this...
killerjackalope (author)  Lithium Rain6 years ago
If you do post your results, I'd love to see it...
Sunbanks6 years ago
Oooh pretty Did you stand on the mirror on purpose?
killerjackalope (author)  Sunbanks6 years ago
Did you read the 'ible? I was getting in to bed, halfway through tidying my room, turned the light off and heard a crunch about the same tiem as searing pain from foot...
Yeah I read it but I didn't know you had the lights off at the time...
killerjackalope (author)  Sunbanks6 years ago
Fair nuff...
Yeah I haven't exactly been the most attentive today... And because of that I ended up running into the side of a door at school...
killerjackalope (author)  Sunbanks6 years ago
Oh dear, not so good... I hate it when your foot catches the door you're opening and you slam in to it...
I've actually never caught a door with my foot and ran into it. I once ran into our bathroom door once because it was dark and I couldn't tell that it was completely closed
killerjackalope (author)  Sunbanks6 years ago
The problem is that you're opening it and it stops against the foot further away and for some reason it's impossible not to slam in to the door...
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