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aboycemagic
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Hi everyone, where do you get the big mirrors necessary for mirror boxes and other big illusions? Thanks- Alex Boyce
Blair Marshall
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Mirrors???......who uses mirrors?

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James FX
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Can I get some smoke with them mirrors? Smile
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On 2011-12-10 16:17, aboycemagic wrote:
Hi everyone, where do you get the big mirrors necessary for mirror boxes and other big illusions? Thanks- Alex Boyce


Check in your city or nearest big city for a glass manufacturer. Otherwise, just google "custom mirror" and you'll find companies that can make you one.
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makeupguy
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Mine are cut from a place that sells Mirrored Closet doors.. and they're fiberglass backed.. and quite sturdy.
Blair Marshall
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I had pm'd a proper rsponse, but I do like the idea of fiberglass backed!!!

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Got mine from the same kind of place, makeupguy... then used liquid nails to fasten them to plywood both to make them more sturdy, and easier to attach to hinges.
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On 2011-12-11 16:06, James FX wrote:
Can I get some smoke with them mirrors? Smile


You know you can't smoke most anywhere nowadays?
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Try and get non breakable, plexi mirrors. They are much lighter and won't break.

You will find a few places selling them after a quick google search.

Best of luck.
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The only problem with plexi, that I have seen, is the bigger the piece (as asked for above) the greater the distortion. Not sure if there would be a good large application for it where distortion would not be an issue.

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Distortion occurs with plexi, as well as scratches. A true glass mirror is always going to produce a better image, as well. That said, for some smaller applications, plexi is fine. Generally, though, glass will serve you best.
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The first question has to be, how big is the mirror and you have to use it.
Plexi can be good, but only in small place.
Sometimes metal blade can be used (rvs highly polished).
But don't make it to difficult: the classic way is glass mirror
glued to plywood.
But take care to use a special glue(!!!), otherwise the silver back
of the mirror will disappear.
cc-magic
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The best way to mount a mirror is something called "mirror mastic". It's like Liquid Nails, but designed for mirrors. Very strong and works very well. Available at any hardware store.
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Liquid nails also carries a version used for mounting mirrors.. I've used the mirror mastic and the liquid nails for mirrors and they both work the same.. Liquid nails for mirrors are easier to find at any home depot or Lowes..

The Mirror Mastic stuff is generally only sold at glass or plexi type companies out our way..

I hope this helps..

I use plexi mirrors only to practic with .. It's easy to cut on a table saw and you can gaff tape it in to work out a project..

Then I call a glass company and have the real mirror cut ... I use 1/8" thick real mirror..

Works great.. Stay away from 2 Way mirror.. I did a project last year with it and it's a mess..

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James FX
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Good idea Taylor, to use plexi for practice or to work out the angles on a new project. As long as the plexi were to cost considerably less than glass. Anyone know the approximate cost ratio off hand?
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One point to add here. A mirror will always reflect an image that is slightly darker than the subject, which can be adjusted for with proper lighting (and failing such an adjustment, the setting may have a "something's not quite right" feel). A glass mirror reflects back approximately 98.4% of the light in a scene (94% is attributable to the silver backing and 4.4% to the glass in front of it). Because plastic mirror has no glass, its reflectance is approximately 94%, so plastic mirror will always provide a darker image, and thus require greater lighting correction. I didn't want to turn this into a science lesson, but I thought it was another reason why one should opt for glass whenever possible.
James FX
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Hmmm, something to consider. Thanks JVHarrison.
Michael Berends
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I've been around and have worked in the glass indstry my entire life. Thought I'd add a couple thngs in this post.

If you are getting a mirror cut by a glass company, ask them to "arise" (air-is) the edges for you. This will get rid of all the sharp edges and will give the edge a dull color that will help with some of the glint you get from the edges.

Also, I've found that mounting mirors with silicone is a great method. If you ever have to remove the mirror and replace it. You can make a cutter that consists of 2 wooden handles and a piece of thin "music wire". Much like a cheese slicer. You place the wire between the mirror and it's mounting surface and just slice it off!!! easy as that. This is really hard when using Mirrormastic and other HARD adhesives.

Also the fiberglass that you get on the back of the mirror comes on a roll and is self adhesive. It's used as a safety device if the mirror does break. Keeps all the pieces together and doesn't let big shards fly off.

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