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    I see some supply places, like Wildwood, offer mirrored plastic in various colors. My question is, would the clear mirrored plastic work as a substitute for a glass mirror? I'm thinking this would be a good and cheap alternative to getting mirrored glass custom cut at a glass shop, but wonder how clear the reflection is with this material.

    Thanks in advance!
    Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter. Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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    HI Bill, I was just doing the same thing. I ordered some. and the clearity, is wonderfull. and in differant colores too. I haven't cut into them yet. but was amazed at the buty of them. Evie

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    • #3
      Thanks Evie, that's what I wanted to hear. I don't have any projects in the works yet, but have been eyeing some mirror wall hanging/shelf type patterns to make for Christmas gifts this year. The mirrors don't have to have the createst clarity, my wife won't be using it to apply eye makeup or anything like that. I was just hoping that the image was clear and not too distorted.
      Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter. Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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      • #4
        Bill I bet your wife could use them to put on makeup. they are great. BUT , be cairfull. you don't wont to scratch the backs. they are only 1'x1' so not sure if its cheaper to use. but love the colors. Evie

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        • #5
          Bill I forgot. you know, you don't have to only use them for mirror replacements. you can use them for your backer board thingies. on your other works. instead of wood. that looks great. and you can cut it in the last stack cuttings. Evie Ps they glue up great. but i would put some felt or wood behind that. after your done.
          Last edited by minowevie; 08-16-2006, 02:50 PM.

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          • #6
            Yes, you can use the acrylic mirror in place of the glass mirror. It cuts good with a flying D polar blade, and wont fuse itself back together.Evie is correct, dont scratch the coating on the backside, as that is what makes it a mirror. If your worried about scratching it, put a layer of posterboard under it as you cut it. If you need to glue it to your wood after finishing, theres a product called (i think) E-6000 in a tube at most big box stores by the adhesives. It works great for sticking acrylic to finished wood.Also, you can buy the acrylic mirror in many redily available sizes,not just 12 by 12's. Go ahead and give it a shot, you will happy with the results. Dale
            One more plus to it.... its much lighter!
            Dale w/ yella saws

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            • #7
              I haven't cut any yet but I have access to some highly polished metal that is used for fluorescent light fixtures. It is covered with a reflective film.
              The Toymakers Society is using it to make unbreakable hand mirrors.
              The material is free from contractors who specialize in energy savings. It may be worth looking into.
              CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
              "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
              Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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              • #8
                I've used the mirrored plastic a few times. Cuts wonderfully and the reflection is very good. I put a layer of blue painters tape or shelf lining paper on the back while cutting to keep it from getting scrathed.
                Dee

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