Hey everyone! I am trying to make a laser vortex, and I am having an issue. I can cup my hands around the laser and see that it is making a circle. When I turn on my fog machine, and I walk to where I can see the laser, it is just a vertical line.
I am using a computer heatsink fan running at 12v / 1200 RPM, with a glued on piece of hot glue stick cut at 45 degrees, and a mirror glued to the angle.
The laser is a cheapy one I found at Target, it's a cat toy, and cost 3.99

I don't know if the laser is just too weak, or if I am standing too close, or on the wrong side?

I am facing the side where the mirror is, so I can see right where the laser is hitting the mirror.

Any help would be appreciated.

-Erik