How does Infinity Mirrors Work?
An Infinity Mirror is a mirror illusion that has a pattern that goes on and on for eternity. You can easily make one or even purchase them online! Infinity Mirrors are designed to give the illusion that the lights within them are trailing off into the abyss, continuing forever into infinity and beyond.
This is achieved through the placement of your LED lights between the two glass mirror panels.
Infinity mirrors create an optical illusion of a long tunnel. It used two mirrors, a regular standard mirror or a first surface mirror, and a two-way mirror. Once you combine those with LED lights, you have yourself an infinity mirror.
How to make your own DIY Infinity Mirror
It’s quite simple to make a DIY Infinity Mirror Project if you were to know-how. Below you will find a step-by-step guide to create your very own project.
Creating an Infinity Mirror project is easy if you were to know-how. The materials you’ll need to make your infinity mirror successfully are: A two-way mirror (of Two-way mirror film), a frame, LED Lights, and a standard mirror.
Infinity Mirrors are designed to give the illusion that the lights within them are trailing off in the abyss, continuing forever into infinity and beyond. This is where the Infinity Mirror gets its name. This is achieved through the placement of your LED lights between the glass two-way mirror panels.
It takes two perfectly parallel mirrors positioned across from one another to achieve this visual effect. If one is slightly out of place, you will instead have your lights curving endlessly to one side or the other.
The front mirror is often half-silvered, also known as a one-way mirror, which allows a certain percentage of transparency to show through and permit light to be fully emitted.
Alternatively, the use of Infinity Mirror Film in replacement of the two-way mirror is common. Infinity Mirror Film can be applied with a window film installation kit.
In this video, we demonstrated making a cheap Amazon table into a DIY Infinity Mirror!
Choosing the Best Glass
When it is finally time for you to start your project, you’re going to need to find the right kind of glass mirrors to use to achieve the infinite tunnel illusion.
First and foremost is picking your Two Way Mirror glass or film, and also the standard mirror. Two Way Mirrors are known as semi-transparent mirrors, meaning 70% of the light will be reflected while 11% is transparent. The distance between the two parable mirrors can significantly impact the overall effect and look of the illusion’s depth.
Below is a list of mirror options you can use as the top layer for your infinity mirror setup.
Glass Two Way Mirror
The Glass Two Way Mirror is excellent to use if you want minimal ghosting in the infinity effect and you want the viewer to see the infinity without seeing themselves at the same time. The result is a dark, twisty infinity with a lot of depth. As if you were in an endless tunnel of illusions.
- 70 % reflective, 11% transparent
- Best for most infinity mirror illusions
- It can be tempered and laminated or both
Acrylic Two Way Mirror
The Acrylic Two Way Mirror is ideal for projects that need a more durable mirror and less likely to break. Avoid it for larger projects because it will create a funhouse effect.
- 70% reflective, 30% transparent
- Max size recommended is 12″ x 24″ for 1/8″ thickness
- Max size recommended is 24″ x 48″ for 1/4: thickness
Infinity Mirror Film
Infinity Mirror Film is a directional two way mirror film that’s a mirror on one side and non-reflective on the other. Unlike traditional mirror films, which are reflective in both directions, infinity mirror film provides clear viewing with no glare. Infinity mirror film can be used on clear glass to create an infinity mirror.
The film is a great budget option, but notice that the mirror quality is much foggier, not as crisp as the glass and acrylic options.
- Easy installation (window film installation kit)
- Cut with scissors
- Inexpensive compared to glass
- Turns glass into a two way mirror
Colored Acrylic Two Way Mirror
The Colored Acrylic Two Way Mirror is just fun! Imagine all of the possibilities with these color tints. You can have any color mirror you want to match any room or space.
- Fun Colors for the unique effect
- Comes in 1/8″ thickness
- Colors include: Red, Orange, Gold, Green, Blue, Pink, Purple, Grey, and Bronze
Glass Smart Mirror
The Glass Smart Mirror is excellent for projects that require switching the mirror effect when the lights off so that it is a regular mirror. A Glass Two Way Mirror will appear like a dark tinted glass when the lights are off.
