Chat Gpt aided design
PROMPT: How can I brace a 36" x 36" round acrylic convex mirror in the back to keep the mirror from warping and easy to hang? I want to keep the support light weight.
ChatGPTTo brace a 36" x 36" round acrylic convex mirror in the back to keep it from warping and make it easy to hang, you can consider the following steps:
PROMPT: This is a good solution. I was considering using an adhesive to attache a square canvas stretcher to the back of the mirror. Would that have worked? (that's what I have on hand)
ChatGPTUsing a square canvas stretcher as a brace for the mirror is also a possible solution, but it may not be as effective as using a circular plywood or MDF board.
Canvas stretchers are designed to be lightweight and flexible, which may not provide enough support to prevent warping in a large mirror. Additionally, because the stretcher is rectangular, it may not distribute the weight of the mirror evenly, which could lead to uneven stress on the mirror and potentially cause warping.
If you do choose to use a canvas stretcher, make sure to select a high-quality stretcher that is made from sturdy materials and designed to support the weight of a large mirror. You may also want to consider adding additional support to the edges of the stretcher to ensure that it provides even support across the entire mirror.
Overall, while using a canvas stretcher as a brace is possible, using a circular plywood or MDF board may be a more effective and reliable solution for preventing warping in a large mirror.
PROMPT: The mirror is acrylic and very light. Less than 5 pounds. Does that revise the solution above?
ChatGPTIf the mirror is made of lightweight acrylic and weighs less than 5 pounds, you may be able to use a canvas stretcher as a brace instead of a circular plywood or MDF board.
To use a canvas stretcher, you can follow these steps:
PROMPT:Is there another light weight material that I can use to make a round or square support like the solutions suggested above behind the 36" x 36" lightweight acrylic convex mirror that can be attached to the back to keep the mirror from warping and attach D-ring hangers to it? Is there a good more lightweight material than wood or mdf?
ChatGPTYes, there are several lightweight materials that can be used as a support for your acrylic mirror besides wood or MDF. Here are some lightweight materials that you could consider:
PROMPT: Foamboard, cardboard, and corrugated plastic will not allow for a D-ring and will not give adequate rigidity for support. Would a frame constructed of PVC piping or a similar material work?
ChatGPTYes, a frame constructed of PVC piping or a similar lightweight material could work as a support for your acrylic mirror while also allowing for the attachment of D-ring hangers.
To create a PVC frame, you can follow these steps:
Make sure to use the appropriate size and thickness of PVC piping for your mirror's weight and size, and use strong adhesive and connectors to ensure that the frame is securely attached to the mirror.
PROMPT: Is there a material I can attach to the outside edge of the frame that will facilitate hanging and rigidity and be waterproof?
ChatGPTYes, there are several materials that you can attach to the outside edge of the PVC frame to facilitate hanging, increase rigidity, and make it waterproof.
One option is to use a silicone sealant to seal the outside edge of the frame. Silicone sealant is waterproof and will provide a smooth, waterproof surface that can be painted or left as is.
Another option is to use a strip of weather-resistant tape around the outside edge of the frame. This tape is often used to seal windows and doors and can be found at most hardware stores. It is easy to apply and can be cut to fit the size of your frame.
You could also consider using a PVC trim board or PVC molding to create a more decorative edge around the frame. PVC trim boards and moldings are waterproof and can be easily cut to size and attached to the outside edge of the frame using PVC cement.
Whatever material you choose, make sure that it is waterproof and able to withstand the weight of the mirror. It is also important to use appropriate adhesive or cement to attach the material to the frame.
My quick comments on the session:
For now, I found an old 24" convexo stretcher bar in my stash. I put it on the back of the piece and it will epoxy flush to a round area and give a good deal of support and not be seen from the side. I may situate it slightly higher than center to make it easier to wire and install and adjust on a wall. The wire will also make it easier for all of the venues I show in that have the acrylic rod wall art installation system. The wire is attached to the D-rings. I always use D-rings. They rule. You can splay them at an angle to give you more width or change the torque on the piece, if necessary. The round frame will eliminate torque from a wire.
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