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how do you make a mirror using a glass pain or a sheet of clear sheet of plaset arilick

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

12 years ago

The ancient Egyptians made excellent mirrors out of metal. Why not try polishing some metal to a very high sheen? Much safer...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

13 years ago

Here is one way to do it... The glass to be silvered must be thoroughly cleaned as the least speck of dust, grease, dirt or finer marks will show and cause you trouble.

NOTE: extreme cation should be use when using chemicals. Read all manufactures labels and warning before using any chemicals.

Now that I read through this, I caution anyone doing any of this to be very cautious. The poster doesn't spell well, which doesn't mean they don't know what they are talking about, but it also doesn't make me very secure in what they wrote. This is from a site called Make Stuff

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Hmm, I don't fancy all that malarkey - I'd rather just buy a mirror.

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wi_saint
wi_saint

Reply 12 years ago

"Hmm, I don't fancy all that malarkey..." No abuse intended, but why are you on instructables with that attitude?

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PKM
PKM

Reply 12 years ago

I would imagine Kiteman means he doesn't fancy difficult and potentially dangerous kitchen chemistry just to make a mirror- though he may not say it himself he is one of Instructables' biggest non-staff contributors and definitely not an armchair critic. The sheer diversity of topics on the site means we can't be into all of it, everyone has their own niche.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

(Thanks, PKM.)

wi_saint: just click on my username to find out why I'm here.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 12 years ago

To teach children how science works using only kite and kite parts?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

;-)

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kicker109
kicker109

12 years ago

why not just put an incredibly straight piece of foil behind glass or paint i silver with really good quality paint?

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

13 years ago

Mirror, that's right mirror. Highly polished silver backing, maybe try some kind of foil...

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Highly polish the glass, then apply a reflective surface - maybe silver paint?

It won't be as good as a bought mirror (I think they use molten metal??), but it would be an interesting effect.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 13 years ago

Maybe just silver plating compound or silver coloured polish dierectly to the back of the glass...

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Doesn't silver plating compound need to be applied to metal? I thought there was a substitution reaction.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 13 years ago

Oh right I wasn't sure if it was just a simple compound that broke dowm or a substitution, in the case silver polish may work...

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Ferrite
Ferrite

Reply 13 years ago

I know that they coat telescope mirrors by putting a vacuum chamber around the surface and then vaporising aluminum which coats the surface evenly.