Two way mirrors are built for one reason and one reason alone, and that is security. Whether it is used in an interrogation rooms, groceries, shops, homes or what not the reason is to be able to look at suspects without them identifying you. And it is ideal to have a 2-way mirror for security purposes; acquiring one will cost you a certain amount. But that does not mean you cannot have a 2-way mirror to make your office, home, or your shop safer.
The beauty of 2-way mirrors, despite its great usefulness and seemingly complex nature, it is actually possible to make one. To create one does not require you to forge a giant mirror or go to a mirror smelting pot. There are crafty and ingenious ways to make your own 2-way mirror. Here are some tips on how make a 2-way mirror.
- Before you look into the mirror. To make your own 2-way mirror, you must have the right gear and ingredients to pull this off properly. Get a picture frame with glass. The ideal size is 18 inches by24 inches. You should also have a roll of auto glass reflective film and a squeegee that is 12 inches in width. As you can see, none of the materials needed involve getting a complicated machine or glass. This is so, so that you can make your own 2-way mirror with little or no hassle at all.
- The first step. Get the 18 inches by 24 inches picture frame. The first thing you should do is to remove the glass from the frame. Remove any decals, designs or labels that can be found on the glass. The idea here is to remove any marks in the glass’ surface. You can also use commercial window cleaner substance. Let the glass dry. Then wipe it some more to make sure there are no marks left.
- The second step. With the glass all cleaned up, the next thing you should do is to prepare the reflective glass film. Unfurl the entire film on a clear and clean surface. Then measure a strip equivalent to the 18 inches by 24 inches dimension of the glass you cleaned earlier. Always take care so you can avoid making marks and or creases on your reflective glass film. Cut and keep it as clean as possible.
- The third step. After cleaning your glass and cutting your reflective glass film, you can now proceed to the next step. The reflective glass film is made with a self adhesive. So gently stick the reflective glass film and smoothen it. The rubber squeegee will come in handy in removing wrinkles, creases and or air bubbles.
- The fourth step. Return the glass into its original place in the frame. But this time the side where you attached the reflective glass film should be facing out. The trick here is not to replace the cardboard on the back side of the frame. Hang the mirror in an area where you have an opening. This is where you can view from the opposite side of your mirror.
Making your own 2-way mirror need not be complex. All it takes is some planning and giving time to do it.