A Galaxy in Your Hand! Infinity Mirror Box

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Introduction: A Galaxy in Your Hand! Infinity Mirror Box

About: Maker guy with a lot of love for paper and cardboard. Recently also working with recycled plastics. other related interests are photography, youtube, recycling, etc :-)

This tutorial is about making a little shape that creates a lot of reflections inside. With holes on every angle for light and a little window to see through, you can watch this infinity proces in your hand! The idea came from watching infinity mirror video's and trying to think of any variation on them. Hope you like it! :)

Step 1: Make or Order the 3mm Lasercut Acrylic Mirror Parts

i made a vector drawing and made an order online to lasercut these shapes from 3mm acrylic sheet mirror. Once received, we can start! :)

Step 2: Make a Simple Paper Strip With Double Sided Tape to Construct the Infinity Polygon Shape

the assembling is pretty easy this way. I made a 2cm strip of thick paper and scored this strip. A path of 2mm wide needed to be scored in the middle. apply double sided tape on the other side and make the folds.

Step 3: Assembling Time!

cut the paper strip to lengths of the pentagon side and work your way trough. Keep the 3 with the viewing hole side for last. It’s fun to see the reflections increasing with every element you assemble :)

Once the job is done, look inside and enjoy!

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21 Discussions

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judas79
judas79

1 year ago

A human size meditation room like this, would be awesome. Very cool.

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PhillipS7
PhillipS7

Reply 5 months ago

Already looking at how to do it cost effective. First oroposal was $120,000

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JoopB1
JoopB1

Reply 1 year ago

wow!! that would be mind bending! you know the infinity room of Yayoi Kosama? you would love it! :)

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FullOArts
FullOArts

Question 1 year ago on Step 3

Should the thickness be 1/8 or 1/16th of an inch?

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craftyv
craftyv

Question 1 year ago on Introduction

How many mirror pieces please?

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JoopB1
JoopB1

Answer 1 year ago

template is in the project! with the correct amount of pieces :)

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CoGuraQuien
CoGuraQuien

Question 1 year ago on Step 1

I was wondering where you ordered the acrylic mirrors and got them cut?

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JoopB1
JoopB1

Answer 1 year ago

Hi, i got the job done at a dutch online laser cutting service over here: www.snijlab.nl

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jeanniel1
jeanniel1

1 year ago

I love how you did this in 3 easy steps! Thanks for sharing - and be sure that the mirrored acrylic are not laminated mirrored surfaces - as I've found even with lasercutting the mirrored laminate peels off. Best to get a high quality mirrored acrylic.

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JoopB1
JoopB1

Reply 1 year ago

thank you for your comment! :) I haven’t experienced the peeling off yet, but i can imagine that more 'budget friendly’ type of mirrors wouldn’t really appreciate the heat from the laser. Thanks for the tip!

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herojig
herojig

1 year ago

What an interesting instructable! The first thing I though of was a paper I read in school - amazing easy to google up: https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.3758/BF03205804.pdf. I was also wondering if what I was looking at could be defined by math, and what would that look like. Is it an optical illusion, or are we looking at part of the reality code, aka Klee Irwin and the folks over at Quantum Gravity Research. Just a thought :)

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JoopB1
JoopB1

Reply 1 year ago

oh my god, you go deeeeeeep into theory behind this visual proces. I never dived in to this, more a practical trial and error kind a person but thank you for the links! :)

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AshishT62
AshishT62

1 year ago

Beautiful !!!
I always wanted to make something like this. The mirrors you used are First Surface Mirrors right?

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JoopB1
JoopB1

Reply 1 year ago

nice to hear that you want to make one! I used 3mm thick acrylic mirror, not first surface mirrors although the effect would be extra amazing in that case! I noticed that with the acrylic, the bigger you make the pentagons, the better the visual experience will be :)

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Salamyman
Salamyman

1 year ago

I like it! It's like a legal drug. Drink a beer and look through this - it'll have the desired effect.

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JoopB1
JoopB1

Reply 1 year ago

hihi i got lost in the visual effect quite some times :D

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CarlJ50
CarlJ50

1 year ago

Wow, fantastic project, thank you for the time you took to document and share it. The Eye of Providence was a nice touch in the video.

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JoopB1
JoopB1

Reply 1 year ago

Haha! Amazing! i didn’t even realised it! :P Thank you!

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Gadisha
Gadisha

1 year ago

Wow, cool, very nice effect!
Not very hard to make either once you have the mirror parts.