Introduction: Infinity Mirror Table - the Easy Version

I've been fascinated by infinity mirrors ever since I built my infinity mirror clock. But this time I wanted to make something simpler - so I decided to convert my center table into an infinity mirror table.

You can use this instructable to convert nearly any surface into an infinity mirror.

Step 1: The Electronics

This time I kept everything simple and "dumb". Bought the following:

  1. 12 V RGB LED Strip similar to http://www.ebay.in/itm/5M-SMD-RGB-Waterproof-300-L...
  2. 24 key IR Remote Controller similar to http://www.ebay.in/itm/24-Keys-IR-Remote-Control-C...
  3. Toshiba 12V 7Amp power supply

Please note - I did not buy any of these items online, I bought them from SP Road in Bangalore. The links are provided only for reference.

I had to extend the cable on the LED Strip as I was keeping the controller on the side of the wall. Simply used a 4-wire ribbon cable and soldered the ends.

Step 2: Modifying the Table

This required some preparation:

  1. Bought 4 wood strips - 1" x 1" x 30" (the size of my table is 30" x 30"); nailed them to the edges of the table, cutting as required so that they made a frame for the table
  2. Used some plaster of paris to smooth the edges (in hindsight should have used wood filler instead)
  3. The table I used had been damaged when we had moved from Gurgaon to Bangalore, and I had expected more damage in the next move. There were a lot of scratches on the veneer and corners were damaged a lot. To cover all this, we used a roll of vinyl film (similar to http://www.ebay.in/itm/Chrome-Brushed-PVC-Car-Viny...). I'm not sure how long this will last, however, it is meant to be put on cars, so should be long lasting.The effect is nice and it looks good as of now.
  4. Drilled a hole in the center of the table for the wires

If you plan to use the vinyl film, I would suggest you watch some videos showing how it is applied. It's pretty simple, but helps to see how it is done.

Step 3: Creating the Infinity Mirror

Bought the following:

  1. 6mm square mirror - 27 7/8" x 27 7/8" to fit in between the frame we created in the previous step
  2. 6mm square glass - 30" x 30" (the size of the table)
  3. One way mirror file similar to http://www.buydecorativefilm.com/one-way-mirror-si...

The installation steps were as follows:

  1. Thread the wire through the hole and keep it on a side
  2. Place the mirror in between the frame
  3. Stick the LED strip to the inside edge of the frame. I tried to stick it directly as the strip was adhesive backed, but it came off after some time. So had to use a strong adhesive (similar to gorilla glue or araldite)
  4. Place a small stainless steel lid in the center - this would create additional reflections in the center
  5. Stick the mirror film to the glass
  6. Place the glass on top and stick it with mirror mount tape

Sticking the mirror film on the glass is slightly tricky and to get best results you should spray the entire glass and the film with mild soap solution. This would help to get a smooth finish. Again - I would recommend you watch a few videos to see how it is done.

Step 4: Switching It ON

Connect the strip to the controller and the power supply.

Press the ON button on the IR Remote.

Voila...

Step 5: Problems Faced

Not too many, as this was a very simple project.

  1. The plaster of paris flakes off - would be better if you used wood filler
  2. The adhesive backing on the LED strips is not too strong. Best to use another adhesive to stick the strips.
  3. There are some bubbles in the mirror film - but these can be avoided using mildly soapy water (and a lot of it)
  4. The reflections off the stainless steel lid are not too good due to its vertical faces. I didn't want to use a circular plate as it would clash with the square shape of the table. Would probably add a pyramid in the center for better reflections.

Step 6: Future Plans

As I'd mentioned earlier, this one is pretty dumb, but I'm waiting for a few components to make this smart. These include:

  1. LED Amplifier - http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/1pc-Lot-12... - to control the strips through the arduino; this seems like a simpler and more compact method than using MOSFETs.
  2. ESP8266 Wifi adapter - http://www.aliexpress.com/item/1Pcs-High-Quality-E... - to connect the arduino to wifi; these are the latest in cheap wifi connectivity modules. Should be fund to use.
  3. ATMEGA Pro Mini - http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Pro-Mini-Module-Atm... - I hate using expensive arduinos - hence the pro mini.
  4. Microphone Sensor - http://www.ebay.in/itm/251379509065?ssPageName=STR... - to listen to claps, music, etc.

