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This is an "Infinity" design LED mirror that I constructed several months back. An old Army buddy of mine found a beautiful 4 foot by 2 1/2 foot frame that someone was throwing away, and we decided to make a LARGE version of one of these mirrors!

 
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Step 1: Get you a nice frame or build one yourself

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This is the antique hardwood frame that my buddy got for free! I would definitely recommend a hardwood for the frame, as we will be adding on quite a few components and two HEAVY sheets of glass to get the desired reflective effect. Also, make sure that you plan out the entire build before starting.

Step 2: Get your LEDs set up

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Here is the link to the LED light kit I purchased: http://amzn.com/B00ASHQQKI

This kit comes with a power adapter, remote, IR sensor, and 16.4 feet of LED strip w/ adhesive backing for around $30. The LEDs can be trimmed every 1.5 inches or 3 inches depending on which kit you get. I'd recommend getting your LEDs from Amazon or another online distributor, as Home Depot and Lowe's charge a hefty premium for their light strips.

Step 3: Prep the inside lip of your frame

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I sanded the inside lip of the frame here in order to remove any old paint. I repainted it later, but you'll want a nice smooth surface to adhere the LED strip to.

Step 4: Plan the build around your frame

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From here, I measured around the interior dimensions of the frame to determine the length of LED strip I would need.

EviLSeeD made it!3 months ago

Thank you for the inspiration.

I made some small modifications to the project.

1) ripped out the inner parts from the RGB controller and desoldered off the parts which wouldn't fit into my niche which I dremeled into the frame.

2) added some deco-diamonds since it was a birthday present for my girl friend

3) used vinyl foil to stick the half mirror to the front and make up a nice frame look

4) back mirror was sticked to the wooden frame with universal sillicone

back mirror was 4.99€ from woolworth, the front glass was of the same size from a picture frame, which was 3.99€ (40x50cm). the other materials were in our basement.

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dudes4 months ago
what if u put a graphene touch film over the mirror so it could be activated by touch? there is probably a better way to do that, but graphene came to mind.
jammjammeer4 months ago

looks like a portal into cyberspace or something!!!!!

craftclarity4 months ago

Wow, that is gorgeous!

bhvm5 months ago
just lovely. it's large and has the most prominent infinity effect. are the Led bright enough to use as regular night lamp?
BrentGarrison (author)  bhvm5 months ago

Bhvm;

It's definitely bright enough to use as a nightlight. The brightness is diminished slightly due to the light passing through the two-way glass. The LEDs were insanely bright when I tested them prior to installation!

Lovely!
Perhaps we could use 1W high power LEDs next time, the Mirror will then be so Bright so as to act as accent lamp or even make up mirror.

Perhaps your mirror should replace the classic fairy tale "mirror Mirror who's the most beautiful". Its just as magical and beautiful!
BrentGarrison (author)  bhvm5 months ago

That's a great idea! I'm sure that brighter LEDs would extend the "tunnel" effect even more. Thanks for the suggestion!

mjimenez155 months ago

does this still work as a regular mirror when not in use?

BrentGarrison (author)  mjimenez155 months ago

MJimenez; it does function as a regular mirror when not in use. I like to surprise people with the lighting effect as they're checking it out!

XTL5 months ago

Some people use security film as the first 50:50 mirror - its much cheaper. Use it on its own or perhaps apply it to a clear glass sheet for something this size (so it doesn't flex). Have you tried that ?

BrentGarrison (author)  XTL5 months ago

XTL;

I considered using the film, but after some research I found that it may bubble or detach over time. Since this is a closed system, it'd be very difficult to fix. If you'd like to save $ on a smaller build though, I'm sure it'd work just fine!

DustySeven75 months ago

just an idea. if you used a neopixel strip instead you would have control over each "pixel" and could have cool animations and moving effects

BrentGarrison (author)  DustySeven75 months ago
Dusty, that's a great idea that I'll have to look into for my next build. Thank you for the feedback!
l8nite5 months ago

I've done several infinity tunnels for our haunted house and recently found a matching pair of mirrored patio doors , I was thinking about building a 1' spacer and adding flame decals for a burning tunnel look but this might be even cooler and most likely simpler since I could use the edge around the window and just attach the doors together... thank you for sharing !

jmuës5 months ago

this is awesome, I'm planning to make one aswell soon!

mtolosa15 months ago

Where's the video?

Wroger-Wroger5 months ago

WOW - too bad you can't crack the portal jump to link it another time and place.

Perhaps a few big knobs and a 5 dimensional navigation aids...

Seriously - you must get the time and space issues worked out.

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This gets into really trick switching, as in very very fast switching...

With LED response times, and all that, is it possible to make the infinite reflections appear as a time tube, by switching the original LED's on and off synchronously, at such a high speed - so as to make the reflections run as optical waves,

That gets into light speed switching and reflections and all that....

Might be beyond the average person and the average LED and the switching gear.

Sort of like pulsing lasers, so that the beam shots and their reflections kind of fall into the picosecond timing...

But then at that speed, I think if it was done correctly the effect of a shimmering into the time tunnel effect, from one layer of LED's could be produced, but I am not sure that visually it could be perceived....

Well it could ....

lpeck5 months ago
That is neat. Got to make time with all my other projects waiting. Thanks for your project
cobricole5 months ago

Amazing !

PirateLabs5 months ago

Very nice job and a good instructable.

Bill

TheStuUurgE5 months ago
That's really cool bro