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Inside A Kaleidoscope

Updated on March 8, 2014

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.

Another Image from Inside My Kaleidoscope
Another Image from Inside My Kaleidoscope

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.

Blue Neon Sparkling Scope with Pink Neon Edging
Blue Neon Sparkling Scope with Pink Neon Edging

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.

Fireworks Kaleidoscope - Amazing "fireworks" Image - High Quality Mirrors!
Fireworks Kaleidoscope - Amazing "fireworks" Image - High Quality Mirrors!

Wand kaleidoscopes are filled with liquid and sparkling images. If you take it in bright sunshine, it can often look like fireworks.

 
Toysmith Nature Kaleidoscope Kit
Toysmith Nature Kaleidoscope Kit

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. :-)

 
iKaleidoscope-Interactive Kaleidoscope-High Quality Mirrors!
iKaleidoscope-Interactive Kaleidoscope-High Quality Mirrors!

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.

A Mosaic of Some of My Inside Scope Images with a Link to my Flickr Set: "All My Kaleidoscope Images"
A Mosaic of Some of My Inside Scope Images with a Link to my Flickr Set: "All My Kaleidoscope Images"

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.

The Kaleidoscope Book: A Spectrum of Spectacular Scopes to Make
The Kaleidoscope Book: A Spectrum of Spectacular Scopes to Make

This should be good if for nothing else but the pictures.

 
Make a Stained Glass Kaleidoscope (Stained Glass How to)
Make a Stained Glass Kaleidoscope (Stained Glass How to)

Stained glass wheels make wonderful kaleidoscopes,

 
Kaleidoscope: Seeing God's Wit and Wisdom in a Whole New Light
Kaleidoscope: Seeing God's Wit and Wisdom in a Whole New Light

Patsy Clairmont is a true funny lady, so I knew I had to throw this one in.

 
Kaleidoscope Eyes (Family Honor Series #2)
Kaleidoscope Eyes (Family Honor Series #2)

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.

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Seamless tile from the main image. If you use this one for a background or wallpaper, it's best to use text boxes due to the busyness of the images.Another seamless tile from the main image, but this one using a 12 point burst design.Seamless squared design from the corner of the frame around the main image. This capture gives a geometric look that should make a good background.Seamless six point petals overlap from this in scope image. This looks like a great desktop background to me. It's easy to tile wherever you use it.Delicate and pretty seamless tile good for backgrounds in places like Twitter where text does not have to share the design space.Another simple tile using the corners of the blue image.Tiny flower petals adorn this seamless tile for someone who likes plums and blues together.
Seamless tile from the main image. If you use this one for a background or wallpaper, it's best to use text boxes due to the busyness of the images.
Seamless tile from the main image. If you use this one for a background or wallpaper, it's best to use text boxes due to the busyness of the images.
Another seamless tile from the main image, but this one using a 12 point burst design.
Another seamless tile from the main image, but this one using a 12 point burst design.
Seamless squared design from the corner of the frame around the main image. This capture gives a geometric look that should make a good background.
Seamless squared design from the corner of the frame around the main image. This capture gives a geometric look that should make a good background.
Seamless six point petals overlap from this in scope image. This looks like a great desktop background to me. It's easy to tile wherever you use it.
Seamless six point petals overlap from this in scope image. This looks like a great desktop background to me. It's easy to tile wherever you use it.
Delicate and pretty seamless tile good for backgrounds in places like Twitter where text does not have to share the design space.
Delicate and pretty seamless tile good for backgrounds in places like Twitter where text does not have to share the design space.
Another simple tile using the corners of the blue image.
Another simple tile using the corners of the blue image.
Tiny flower petals adorn this seamless tile for someone who likes plums and blues together.
Tiny flower petals adorn this seamless tile for someone who likes plums and blues together.

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?

Your Kaleidoscope Dreams - And childhood memories or anything else you'd like to share.

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    Crystal A Murray 3 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @susan369: Thank you, Susan. I used an Olympus point and shoot and then just gave the kaleidoscope a spin and held it steady for as long as I could. I had short videos that I tied together in a video program, and I think I just got lucky in how it came out. :-)

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    susan369 3 years ago

    I absolutely love your video! How were you able to use your camera to film this?

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    Crystal A Murray 3 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @JamieFletcher: Thank you. And if your daughter (and you) make some fun designs, I hope you'll come back and share a link with me so I can see them. Also, I need to update the lens to get the make-your-own lenses back on the eBay list, but until then, if you want read world scopes, make sure to search the term "kaleidoscope" on eBay and Amazon both.

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    JamieFletcher 3 years ago

    Great lens - I can't wait to try this with my daughter, I'm sure she will enjoy it. Thanks.