The Plan is as follows:

  1. Single clap - pulls weather information from the web and changes the colour of the strip depending on the temperature - blue for cold, red for hot.
  2. Two claps - pulls information about our apartment shuttle and would blink fast if the shuttle is coming in to the complex and slow if it is far away.
  3. Three claps - create disco lights based on music being played. Probably have some beat detect algorithm.

Suggestions and comments welcome.

Comments

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ncdave4life (author)2017-06-17

Nice.

A tiny typo: "One way mirror file" should be "One way mirror film"

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MichaelR411 (author)2016-10-23

Would having 2 rows of LEDs increase the 'depth' or is that not a factor?

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Yes it would. As the distance between the two mirrors would increase. Other ways would include:
1. Using a better mirror film - or use a quality - two way mirror
2. Increase the brightness of the LEDs

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Thanks

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HemntM (author)2015-12-15

1) what to do if I want to avoid visibility of led strip pcb when its light is on

2) in case of large size 4ft x 4ft one strip doesn't create tunnel of infinity mirror

So how many strip to be use

Pls pls help me in this...

Or reply on - relyon9@gmail.com

It will be great help ...god bless you

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dushyantahuja (author)HemntM2017-01-14

You can paint it black - or use one with a black PCB. You can use multiple strips - just make sure your power supply can provide enough power.

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mach13132 made it! (author)2015-04-29

I love infinity mirror effect...:)

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dushyantahuja (author)mach131322015-08-05

Wow - that looks amazing

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brian.the.lion.rawlins (author)2015-02-22

im confused what the center piece is

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It's a small stainless steel bowl.

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jason_andrewd (author)2015-01-29

Cool. Thinking of making a table. Here's mine a small box. A two way mirror

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goldenshuttle (author)2015-01-01

Nice work. When you applied the film on the glass. Would the film be facing inside or outside world ?

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nnatha (author)goldenshuttle2015-01-25

its inside.

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The film should be inside. Otherwise you will get scratches when you use the table.

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SunnyY1 (author)2015-01-21

Awesome thing to do with useless tables :p

like to try it sometime

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Jake Maverick (author)2015-01-17

Very nice!

I've just started thinking of a Gothicy type project earlier today as it happens...so the question being (I'm thinking probably wall hanging version) is it possible to make these strip LEDs flicker? I'm thinking of Demons nd Goblins style boarder....which will be cast in resin, so will want parts of that to flicker which is easy enough....but wd possibly look even better if i could get the flicker to descend back through the mirror flickery style....?

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I think you would probably need an addressable type strip and an arduino or similar controller. The one I have can go through some simple modes like flash through all colours, merge across colours.

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Thanks. I have been thinking about it some more though (arduino would be way too pricey) and you can get 3 volt flcikering led's.....so i think it wd just be a case of wiring them up on a strip...I'm just a bit hesitant also as it's bit difficult to imagine how it would look...;-)

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nnatha made it! (author)2015-01-01

i made it. but the depth is not too much i was thinking for

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thormj (author)nnatha2015-01-12

Ways to get more depth:

1. Increase distance between the panes (will increase the "spacing" as well)

2. Increase the led brightness

3. Increase the reflectivity of the film (better film -- use as close to 100% as possible on the back side -- top side is a balance between depth and brightness...)

3b. Make the back side "blacker" -- especially the bottom side; put the film on the top of the bottom side and paint the bottom & edges with black paint.

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dushyantahuja (author)nnatha2015-01-09

you can try to increase the brightness of the LED strip, or replace the mirror film with a more reflective one. If you can find a two-way mirror - that's even better.

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ulisesrm (author)2015-01-12

do you have a video how it looks working?

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thundrepance (author)2015-01-11

thank-you for keeping it "simple & dumb", like ME. (`8^b

....cannot WAIT to make one!

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joshcube (author)2014-12-31

I'm planning a MAME pedestal that I can connect to my TV... how awesome would it be to have an infinity mirror as the deck for the controls? You've inspired me to do some exploration to see if it would be possible.

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