“I think you’ve got the function …

Now, you just need to work on the form if you expect to sell these to anyone.”

Those were the words of one of my siblings referring to my kaleidoscope prototypes. They are NOT attractive, but they work. The evidence is below.

Kaleidoscope #1

Kaleidoscope # 1

Kaleidoscope # 1 is as basic as possible. It has mirrors wrapped in paper and cardboard. It has no beads or color wheels. It is open, and the world around is what you see. I photographed a few things I viewed through #1 (more photos to come later).

Mandela view through K#1

Kaleidoscope #2

Kaleidoscope #2 looks like a flashlight - not pretty!

Kaleidoscope #2 is housed in a paper towel tube and wrapped in black cloth tape. It looks like a flashlight. It has red hearts, blue marbles and white flat stones under glass.

Blues in Kaleidoscope prototype number two. July 2007. Blues and Reds in Kaleidoscope prototype number two. July 2007. Reds and Yellows in Kaleidoscope prototype #2. July 2007.

The view on the inside is worlds better than the view of the outside. Because of the glass behind the colored pieces, it is possible to see objects outside of the scope while viewing the changing colors and shapes in the scope.

Kaleidoscope #3

Kaleidoscope prototype number three in a Pringle’s can. July 2007.

Kaleidoscope #3 lives in an empty Pringles can. Yes, I made the sacrifice and consumed the contents in order to try out this method of kaleidoscope-making. It turned out very well.

The inside of K#2 looks great! Another Red, White and Blue View inside K#2 K#2 Red Hearts and Blue Marbles

I used white tissue paper on the end under the plastic lid to allow light to backlight the colors (same objects as in K#2) without showing images of objects outside of the scope.

Another K#3 view from the inside of the Pringles can Prototype Kaleidoscope Number Three in a Pringle’s can. July 2007. Another view from prototype Kaleidoscope #3. July 2007.

The viewing end is the metal base of the can (where I made a hole in the metal). The colors are under the plastic lid at the top of the can. You turn the entire can to change the color and shape combinations.


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