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    Crystal A Murray 4 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @grannysage: Thanks for the visit, comments, and suggestions, grannysage. My first stop when I edit this lens again will be to bring the products up. I guess I was thinking I didn't want to make it look like I was only here to sell stuff, so I made that a last stop, but it doesn't hurt to at least let people see what the images look like on different types of products, huh? Oh, and thanks for the ideas of other types of products.

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    Crystal A Murray 4 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Frischy: Thank you, Frischy. When I get back to having some time to edit, I have a whole lot to share. It makes me feel good for people to enjoy them. Oh, and I just got some software where I can enlarge them, so I'm hoping to get some photo editing time in to get some bigger ones onto my Flickr page too.

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    grannysage 4 years ago

    I have always loved Kaleidoscopes too and even sold some for awhile. These are beautiful pictures. I too was thinking they'd make great Zazzle products and then saw you had some below the guestbook. Move it up here so people don't miss it. I think they would also make great tiles and wall decals. Bravo for a great first lens.

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    Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

    Beautiful! I enjoyed this photography so much! I hope you will add to this lens. I look forward to more of your incredible shots!

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    Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    Gorgeous images. I've always been fascinated by kaleidoscopes...even wrote a poem once about "Love Through a Kaleidoscope," but that's another story. Thanks so much for sharing a lens I truly enjoyed. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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    Crystal A Murray 4 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @indigomoth: I'm so glad it took you back to happy memories, Rachel. I hope you can find a grown up kaleidoscope to bring you some new memories. And thank you for the like and comment.

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    indigomoth 4 years ago from New Zealand

    Such a wonderful idea and such beautiful images! I loved my kaleidoscope when I was a kid. Thanks for taking me back :)

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    Crystal A Murray 4 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @MariaMontgomery: Thank you, Mia Mia. I'm glad you enjoyed the lens. The word kaleidoscope actually comes from two Greek words meaning "beautiful" and "to see" or "to look at." I'll be trying to add more when I get the chance.

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    Crystal A Murray 4 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Linda Pogue: Thanks for the like and the blessing and the comment, GrammaLinda. I'm glad you have kaleidoscope memories, and I hope you will now get one for your own grandchildren to make memories with. Plus, that allows you to have something to play with again too. :-) By the way, I do have a few of these at Zazzle (very bottom of lens 'cause I guess I kinda thought it shouldn't look like I was pushing my products). So far, though, they're only selling on the keychains.

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    Crystal A Murray 4 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Echo Phoenix: Wow, Echo, I can certainly see the benefit of going to the necessities to keep life simple, but I'm glad I was able to stir some fond memories for you. I hope you can find somewhere to look through a scope again, but in the meantime, I post a lot of them to my Flickr page, so feel free to gaze there at any time. :-)

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    MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

    What a neat lens, and beautiful, too. Good job.

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    Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

    Suggestion: Start a Zazzle account and create kaleidoscope mouse pads and note cards. I think these would sell. Good work!

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    Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

    My grandmother had a wonderful kaleidoscope that I would spend hours with. This is a great first lens. Blessings!

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    Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

    I no longer collect as I have entered that place in my life where I embrace bare bones yet when I was a collector of certain things, Kaleidoscopes topped my list! I have very fond memories of getting lost in them as a child and cherished them so much that I used to make them with my children as a rainy day art project:)

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    Crystal A Murray 4 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @anonymous: Thanks, Sandy. I think I could spend a day looking too. I think that's why I started collecting so many different types of them. I like them from the cheap one dollar type to the super fancy ones, but I only have one expensive one for now. Give me a choice between a diamond and a kaleidoscope, and I'll likely choose the kaleidoscope. :-)

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    Crystal A Murray 4 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @artbyrodriguez: Thanks for stopping by, Bev, and I love that you love kaleidoscopes. I just visited your Etsy shop, and I like your balloon lady. If you ever decide to try to paint one from one of my images, let me know so I can see how it came out. I can even send you a larger size print to work from if you think it's something you want to try someday.

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    spartakct 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    I could look through a kaleidoscope all day. These images are beautiful.

