Step 1: What You Will Need
- A vector drawing program. I used illustrator but Inkscape is also good and free to download if you can't get hold of illustrator.
- Access to a laser cutting machine. With RazorLAB, all you have to do is upload your drawing through the site, choose your material, get instant pricing, pay online and get it delivered to your door.
- Sticky tabs for hanging the mirror.
Step 2: Preparing the Artwork
I used illustrator to create the artwork for my mirror. RazorLAB have a handy starter kit which explains how to prepare your drawings ready for laser cutting. I designed the mirror so all the shapes slotted into each other (as with Tetris) making it quicker to cut (and also cheaper!), rather than cutting the shapes individually. They can then be spread out to imitate the game in action when it comes to fixing them to the wall. I took inspiration for the shapes from images of Tetris I found on the web, and it would be possible to use any number of combinations!
Step 3: Transfer the Drawing to a Template
Step 4: Upload the Design
Once the drawing is finished, save it as an EPS file as instructed in the starter kit and upload it to the RazorLAB website, where material can then be chosen.The material I use for the Tetris Mirror is 3mm silver mirrored acrylic, but gold mirrored acrylic also works well (you could even make one in each colour and interchange the pieces). Once the order is placed it's picked up by the team at RazorLAB and processed.
Step 5: Laser Cutting
The mirror is then cut on the laser cutter, you wouldn't normally see this part (unless you have your own laser cutter) but i've uploaded some photo's to show the process!
Step 6: Receive Parts
When the parts arrive back (yay!) all thats left to do is add the sticky tabs on the back of the pieces for arranging on the wall, and peel the protective film off the front of the acrylic. Then the pieces can be arranged on the wall however you like to recreate the game!