Huge first surface mirror

This is a huge high quality mirror I salvaged from the corpse of my folks’ old Mitsubishi rear-projection HDTV. Unlike the mirror in, say, your bathroom, it is silvered on the front surface, instead of the back. A front-silvered mirror is much easier to scratch, but it is also more desirable for optical purposes because light reflects off the silvering without having to be refracted through a layer of glass, first.

This one is trapezoidal, and measures four feet on the long edge, three feet on the short edge, and 27″ across the short dimension.

I was going to hang it on the wall, but it seems a waste of its unique properties. There ought to be some cool application for it. But I’m damned if I can think of what it might be. I don’t want to sell it on eBay because I don’t want to mess with packing and shipping it. Right now I’ve got it listed on Austin craigslist for $50, but so far I haven’t had any takers.

Suggestions, anyone?

2 thoughts on “Huge first surface mirror

  1. I had exactly the same problem with a slightly smaller mirror made for the same purpose. Who could trash such a nice thing? I ended up putting a simple frame on it and hung it above and behind my flatscreen, a sort of retro allusion.

    A couple well placed cuts allows folding into a large triangular wedge Kaleidoscope, a frustum.

    They are the right shape for mounting above a headboard at an angle, for watching TV while lying down.

  2. Small world! Thanks, Mark!

    I thought today that I might mount it above my workbench like a mirror
    in a TV cooking program kitchen. Might help to get overhead photos of
    stuff. That or hang it in the bathroom. You don’t realize how lousy
    the quality of your average residential mirror is until you have a
    giant first surface mirror to compare it to…

    Nice to hear from you. Hope you’re well!

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