“It is when you lose sight of yourself, that you lose your way. To keep your truth in sight you must keep yourself in sight and the world to you should be a mirror to reflect to you your image; the world should be a mirror that you reflect upon.”
C. Joybell C.
How do Infinity Mirrors Work?
Lights. Reflection. ACTION! When the first surface mirror and two-way mirror are placed correctly, (which we will discuss, soon!) the light source will bounce between the reflective surfaces. On the partially transparent side of the two way mirror, some of the light escapes, which is the light you see from the outside.
Lets Discuss Details
Infinity mirrors consist of three materials:
- A standard, first surface mirror
The first surface mirror has no transparency. Therefore, it goes on the bottom face-up so the light beams are able to bounce off quickly and sharply.
- A light source (we like to use LED lights)
The lights will bounce between the two reflective surfaces. Therefore, they will go between the mirrors.
- A Two-way mirror (70% reflective, 11% transparent)
Lastly, we have a two way mirror. You need a two way mirror because it is 70% reflective, and 11% transparent. The light will bounce off of the reflective side, but it will seek through the transparent side. Thus, allowing us to see the light and the infinity illusion.
Once you have the materials, you are able to see the reflections from the two different mirrors. Now that you know the science behind the project, all you have to do is build it!
How to Create an Infinity Mirror
Place the first surface mirror up-right (where the mirror is facing the ceiling)
Place the lights in whatever shape/way/format you want on top of the mirror. You can use clear tabs/tape to help hold the lights in place if you find that useful.
Place the two way mirror on top. MAKE SURE to have the transparent side facing the ceiling, and the reflective side facing the lights. This will allow you to see inside the mirror, and allow the lights to have a reflective surface to bounce off of.
For Reference: Watch these videos!
In this video, Krista from Two Way Mirrors shows us how to create an Infinity Mirror! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOtzyehAZ7w
- Examples of Infinity Mirrors:
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