- 70% reflective, 30% transparent
- It can be tempered and laminated or both!
The Dielectric Mirror also can provide an infinity illusion. This glass would be excellent for projects that need a larger clear glass case then utilize only a portion of the mirror for an infinity effect.
- 45% reflective, 55% transparent
- It can be tempered and laminated or both!
For Instance, this Lego Millennium Falcon Coffee Table could be encased in the Dielectric Glass and then on the bottom for the infinity elevator. The glass floor would be seamless, and the Lego would appear to be sitting in the mirror. One would need to add the LED stripes and the standard mirror to the bottom of the coffee table and paint the bottom black to achieve this effect.
Choosing the Best Standard Mirror for the Bottom Layer
One huge advantage to use Acrylic on the bottom layer is if you want to add a unique shape inside. Acrylic is easy to drill into, so you can hide the wires and plug it in seamlessly. For the bottom layer, any of the semi-transparent two way mirrors can be used to get a wide variety of special effects.
The Custom Mirror has an excellent chrome polish that allows light to surround a room to create the effect of a large space. Brighten up your room by letting natural light bounce throughout your area.
First Surface Mirror
The Glass First Surface Mirror has an optical grade mirror coating on the top of the glass, minimizing distortion for the best reflection possible. Ideal to use when you want to avoid double images or ghosting appearance than standard mirrors possess.
Acrylic First Surface Mirror
The Acrylic First Surface Mirror has a mirror coating on top of the glass instead of the bottom compared to standard mirrors. This mirror prevents ghosting, and a double image-standard mirror provides.
Choosing the Best Lighting & Frame Options
You can’t achieve your perfect illusion without picking your lights! LED lights provide quick and convenient results when applying them to your mirror display.
LED Lights are a must-have when you create your Infinity Mirror since that is a big part of the illusion. With their small size, LED lights are easy to measure to the length you need and cut down to size for your piece’s frame. They come in a variety of options in both size and color. You can purchase single-colored, multicolored, and remote-controlled colored LEDs. Some can even pair with Alexa or Google Home for voice command and app-controlled features.
Inevitably, choosing which lighting would be best for your next project comes down to what you’re looking at. Any LED Light stripe with work, but we recommend using a very bright light strip.
If you’re content with a predefined size, the IKEA Ribba is the right choice for an inexpensive frame. Alternatively, you can purchase shadowbox frames molding. You can make this simple by buying a pre-made shadow box with an inch depth within the frame for ample space to display your lights. The only adjustment you’ll need to make is carving out a slot for your battery to pack its wires out of your frame.
If you’re more of an adventurous designer, you can build your frame from scratch. You will need to grab additional materials to do this type of custom framing for your mirror display, starting with the kind of wood you want to work with using. We chose to keep things simple and utilize a pre-made frame to save time during our building process.
Check out this video on creating or purchasing the perfect shadowbox frame for your Infinity Mirror project.
Building your infinity mirror is the fun part of the process. First, you need to know-how. Watch this helpful video which is the ultimate guide on how to build your own Infinity Mirror. From where and how to choose your frame to even creating your own. This video will tell you the type of equipment you will need if you plan to build your structure and control the lights within the infinity mirror.
Once you know all the steps of building an infinity mirror, the possibilities are endless! You can do whatever you want! You can make your infinity mirror clothing, tables, or even jewelry and accessories.
Two Way Mirror Film
The Two Way Mirror film used for any Illusion is a directional one way mirror film. This has a mirror on one side with a non-reflective on the other side. You can use this film for all of the projects above! All you need to do is apply this with a film solution on clear glass, and this will transform the glass into a two way mirror. The film is excellent for budget projects!
Types of Infinity Mirrors
There are so many different types of Infinity Mirrors, from dresses to tail lights! The illusions and possibilities are endless.
Bottomless Pit Illusion
This Mirror Illusion consists of a standard infinity mirror, but along the sides are a rocky texture vinyl that gives the illusion of a pit that never seems to end.
