Mirrors have gone a long way from just being a component in a vanity kit to becoming an important Architectural element. It’s widely used in interior design to liven up space and to lighten the atmosphere of a room. Feng Shui often utilize strategic placement of mirrors to deflect bad energy or ‘Chi’ or to capture luck.

Mirrors also play a vital role in the field of transportation making it the most useful accessory in vehicles. Without it, just imagine how chaotic traffic can be and how many accidents would have taken place. The fashion industry depends a lot on mirrors too! Make-up artists, models, and stylists need mirrors for their craft. Mirrors are also often used in entertainment most specially in creating illusions for magic shows.

We can never discount the role of mirrors for security purposes, convex and concave mirrors are used as surveillance tools which are not dependent on energy making it cost-effective. I’ve always been amazed with mirrors and often wondered what makes it reflect images back. So I decided to find out.

Much to my surprise, making mirrors is not rocket science at all. It’s actually very simple. Thanks to German Chemist Justus von Liebig, we now have one of man’s greatest inventions. Back in 1835, he applied a thin layer of metallic silver onto one side of a clear glass pane and voila_ the birth of modern mirror!