Filigree Blues Scope
Dimensions: Length=8" Diameter=2.5"
This was my second kaleidoscope. This time I used pvc pipe for the tube since the cardboard had been a little too flexible. I used two different types of pvc endcaps to hold the plexiglass lenses and the objects for the object chamber.
One endcap was almost completely open but had a small lip which I could put the lens into. It became the object chamber. The other endcap had no opening but I drilled a small one for the eyehole.
This kaleidoscope was also assembled before it was baked. I used pieces of glass and glass beads as well as flower petals and shells in the chamber. I used Sobo glue to tack the lenses into place, once the mirrors and objects
were in the pipe.
WARNING! Do not ever use super glue on plexiglass - it creates a white frost which will ruin the lens.
Once the kscope was assembled, I covered it with a thin layer of clay and then began the long process of applying thin clay snakes for the balinese filigree. I put small pieces of blue and white clay into my clay gun to
extrude the snakes. This created a blending effect between colors and gave me the different shades of blue.