Remember those mind-blowing Infinity mirrors from novelty stores of the 1970s? The MIST8KE Geek of Nature series shows you how you can create your own, and it’s a lot easier than you may think thanks to advancements made in LED technology.
The materials needed include the following: a roll of LED strip lights, available online and at lighting specialty stores; a piece of car window tint film sold in most auto supply stores; and a framed mirror with an outer glass covering that has sufficient depth to accommodate the LED strip, sold at most home goods stores.
Find a frame with a glass cover and a mirror that fits inside the frame with enough room between the mirror and glass to accommodate an LED strip, approximately one inch. Clean the mirror and the glass thoroughly to ensure they are free of lint. Cut the auto window tint film to the size of the outer glass and apply it to the inner side of the glass, facing the mirror, then smooth it out with a credit card or similar object with a flat, straight edge. Secure the glass in the frame and apply the LED strip to its perimeter, running the power cord through a notch cut into the frame. Finally, replace the mirror and secure it in place with furniture tacks. Plug it in and see how the tinted glass reflects the lights back into the mirror to create an illusion of depth that seems to extend to infinity.
You can also use this technique to create a simple illuminated mirror by using LED rope lights instead of an LED strip and omitting the tinted glass. Have some fun experimenting with a circular mirror or various other shapes and color-changing LEDs. Use audio-sensitive lights to create a club vibe in your own living room. You can even transform everyday items such as coffee tables into stunning works of art.
Needless to say, with a few basic materials and a little imagination, you can create your own infinity light or illuminated mirror that looks just as great as those costing hundreds of dollars. Whichever you choose, it’s sure make your room look dyno-mite.