Infinity mirrors are awesome. They’re great conversation pieces, and even more fun to stare into forever and ever and ever and ever… They can be tricky to build, but there’s actually a really easy way to do it, and [William] shows us how.
The way a infinity mirror works is it uses a one-way mirror with lights around the perimeter in front of a regular mirror. The majority of the light gets bounced back and forth between the two mirrored surfaces, and because you can see into the one-way mirror, you get that really cool infinity effect.
Now if you went out and bought a one way mirror, built the frame, and put it all together — it’d be a lot of work. But there’s an easier way to do it on the cheap. Mirrored car tint foil. Although it’s illegal on your car in most states, it’s still pretty easy to find.
Take a nice shadowbox frame from an art store, with enough depth to allow for a strip of RGB LEDs.
Apply the car tint to the inside of the glass pane. Find a mirror of the same size to place behind the frame.
Glue it all together, and you’re ready to rock.
If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, why not make an infinity mirror clock?
Or how about an LED matrix infinity mirror?
Or maybe a portal for your hackerspace?