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Inside A Kaleidoscope
Inside View of An Oil-Based Kaleidoscope
I've looked through my oil kaleidoscope so many times and wanted to share it with others, but the image is often lost before I can get it to another set of eyes. And though every new image is also beautiful, there were some I just wanted to save to view again later or to share. So, I took a chance, put my camera up to the lens, played with a few settings, and finally began taking images I liked. I've learned to clean up the background to a solid black, but on some of them, I like to share the original background so it's more obvious that it is - in fact - the inside of a kaleidoscope.
This lens, my debut that has taken me about a year, starts with one of my favorite inside scope images. It was inspired by the Squid Woot challenge to create a lens around a picture I have taken. I like starting here, because I can build on it by adding other in-scope images. In addition, when I come back to edit this lens, I will add some digital creations I have made from this very same picture.
From My Favorite Kaleidoscope
Click to view a set of all the images I've shared on Flickr from this scope.
I've always loved kaleidoscopes, and my collection includes all types of scopes from simple children's toys to electronic kaleidoscopes with sound. I have one that uses dried flower petals and even one scope I made myself. But, when I viewed an oil-based kaleidoscope for the first time, I thought my eyes were peering straight into Heaven. I began saving for one of my own from that moment. Not long after that, I won a contest at work and spent almost the entire winnings on my new scope. I have a huge wish list for more of these by Knapp Studios, and I hope to add to my collection someday. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the images on Flickr where this link will take you.
Another Inside Image
From my Knapp Studios scope
I decided to add one more image (this one is two halves put together since sometimes it's easy to get a dark side when I'm trying to hold the camera in just the right place over the view opening). If you click on this one, it will take you to the site of the people make these fine oil scopes. I do not have an affiliation with them, but as often as I share their site, I probably should find out about one. I believe I would like to own just about every kaleidoscope they design. The link goes to Knapp Studios with creations by Randy and Shelley Knapp. My scope was designed by Shelley.
A Video Inside My Kaleidoscope
With a lot of playing around, I was able to paste together some short videos I took with my old point and shoot digital camera. I was very happy with the results and even found some great background music in the YouTube "Creative Commons" library.
Kaleidoscopes on Amazon - Variety of Styles
I tried to find the most reasonably-priced kaleidoscopes that still looked like good quality. There are liquid (most likely oil) based and do-it-yourself scopes. And I've even included the kaleidoscopes by Collier that are on my own wish list.
Wand kaleidoscopes are filled with liquid and sparkling images. If you take it in bright sunshine, it can often look like fireworks.
I have one of these, and I love making my own kaleidoscopes, so I'll race you to who can make one and create a lens about it first. :-)
Here's another kaleidoscope from my wish list. I want to see what it looks like with the included beads, but I also want to play with my own additions.
Large Mosaic of Inside Scope Images - Click picture to link to my "All My Kaleidoscope Images" set on Flickr.
This is my most visited and favorited image on Flickr, so I felt it was the perfect image to take you to my set that includes all the kaleidoscope images I've shared at Flickr. Some are like these, images from inside my Shelley Knapp kaleidoscope. But, there are also a number of them from inside other types of scopes. The majority of images there are digital creations I've made--many of them which started from one of the inside images.
About kaleidoscope images as a whole, I can get almost hypnotized by their color and beauty. They speak volumes to me about creation, and in that vein, I truly believe that God looks on all He has created in the same way I look at these images. That is, they are all beautiful in different ways, and they are even more beautiful when light (especially God's light) shines through them.
The belief that God sees me this way is a wonderful comfort to me when I have one of those days where some or many things have left me feelings of worthlessness or lack of value. I hope it works that way for all who have even the tiniest inclination of God's love for them.
Kaleidoscopes on eBay - I've added a few to my own collection from here.
Create a search for the word "kaleidoscope" and save it for every time you visit. You will be amazed at some of the fantastic kaleidoscopes you can get here. Look carefully at the descriptions and pictures as I've seen some "taleidoscopes" sold as "kaleidoscopes" before. The first one is just glass that turns everything you look at through it into a mirrored image, (Sort of like looking through the eyes of a fly.) Kaleidoscopes have the items inside as part of their design.
You can also search for "liquid kaleidoscope," "oil kaleidoscope," or "Collier kaleidoscope" for some neat search results. Note that some results will be images of kaleidoscope designs on posters and quilt blocks too.
Kaleidoscope Books at Amazon
About kaleidoscopes, making kaleidoscopes, pictures of kaleidoscopes, etc.
This should be good if for nothing else but the pictures.
Stained glass wheels make wonderful kaleidoscopes,
Patsy Clairmont is a true funny lady, so I knew I had to throw this one in.
Another one for pictures, but also a great resource for quilters.
This is the first book I read by Karen Ball, and I still feel like I've met the characters sometime in my life. This book can be read alone, but I recommend the whole series since if you read this book and then book one (like I did), you'll be tensely waiting for the sad moments you know will be coming. All the books have made me laugh, cry, and have a great time in their reading.
Some Tiled Images (Tessellations) I've Made - All made from the kaleidoscope images above & all seamless tiles.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Are you a collector? Have you ever created your own kaleidoscope? Do you remember this wonderful toy from childhood, and have you shared it with your own children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc.? Does this lens inspire you to build or buy one? Oh, and by the way, how did I do for my first lens?