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    Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

    Very interesting lens. I love kaleidoscopes.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @spartakct: Thank you, spartakct... twice. :-)

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @naomiyoung: Thank you, Naomi. I hope you bring back your childhood by getting yourself a new one now.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Close2Art LM: Thank you for stopping by, Close2Art, and thank you for the angel blessings. As the tail of baby boomers, my psychedelic memories are in my early childhood, but my mom played the In-A-Ga-Da-Davida album (33 RPM) over and over in those days. I hope you find a new way to bring those cool color combos to your life now...hopefully, a new kaleidoscope. :-)

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Helene-Malmsio: Oh, Helene, that's so cool that you have that kind of curiosity to take apart the tube. I'm sorry for your kaleidoscope mishaps, and I hope you are able to get yourself a new one sometime soon. I'm found some great ones on eBay, but I don't recommend the marble ones, and I always suggest you look carefully to make sure it's not a teleidoscope where there's no colorful bits unless you look right at them.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @fascina: Thank you, fascina. I'm glad you enjoyed it and took time to let me know.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @fathomblueEG: You're so welcome, fathromblueEG! I love that I helped you become a kid again for a moment. That really makes my day. I have more kaleidoscope lens ideas I want to try, so maybe you'll get some more moments.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @anonymous: Thank you, Tipi. I was really surprised to see the image of my kaleidoscope on the home page. It was a nice treat on a busy weekend (my busiest every month for my writer's group). If you still have a kaleidoscope, I encourage you to play with a point and shoot camera and just see if you can capture one of those perfect pictures. Just viewing them is a great stress reliever.

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    spartakct 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing

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    naomiyoung 5 years ago

    Great lens. I used to love playing with a kaleidoscope as a child.

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    Close2Art LM 5 years ago

    I love the designs, reminds me of my childhood and psychedelic days too...Angel Blessings

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    Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

    I was given a kaleidoscope in a cardboard tube when I was 8 or 9 years old, and it intrigued and fascinated me to the point where one day I finally had to know how it worked, and pulled it apart. Of course, I could not re-assemble it properly, so it never worked properly again - and I was disappointed to see it was just three long mirrors that made it work!!!

    I bought another one ten years ago, but lent it to a co-worker who never returned it - boooo..... I WOOT!

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    fascina 5 years ago

    very beautiful art.

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    fathomblueEG 5 years ago

    Kaleidoscopes remind me of being a kid daydreaming about magical places to go and wonderful characters like in a book or a fantasy movie. Thanks for letting me be a kid again for a moment:-)

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    How delightful to get inside your kaleidoscope with preserved pictures, a very determined effort by you. I've always loved kaleidoscopes and my only disappointment is losing the perfect picture, congratulations on home page honors!

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @captainj88: Leah, I found out how to make that page I put in the first comment to you into a link, so I hope it takes you to a kaleidoscope you like. It's at http://www.crystal-fox.com/index.cfm/michael_colli...

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    For those who were interested in how a kaleidoscope works and other questions, I found a website with a lot of great information, including books on how to make your own. Some of the pictures on the page I will link to are not working, but there are plenty of other pages on the site for pictures, so I wanted to include the link with the best and simplest text explanations. This gives some history and some how-to info. You may have to copy and paste, but I'll try with html and see if I can make the information into a link: http://www.kaleido.com/faqs.htm

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @JessicaBarst: Thank you, Jessica. I hope this inspires you to go out and see one in real life. They're one of life's most wonderful and simple pleasures to me.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @paperfacets: That's exactly what I thought about when I found that lens to add to the similar list. I follow a number of paper folders on Flickr as well.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @purpleslug: Thank you, purpleslug. And I love this user name. I hope I find time to see what you do for lenses. (Oh, and the security word I have to use with this comment is "purplepea." How funny is that?)

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @allenwebstarme: Thank you.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @RestlessKnights: Thank you, Marion23. I appreciate the visit and the comment.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @anonymous: Thank you, camelid. I'm glad you enjoyed my images. I hope to add more as time goes along.

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    Jessica Barst 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

    Wow these are so cool! Great photos, and I love the video. I haven't seen a kaleidoscope in AGES!

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    Sherry Venegas 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

    The craft of tea bag folding reminds me of the kaleidoscope and the changes one piece of paper tile will go through with the different patterns one can use. Very subtle but very interesting.

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    purpleslug 5 years ago

    You did great!

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    allenwebstarme 5 years ago

    Wonderful!

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    RestlessKnights 5 years ago

    Congrats on a cool lens.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Your images are amazing. Great job!

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Ardyn25: Thank you, ardyn25. We need more simple things in this life of chaos that comes at us from so many directions. Treat yourself to a a new scope and stop by to let me know when you do. And I'll be working to find a good video tutorial on making your own as well.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Mishael A Witty: Thanks, Mishael. I should have known to look for you under workingmomwm from hub pages, but now I can check out your lenses. I'm so glad you stopped by here. I didn't actually work on this for a year, but I joined a year ago and started a different lens that I still haven't published, so I considered it a year of research and learning to get my first one online. The quests and challenges really help, and this is getting me back into writing again.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @BLouw: I love the comments about childhood. Thank you so much for your kind words.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @BLouw: This is a great idea lestroischenes! I'll see if I can find a video tutorial and add it.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @captainj88: Thanks for stopping by, Leah, and I'm glad you enjoyed the images. I would love to see a scope like you described. Many of my personal wish list kaleidoscopes are those made by Michael Collier, and I found one by him that has snowflakes on the outside and creates snowflake patterns on the inside. I don't think a direct link will work here, but you can copy and paste. Here's the site I found... http://www.crystal-fox.com/index.cfm/michael_colli...

