Two way mirror!

Spent the better part of an afternoon making a box for my Magic Mirror Mask, cutting an oval shape to make it look as it were really oval, and making the two way mirror! Still a ton of playing around and detailing left, but at least I have the overall base finished.

The two way mirror was accomplished by using a privacy window film from Gila. Essentially, if it is lighter on the outside the film acts like a mirror and will show a reflection and as soon as there is more light on the inside of the box it will expose the talking mask!

The film was straight forward to use, but I will caution on cleaning the glass VERY VERY well. I had a few particles stuck under the film and they did squeegee out, but in the process it scored the film. Ah
well. It adds the the overall look.. haha.

Still going to play around with the lighting a ton to get a clean effect! I am using a scary terry servo board to make the mouth sync to the sound from my ipod. I may use the right and left channels to control sound and lighting.. Have the right channel for the mouth movement and use the left channel to turn the lights on as soon as the mask starts talking and off once he stops.. Will be a lot of editing in audacity, but should add to the overall effect!

Sorry about all the noise in the background! My Wife was ten feet away working on bows and the sound was picked up by the camera! Haha!

6 Responses

  • Heartbreak Incarnate // // Reply

    this is freaken fantastic!

    • The Dismal Trader // // Reply

      Thank you! πŸ™‚ Still need to add a lot more to the front of the mirror to make it look like the one from the film, but the harder part is done!

  • Jim Wright // // Reply

    You inspire me to do better work! That’s one of the “clearer” two-way mirrors I’ve seen. When the light inside comes on, is it on a dimmer so it comes up slowly? (Is that even possible?)

    Great work! And I’ve never heard that much noise from someone making BOWS! Satin is usually pretty quiet. πŸ˜‰

    • The Dismal Trader // // Reply

      Hahaha! The plastic containers that hold all the fabric, etc can be quite noisy when one can’t find something!! haha!

      It could be possible, but not with what I have available! Technically I have the audio board which will activate the servo which makes the mouth go up and down or it will turn on a light when it hears noise and off when there is no sound, but I don’t want the light inside flashing on and off with the voice.. I want it to stay constant for a period of time, then dim to the inside light and turn the front one back on! A dimmer would be a good thing to look into in my next controller as well though! I’ll let you know what I come up with!!

  • Jim Wright // // Reply

    Haven’t heard from you in a while … how’s the mirror (and other projects) going?

    • The Dismal Trader // // Reply

      Haha!Saw this after my post, lol. Everything is going well except my Halloween props!! AHHHHH. Almost in full panic mode, but due to money/time I’m going to have to scale back. Still going to do Snow White, but I may just focus it all around the mirror!!

      How are you doing? πŸ™‚

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