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The Pocket-Sized, Clip-On, Rear-View Mirror

If you've ever wanted to have one of those clip-on bike mirrors, but didn't want to buy one that specifically mounted either the helmet, the visor, or your glasses, then this Instructable is for you. It's even better if you have the parts lying around like I do.

The result is the Pocket-Sized, Clip-On, Rear-View Mirror -- and it's even triple-hyphenated! Using a stiff copper wire, it's adjustable to any position and it's quite lightweight: under 12 grams.
 
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Step 1: What You'll Need

Picture of What You'll Need
The mirror itself consists of:
  • an alligator clip
  • a piece of 14 gauge or 12 gauge solid copper wire
  • a 1"x1" hobby mirror
  • epoxy like JB Weld

Tool wise, you'll need:
  • needle-nosed pliers
  • wire strippers
  • a soldering iron and solder (optional)
  • a knife (if you're extracting the wire from a scrap of Romex cable)

Step 2: Extract a piece of copper wire from scrap Romex

If you're starting from a scrap of Romex cable (the kind they use to wire outlets and lights in buildings), you'll need to extract a piece of the copper wire from inside it.

Starting with a piece no longer than about 12", cut a small part of the insulation at one end. Straighten the cable then use the needle-nosed pliers to grab the wire you want and pull it out.

Step 4: Mix your epoxy.

On a surface you don't care about (junk mail is great for this), mix up a small amount of epoxy. Stir it until it's a uniform color. You can cut off a piece of the wire to use as a stir-stick.
3366carlos1 year ago
wow
maxman3 years ago
Thanks. I'm gonna make one. Better than spending 12 bucks for a store-bought mirror. I'm going to use a light-weight plastic mirror that my dentist gave me for checking my teeth.
myrrhmaid5 years ago
Definitely Thumbs Up! I want one!