Infinity Mirror DIY Step by Step Guide (2019)
Step 1: Standard Mirror
Place the Standard Mirror on the bottom, with the reflective side facing towards the ceiling.
A standard mirror is just like the mirror hanging over your bathroom sink, which is a sheet of glass holding up an extremely thin layer of reflective metal.
For a more optical grade infinity mirror, you can use a First Surface Mirror.
A first surface mirror, also known as a front surface mirror, provides a more precise reflection. Thus, creating a more striking infinity effect.
Step 2: LED Lights
Place the LED Lights on top of the Standard Mirror. Normally, the lights point towards the middle. However, it is up to you how to place the lights!
LED lights work perfectly for infinity mirrors. The bright colors, efficient energy use, and long lasting wear creates the perfect light source for you infinity mirror project.
Step 3: Two Way Mirror
Place the Two Way Mirror on top of the LED lights. It is crucial that you put the reflective side facing downwards, and the transparent side facing the ceiling (outwards).
A glass two way mirror is 70% reflective, and 11% transparent for optimal privacy. It is flatter than acrylic, and durable. Since one side is transparent, you can see through it while the other side looks like a regular, reflective mirror.
The privacy can be further enhanced by applying a semi-opaque window tint to the glass side.
There are also acrylic two way mirrors. These can come in a variety of colors, and are more lightweight.
If you ever wanna test a mirror to see if it’s transparent, what you need to do is block the light around you and try to peer through. A bright flashlight can help illuminate anything that might be behind the mirror.
You can also test to see if a mirror is a two way mirror by doing the fingernail test. Click on the video below to get a better understanding of the fingernail test!
Step 4: Adding the Frame
Finally, add the frame to your infinity mirror! You can use a customized frame, or even a shadow box.
Frames come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors! It’s up to you on which frame you would like to use for your project. You can simply buy a pre-built frame, aka a shadowbox. However, you need to be sure the lights and two mirror types will fit inside of it.
You could also build your frame from scratch! This will take more work, but you will be satisfied knowing you built your new infinity mirror all by hand!
For an idea of how to build your own frame, watch the video below!
Where can you find materials for infinity mirrors?
Below are links to recommended products!
Two Way Mirrors
Type: Acrylic Two Way Mirror
The acrylic two way mirror is stronger than glass so there is less fear of breakage. It provides excellent visibility through the mirror, so it’s great for recording through. The acrylic two way mirror closely matches a standard mirror compared to a glass two way mirror. It is also much easier to modify if you need to cut or drill into it before installation.
Type: Two Way Mirror Film
Turns glass to 2-way mirrors. It’s 80% Reflective, 5% Transparent. Easy installation. Cuts with scissors. Also, its inexpensive compared to glass.
Type: Beamsplitter Mirror
The reflective side has a tint-free mirror coating, and the backside has an anti-reflective coating to prevent a double image seen in cheap teleprompter glass known as “ghosting.” In addition to squares and rectangles, and they can be cut into different shapes.
These are my absolute favorites to add to my infinity mirror DIY projects.
Type: First Surface Mirror
A first surface mirror, also known as front surface mirror, has an optical grade mirror coating on top of the glass. It maximizes reflection and minimizes distortion. First surface mirrors are ideal for applications that need a flawless reflection with no ghosting. A double-image is typical in standard mirrors (second surface mirror).
Customization frames to fit your infinity mirror, as well as the style of your home!