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Old 01-12-2007, 12:07 AM
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Mirrors found in homes: I just finished doing the finishing touches on a bathroom I was doing for a customer....I relocated a mirror they had in the bathroom and introduce two others. I didn't know mirrors come in different strengths or powers, what causes this? I always thought a mirror was a mirror unless the glass had shape to it or a mirror was installed on a screwy wall. Is this a manufacture thing or can one order mirrors with different powers to them?
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Old 01-12-2007, 12:28 AM
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JUST LIKE EYE GLASS(sorry for caps)A Mirror finish is just on the back side of the glass.Remember the mirrors at the fair?Just different types of glass..If you ever get to see 2-way glass you'll understand that it's a flim on regular(clear)glass>Glass comes in a very wide range of styles>>Shower doors , house windows,car windows,bullet proof,hurricance proof,eye glasses,etc...etc...Hope this helps
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Old 01-12-2007, 04:16 AM
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mirrors are normal float glass with a silver backing.
I own a business that manufactures mirror wardrobe doors & vanity mirrors.
Mirrors will be different in reflection depending on who has done the silver backing.
Most of our mirrors which We buy in Large sheets are backed with silver in china from the one company and the reflection can be brighter or duller depending on who has supplied the silver backing.
Its not the glass, its the silver stuff on the back.
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Exactly what effect are you seeing?
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As per agreed design I had made up a seamless (cut, welded, grind & polished out) SS frame to accommodate 3 independent mirrors @ 22" x 66" to look like one big framed mirror which was flush mounted on an open wall for practical use plus as a design element. Well the two new mirrors showed a person standing closer to the mirror then the original mirror the customer had, it was like the person was magnified. I eventually replaced the customer's mirror with a third new piece of mirror. I did find the new mirrors to have brighter and sharper imaging to them as well then the original did.
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Exactly what effect are you seeing?
He's seeing a tall, goofy, ugly guy with long hair and two lobsters in a Ziplock bag...
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redneck joe - 1/12/2007 7:18 AM

Exactly what effect are you seeing?
He's seeing a tall, goofy, ugly guy with long hair and two lobsters in a Ziplock bag...
BADA-BING!!!!!!
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Never heard of power mirrors? Sorry, couldn't resist
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Old 01-12-2007, 09:22 PM
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ever hear of magneficaton(sp)glass,??Put a mirror(silver backing)(Buulspit)on back of it and you have distored images>>Look up mirror backings and glass in general and you will find out.Remember the mirrors that women us to put on make-up tHE BACKINGS ON MIRRORS IS WAY MORE THAN 1 PART SILVER!!!!
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You can not see a witch in a mirror.
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Old 01-12-2007, 11:53 PM
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As per agreed design I had made up a seamless (cut, welded, grind & polished out) SS frame to accommodate 3 independent mirrors @ 22" x 66" to look like one big framed mirror which was flush mounted on an open wall for practical use plus as a design element. Well the two new mirrors showed a person standing closer to the mirror then the original mirror the customer had, it was like the person was magnified. I eventually replaced the customer's mirror with a third new piece of mirror. I did find the new mirrors to have brighter and sharper imaging to them as well then the original did.

I thought you were refering to quality of reflection.
Different distances in the mirror has nothing to do with the backing, it is either the thickness of the glass or the quality of the glass used.
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As per agreed design I had made up a seamless (cut, welded, grind & polished out) SS frame to accommodate 3 independent mirrors @ 22" x 66" to look like one big framed mirror which was flush mounted on an open wall for practical use plus as a design element. Well the two new mirrors showed a person standing closer to the mirror then the original mirror the customer had, it was like the person was magnified. I eventually replaced the customer's mirror with a third new piece of mirror. I did find the new mirrors to have brighter and sharper imaging to them as well then the original did.

I thought you were refering to quality of reflection.
Different distances in the mirror has nothing to do with the backing, it is either the thickness of the glass or the quality of the glass used.
Out of curiosity dazz, would you care to take a guess at would a thicker glass give a mirror (per say) more magnification or less? I mean the difference wasn't a little, it was more then enough to say "this just won't do!", it was that noticeable. The imaging in the new mirrors was several inched larger at 2 ft.
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I am by no means a scientist.
Glass is made up of the chemical compound SiO2 and God knows what ever else they put in glass.
I would guess if you had two different thickness mirrors with the exact same chemical composition the thicker mirror would be more magnified than the thinner one.

I said 'Guess'
I failed chemistry you know.
If i'm wrong i'm wrong, this is just my opinion based on my observations working with mirror and conversations I have had with my mirror suppliers.

By the way I have never noticed that much difference in mirrors before. But I only work with new mirror.
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Doncha know anything.



Objects in mirrors are always closer that they appear.
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