The product list (All AU pricing):
– MONITOR (I used a 27 inch monitor) (used – $100 or less)
– RASPBERRY PI ($67)
– HDMI cord, charger for Pi, mouse and keyboard (wireless is preferable) ($10)
– Micro SDHC card ($8) – Wireless mouse + keyboard ($20)
– A SHEET OF GLASS (Free or $20 – go to your local second hand store)
– 1 WAY MIRROR MATERIAL ($29 from Bunnings)
– see example: www.bunnings.com.au/pillar-products-0-9-x-2m-mirror-tinted-window-film_p3961895- 4 x WOODEN PLANKS (longer length for the sides) (the cedar planks cost a bit more for me at $14 ea (I'm sure you can find cheaper) – $56)
– 4 x WOODEN PLANKS (shorter length for the top – $56 or less)
– I used cedar planks because they are light and already had semi-routed edges
– VARNISH ($20ish)
– SAND PAPER & FILLER ($5? + $10)
– MITRE BOX & SAW ($10)
– CLAMPS ($20ISH?)- PICTURE HANGING KIT ($5)
Total – $436 AU
I was able to reuse some stuff from friends/around the house so it cost me about $150-$200.
I'm 100% sure there are ways to make this a hell of a lot cheaper, so keep that in mind if you want to do a similar project and just use this as a base guide.
Also there's the Australia tax which means stuff costs us about 10x more than it should in most cases..
The whole forum is filled with answers and inspirational photos of other people completing their Magic Mirrors, too.
If you don't have that luxury:
1. Get your piece of glass & lay it out on the floor. Clean it like a mofo.
2. Make sure you get some kind of window lubricant (usually comes with the one way mirror sticker) & spray the glass down.
3. Peel back the film & start laying it down.
4. Don't fret if there's heaps of bubbles. Use something that looks like that yellow instrument in the pic to assassinate them. Try removing the bubbles slow and steady, but apply a bit of pressure as well. If you screw up, that's fine… Just lift up the film, spray the glass a bit more and try it again.
It's 25 minutes, but just watch it if you are like me & are not experienced. It's the exact frame that I made.
The basic concept of the frame is as follows:
1. Glue the wood in pairs like above. All you need is wood glue & clamps for this.
2. Once dried, measure the sets of wood (+ bleed) against the corners of the mirror. IMPORTANT: the mirror needs to sit INSIDE the frame, I chose to sit the mirror 17mm inside the frame, and measured accordingly)
3. Once you have wood measurements – cut the frame using your MITRE BOX. If you are cutting the left side of the frame, the top cut should look like this " ". The bottom cut should look like this " / "
4. When you cut all four corners, sand them back so they fit in nicely (you'll see how I screwed up in a few pics from now)
5. Glue the corners together with wood glue, and drill the pieces together (I decided to drill vertically so the screws would not be visible to anyone looking at the frame from the side)
tl;dr I'm an idiot. When you clamp, make sure you don't clamp on an angle!
You can get a million different types of varnish. I opted for Cabot's water based stain & varnish – acorn look. It's a bit less intense than walnut, but still gives a deep enough colour to look cool. Your local hardware store will help you with this.
Make sure you prop the frame on something and varnish away. I did one coat, left it to sit for 2 hrs, another small coat and then I did a light sanding (240 grit). Probably safer to do the varnishing before you put the mirror in, but where's the fun in that?
Get some wire & hooks from your picture hanging kit and drill it into the back of the frame in order to lock in the monitor.
A simple solution that I found works quite well is putting a sheet of paper behind the mirror. You cannot see the paper at all from the front – but it makes the mirror look awesome.
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