Mirror TV!

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Introduction: Mirror TV!

Materials:

  • 1 Acrylic Sheet (Length: Minimum 20 inches. Width: Minimum 12 inches.)
  • 1 Mirror Film (Length: Minimum 22 inches. Width: Minimum 14 inches.)
  • *1 Flat Screen Television
  • Steel Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife
  • 16 oz. spray bottle
  • "No Tears" Baby Shampoo
  • Water
  • Squeegee
  • Premoistened Lens Wipes/Paper Towels
  • Black Matte Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Painter's Tape
  • Permanent Adhesive (Silicon, Heavy Duty Glue, Epoxy Putty etc.) OR Scotch Heavy Duty/Outdoor Mounting Tape (Holds 20lb)

Step 1:

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Step 2: Measuring and Trimming the Mirror Film

Step 3: Adhering the Mirror Film

Step 4: Squeegeeing the Film

Step 5: Trimming the Film

Turn the acrylic sheet upside down, so the film is face down on the work surface. Using a craft knife, trim the mirror film along the edges of the sheet. Press the blade close to the plastic edge and run the knife along the side. Repeat on all four sides.

Once completed, flip sheet over and repeat Step 4 to ensure that you have completely squeegeed the water and air from under the film.

Allow a substantial amount of time (1-2 days) for the film to completely set. (Check drying time according to the brand of film you use.)

Step 6: Preparing and Mounting the TV Screen

Clean the TV screen with a premoistened lens wipe.

Apply silicon, permanent mounting tape (as pictured), OR other permanent adhesive for plastic on the outer edges of the TV. Be careful not to put too much adhesive near the screen.

Place the acrylic glass with the film symmetrically on top of the TV. If you are using a wet adhesive, allow it to dry before continuing.

Step 7: Eliminating the Transparency

The parts of the acrylic sheet that are not covered by the black TV screen will be narrowly opaque. To eliminate this slight degree of transparency, you will need to paint the uncovered areas black.

Apply painter's tape on the edges of the television screen to avoid marring it with paint.

Paint the acrylic areas with two coats of matte black paint. Allow paint to dry.

Step 8: Finishing Steps

Once the black paint has dried, peel off the painter's tape. Polish the surface of the acrylic glass with a damp paper towel to remove any soapy residue, glue or paint.

Optional:

I suspended my mirror from a nail on the windowsill, and a string attached to two screws on the back of the screen, as pictured above.

To mount the mirror TV, you may purchase adjustable mirror brackets, hollow wall anchors, or other devices and follow the accommodating installation instructions. The following website will link you to a plethora of hanging tools to fit the regulations of your landlord, types of walls, etc. Picture and Mirror Hanging. For precautionary measures, you could purchase an actual TV wall mount and attach the mount to the back of device, as long as it does not interfere with the mirror/screen. Other easy effective methods include using Epoxy putty to permanently hang the mirror on the wall, or outdoor mounting tape that is strong enough to support 20 pounds or greater.

Step 9: Display!

The produced result is an opaque acrylic sheet with a mirror surface that is embellished by the vivid colors of the television. The mirror tv keeps a reflective appearance, even when the light from the television is beaming through. Display in your bathroom for daily use, or elsewhere in your home to make a subject of conversation.

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    57 Discussions

    this owudl be cool with a windows computer with softwar elike rainmeter and xwidget could defintally display all kinds of usefull information in the mroning

    Hi, great job, well done! Could you tell me what type of mirrored film you used, was it one-way, uv%? And also how thick was the acrylic sheet you used and does this mirroring affect the tv visibility/ clarity very much? Sorry for all the questions but want to try this out as soon as possible. Thanks ?

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    ukritv

    3 years ago

    Is there a specification for the mirror film ?

    I feel dumb asking this... Lol, but where can you get the film and acrylic sheet for this project? I understand the process of making it, just don't know where to find those two things.

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    Some of the materials, including the acrylic sheet, were purchased at my local Home Depot. I bought all the other components at HomeDepot.com and Amazon.com! :)

    you're not alone I wouldn't have a clue where to look. This probably wasn't helpful but hey, at least you're not alone! =)

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    gluvit

    4 years ago

    Love it

    That is a beautiful idea for a project. Very well done and well explained. Nice work.

    The future is now. This is awesome. Good luck in the contest.

    looks unique.. love it..

    Love this idea! I will be doing it with a frame. Thanks for posting.

    Would be cool to create it on the window glass.
    I mean if you stick those layers on the outside window and would focus projector on it - you will get TV screen from fantastic movies.

    That is really awesome, someone should totally make a Raspberry Pi information screen guide to go along with it. Especially for people who have no idea what they're doing. Hint hint...

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