Infinity Mirror Chess Set
The Infinity Mirror Chess set is an Infinity Mirror below the actual board, and the spots can be created by sandblasting or etching of the glass. The illusion is super neat and brings chess to another level!
Infinity Mirror Beer Pong
The Infinity Mirror Beer Pong table is standard but built into an Infinity Mirror. Just replace the standard mirror with a two way, pop some LEDs in there, then use a standard mirror on the bottom; add in a battery pack, and you are good to go for a Saturday night.
Infinity Mirror Hypercube
The Infinity Mirror Hypercube is my personal favorite! When you look into it, it’s as if you are looking into another world, another galaxy. There is nothing like this. It is a “must need” for any space.
Infinity Mirror PC Case
Yes, you heard it right. A PC Case, but into an Infinity Mirror. The PC Case is a “Must Need” item that looks great in any office!
Infinity Mirror Dress
The one we have all been waiting for, The Infinity Mirror Dress! The dress is a wearable dress that has small circles of Infinity Mirrors!
Infinity Mirror Kaleidoscope
The Infinity Mirror Kaleidoscope is super fun and easy to make! This illusion is one of the smaller ones and so worth it to try out!
Infinity Mirror Room
Image an Infinity Mirror, but full size which you can walk in and look around and see nothing but an Infinity of you and the lights!
Dodecahedron Infinity Mirror
Image a Hypercube, but with 12 sides. The Infinity Mirror Dodecahedron is on the top of the list for Infinity Mirror Projects, and it takes the cake for an illusion!
Infinity Mirror Table
The Infinity Mirror Table is a great project. If you are looking for a cheaper project, you can order a cheap glass table from Amazon and transform it into your dream table!
Infinity Mirror Cube
The Infinity Mirror Cube is a smaller mirror illusion, you can make one following a DIY Guide, or you can order one from Amazon!
Infinity Mirror Tail Lights
Many people are getting very creative with DIY Infinity Mirrors like Tail Lights! Yes, that’s right. The only downside to this is that you will need your mirrors to be specially cut for the taillight size and shape.
Ceiling Infinity Mirror
The Ceiling Infinity Mirror brings infinity to another level. Imagine having a ceiling that’s an Infinity Mirror and just looking at that every night. Now, that’s taking the illusion to another level.
How To Make An Infinity Mirror - Top DIY Projects
In this video, Hannah demonstrates how to make your own DIY Infinity Mirror using a one way mirror—using a cheap but awesome Amazon table to turn it into a DIY Infinity Mirror table using a tempered two way mirror. Hannah also shows some of the other DIY Infinity Mirror projects such as Chess Set, a pumpkin, and so much more!
How To Make A Cheap Infinity Mirror
Krista goes through all the tools and supplies you need to get started with your DIY Infinity Mirror Project. She shows us how an infinity mirror is put together with the two way mirror, LED Lights, and the First Surface Mirror. If you are getting started on your project, then this is the video for you.
Infinity Mirror Film for Hypercube & Dodecahedron Projects
Jessica shows us how to make an Infinity Mirror with Infinity Film, pro-level tips, and LED Lighting. She tells us more about the film and what it is used for. Throughout the video, Jessica shows us some projects that they have used the film for!
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Matrix Infinity Mirror DIY Project
In this video, Jessica shows us an Infinity Mirror but with the theme of the Matrix. She goes through all the parts, the step-by-step guide, and so much more!
Infinity Mirrors EXPLAINED: different Effects You Can Make
In this video, Krista explains different Infinity Mirror Effects you can create with the same steps. She goes through all the effects that they have created to give us a full run down.
Infinity Mirror Quick Live Demo
In this video, Krista shows us a live demo on Infinity Mirrors. They put together a bunch of cool projects to show the ins and outs.
Infinity Mirror Guide: How to Choose The Perfect Glass
Harley goes over exactly what an Infinity Mirror looks like, along with the perfect glass to choose for your project. She explains the difference between various types of transparent mirrors on the market.