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Kaleidoscope, Oil Cell, Figured Maple

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This kaleidoscope, is handcrafted by the artisan/seller in Figured Maple from New England, USA. The object chamber is an oil cell filled with a variety of colored objects which "float" through the oil as the 'scope is turned while viewing. The mirror assembly inside the body of the 'scope uses the best quality "front surface mirrors" (see explanation below). The resulting image or "view" is a striking, slow-moving, yet always changing "kaleidoscope" of colors that is a delight to watch.

The round, colored picture is a sample of the "view". Keep in mind that a kaleidoscope "view" is moving so the sample is a "stop-frame" of a view and is only representative of the moving colors.
When an ordinary mirror is used in a kaleidoscope, light must pass through a layer of glass before being reflected by the silvering on the back of the mirror. Since glass is not perfectly clear or perfectly flat, some attenuation of the image results, along with “ghost images” caused by reflection off of the surface of the glass. These undesirable effects are compounded in a kaleidoscope mirror assembly and cause the viewing field’s outermost edges to dim, blur, and become full of interference lines.

By using aluminized front surface mirrors these problems are solved. Front surface mirror is made by vacuum depositing a highly reflective aluminum surface coating onto the FRONT of the glass. The light then reflects off the aluminized coating and does not pass through the glass. The high reflectivity (approximately 95%) and the absence of ghost images permits a brilliant image which remains clear and bright throughout the viewing field. The resulting “hall of mirrors” effect results in images and colors that are much sharper and more intense than would be possible using ordinary mirror.

The kaleidoscope is 10" long and 2 1/4" wide.

Stand NOT included.

Kaleidoscope, Oil Cell, Figured Maple


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: figured maple wood, front surface mirrors
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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