Handmade tapered parlor kaleidoscope (2019-1-121) mounted on a medium sized piece of sodalite. The glass for the scope was specially selected to match the beautiful colors of the sodalite.
A hole bored into the top of the stone allows the kaleidoscope to be rested on the stone for display or use. The kaleidoscope can be picked up and used like a hand-held scope by removing it from the mounting hole. This shape produces 3 dimensional spherical mandalas that appear to project towards the viewer. Each of the two wheels integrates individually wrapped and soldered semi-precious small stones, stained glass and multi-fiori glass beads.
I personally made this Kaleidoscope in my home-based studio in Papillion, Nebraska in Jan 2019. I started making kaleidoscopes in earnest in 2015 after many years doing regular stained glass work. I enjoy making kaleidoscopes believing that they are the kind of item that can be handed down from generation to generation.
This kaleidoscope (2019-1-121) is constructed with 3 front surface mirrors in a 30-75-75 degree. This mirror configuration makes 12 images or a 6 point star which is one of my favorites since the varieties much more interesting.
One my favorite stones to use in these wheels is moss agate which is translucent and provides a wispy element to the mandalas. (The mandalas are the patterns that you will see through the scope.) Since there are two wheels with different elements in each wheel, each wheels can be rotated to provide a whole different set of mandala variations. Also integrated into the wheels are various clear patterned glass that provides interesting variations in the mandala displays. This scope has been finished in a black antiqued solder look with decorative solder techniques to provide and interesting look to the scope as it sits on your shelf.
The scope is finished with polish and all solder surfaces are coated with a clear oil-based polyurethane/lacquer coating. This scope is signed,dated on the bottom with its serial number.
Available in my Etsy store: nebraskascopesstudio.