Lately I've been endeavoring to get back to the gym and start getting back into shape; One thing that is a daily ritual after a good workout is a shower and a shave (Shaving in a hot shower is great to reduce razors bumps but just no mirrors so I always have to bring one with me) I guess I'm a little rough on the shaving mirrors though every time I throw my bag down I broke my mirror. Sitting in my workshop frustrated over the thought of having to buy yet another new mirror while taking a part old hard drives for the magnets I noticed how shiny the platters were, as is my style to design things based around my warrior spirit (or as my cousin jokingly calls it "Warrior Punk"):
Warrior's Talon Claw Shaving Mirror "UNBREAKABLE"
Step 1: Materials
Materials and Tools:
Old hard drive (Be sure to check the platters to ensure you are working with the aluminum kind, not the glass or ceramic)
Dremel cutting discs
Drill or drill press
Razor blade or hobby knife
Step 2: The Platter Cut!
Wow! These platters are really shiny, the only problem is they pick up fingerprints and dirt like crazy. however after doing a bunch of research (most are typically made of Aluminum however some older and high end discs are made of glass or ceramic when working with these please take proper precaution as you would any materials i.e. respirators and skin guards) these platters are made of aluminum and coated with carbon which means they are virtually unbreakable to my typical gym bag abuse. The fact the have micro grooves gave me an idea how to use this as a mirror.
Step 1: Clean the platters of any fingerprints, dirt, dust, or debris
Step 2: Get some nice clear masking tape and play both sides of the front and back
Step 3: Using a razor, sharp blade, or hobby knife cut each edge clean of tape
Step 4: Draw your talons claw design with a marker on to the tape
Step 5: Cut your design out with a Dremel cutting disc; Once you have the rough cut done, start cleaning up the rest of the edges till they are nice and smooth
Step 3: Cleaning and Protecting the Claw
Step 6: The next step we have to do is to peel back the remaining tape and clean it up with some goo gone
Step 7: To avoid fingerprint build up, fogginess, and scratches, we need to laminate the claw. However we need to clean any remaining goo gone left on the platter to aide the adhesiveness of the glue. Use some glass cleaner to accomplish this.
Step 8: Using the rag; place your freshly cleaned claw into a laminating pouch and run it through your laminator a couple of times. TIP: If you don't have a laminator or it's not setup to pass really thick objects through it, you can use a clothes iron and any laminating pouch from an office supply store with a piece of cardboard and aluminum foil.
Step 4: The Finishing Touches!
Step 9: Before we cut out the claw we need to drill some holes for the Sugru to make a handle with.
Step 10: Now it's time to cut the unused portion of the laminate, and trimming the claw flush of any rough edges.
Step 11: Finally you need to Sugru a handle making sure to get it in to each of a little holes and around the edges. Using your favorite cross hatch pattern design a grip that will serve the purpose of holding the mirror in the shower.
Now you have a great little mirror for getting a clean shave almost anywhere; plus you have a nice little visual deterrent to keep away those weird locker room lurkers.
One of the things that I've noticed is the edges of the laminate look like they might eventually start to peel back, The next time I paint a bike or car I might remove the laminate and try a high speed crystal clear coat, the laminate worked great for two shaves so far but I'd like to see how high speed urethane works on a mirrored surface for a more permanent solution rather than peeling and replacing the laminate every so often.