backpack made out of plastic mirror

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backpack made out of plastic mirror

Post by jwpattr » Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:08 am

I found some plastic mirror material at my local plastics supplier and decided that it would be great to make one of these paper crafting backpacks out of the mirror material. The material is about 1/16 of an inch thick. It looks exactily like real glass mirror and comes with a thin plastc covering to keep it from getting scratched. The material not very flexible and will snap if you bend it too far. I've found that it can be heated and bent like most other plastic. However, the heat will tend to ruin the mirror effect of the area heated up. I was told by the salesman that he plastic mirror was made of a composite of three layers, a backing, a VERY thin metal/mylar layer, covered by hard clear acrylic layer. Here are some pictures of the material itself:
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mirror with protective sheet peeled back
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mirror with protective sheet peeled back
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side of a piece of plastic mirror
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side of a piece of plastic mirror
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Front showing half of mirror covered with protective sheet and half without
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Front showing half of mirror covered with protective sheet and half without
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Dull gray backing of mirror
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Dull gray backing of mirror
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You might not want to take my spare parts - you don't know where they have been!! ;)

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Re: backpack made out of plastic mirror

Post by jwpattr » Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:20 am

Here are some completed photos of the backpack:
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Re: backpack made out of plastic mirror

Post by jwpattr » Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:40 am

I used a cutting wheel on a dremmel tool to cut the plastic mirror pieces out of the pattern posted here (I removed the tabs from the pattern pieces). Then I used CA and zip kicker to glue it all together. On pieces that requred a great deal of bending to shape them, I simply used regular white styrene plastic and a heat gun to form the shapes. Then I used adhesive chrome covering from model airplanes to cover those types of styrene parts. Here are some photos of the tools used:
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Ruber cement used to hold pattern pieces to plastic while cutting.
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Ruber cement used to hold pattern pieces to plastic while cutting.
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various tools used
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various tools used
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used to cover styrene pieces that needed to be bent to shape.
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used to cover styrene pieces that needed to be bent to shape.
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Re: backpack made out of plastic mirror

Post by SiR-ROUND » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:37 am

Pretty cool!

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Re: backpack made out of plastic mirror

Post by groupleaderzeta » Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:06 am

looks great.
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Re: backpack made out of plastic mirror

Post by GoldCylon » Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:00 am

Knock it out of the park using that material. I have seen this stuff before but never gave it much thought like the item you mentioned. I looked more at trying to bend it aka the helmet, and knew it wouldn't work so never tried it, but your back pack looks great.

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Re: backpack made out of plastic mirror

Post by Hand-Schaub » Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:22 pm

Looks great! A bit of chrome tape on the seams and pow - you got it!

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Re: backpack made out of plastic mirror

Post by Big Al » Sun Nov 20, 2011 1:39 am

:cylongold: Awesome Job...Looks great! :salute:
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