I'm creating a robot, but am finding that it's better if I break the build down into smaller projects. This is one of those projects, and it seems to have a look that could be used for other things as well.
Step 1: Destroy a Lady's Compact Mirror.
In the future if I ever decide to do this type of thing again, I may invest in a dental lathe with proper buffing attachments.
After the silver coating was off and the glass was perfectly smooth, I added some automotive mirror finish window tint, effectively making a 2 way mirror.
Step 2: Cast a Separator Ring
Then I screwed up and made a plaster mold of the clay ring. This was a screw up because plaster is very porous and the epoxy will stick to it like nobody's business. I also used old epoxy I had laying around since the summer and the reaction went badly, turning into a kind of foamy plastic as it cured.
After kicking myself for not thinking the process through properly, and cleaning the gummy crappy foam rubber cast from the plaster, I recast a silicone ring to take the place of the clay one I destroyed when I made the plaster cast.
Using a lot of mold release on the silicone ring I then made a mold of the ring using flexible silicone body-double from SmoothOn. I then used some fresh epoxy and cast a translucent plastic separator ring. It was a thing of beauty.
Where do I get epoxy, silicone and sculptural supplies?