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    Ardyn25 5 years ago

    I love Kaleidoscops and had lots of them when I was growing up. I have a collection of ones I use at playschool to help teach the children colors. Its still the simplest of things that children love...and adults too! I've never made one only purchased them...great lens!

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    Mishael A Witty 5 years ago

    Hi, Crystal. Just saw this on Facebook, so I thought I'd stop by. Your first lens is better than my first one was. :-) Of course, I didn't work on mine for a year ... You know how I (mostly) just like to crank things out at lightning speed!

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    Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

    I wonder how they work? That would be an interesting addition to the lens.

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    Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

    Takes me right back to my childhood. These beautiful patterns are still just as fascinating. Many thanks for creating such a charming lens.

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    Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

    I haven't had a kaleidoscope in years. I enjoyed seeing the images again. Mine was a snowflake theme, and had little blue and white plastic snowflakes and clear little crystals inside; I could see snowflakes inside the snowflake shapes.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @pheonix76: You're welcome for the sharing, phoenix76, and I hope this will encourage you to look through some more and maybe even buy yourself one. :-)

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Mickie Gee: I tried finding something just by title, but I couldn't find the lens you might've been talking about, so please feel free to message me with it. I am interested in reading it. I find anything prismatic to be very interesting.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Monica Ranstrom: Thank you, glacier4. I'm so happy to share my pictures with others who find them amazing like I do.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Steph Tietjen: Thank you, Steph. I'm really glad you liked the video. I still watch it periodically just to relax. I've got a list of ideas, I just need to take the time to get it done and stop the interruptions. :-)

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    pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

    I used to love looking through kaleidoscopes when I was young, although I never owned one. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Mickie Goad 5 years ago

    I recently took apart an inexpensive kaleidoscope for a page I created here on Squidoo. I remember being fascinated by this simple toy as a child.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @NoomaStar: Thank you.

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    Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

    What amazing pictures! How creative of you :) Great lens.

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    Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Thanks for letting us look inside your scope. That first blue image is wonderful. The video is especially amazing. Nice work. Looking forward to more of your work.

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    NoomaStar 5 years ago

    Wonderful!

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @LotusLandry: Thank you, LotusLandry. I would love to know more about your collection. I'm not certain I have ever heard of a paper kaleidoscope. Paper snowflakes, yes, but now I'm really curious. ;-)

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @anonymous: Thank you, Linda. I feel very welcome and am wondering why it took me so long to just jump in and get started. I think you will like the new mosaic I added which includes a quote in the text about how God sees us like kaleidoscopes. I hope it blesses you as well.

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    LotusLandry 5 years ago from Southern California

    What a novel idea, using your camera to capture these! I have a paper kaleidoscope collection.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Welcome! Your images are beautiful! I always loved kaleidoscopes.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    I don't know if it's the right etiquette to reply to all posts, so I did this time. I'll check the forums to see if anyone has posted that query. In the meantime, please know I read and appreciate all comments, and I even enjoy replying since I get to see all the fun verification words Squidoo comes up with. Thank you all for the visits and the likes.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @mojoCNYartist: Thanks.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @JoshK47: Thanks.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @pawpaw911: Thank you, pawpaw. I hope this inspires you to get out and look at one again.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @weakbond: Thank you, weakbond. I have lots of ideas, now I just need to apply them.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Dressage Husband: Thank you, Stephen. I appreciate the encouragement.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Jogalog: Thank you, Jogalog. Definitely get one for your baby daughter, but also consider getting one for yourself. I tried to find reasonably priced ones that still give a grown-up image in the Amazon and eBay links.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @CoolGamesOnline1: Thanks, CoolGames. I hope this inspires you to go out and actually put one up to your eye and that you enjoy it.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @CNelson01: Thank you, Chuck. The oil-based scopes are far more expensive, but they also use nicer materials like dichroic glass. I guess I should do a lens that explains the process. I plan to go back to your page to read about your Bluegrass Jam (I go to one every month) and to check out your book.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @anonymous: Thank you, rauspitz. I hope you go out and get yourself one. The simple, kid-like ones can be found at most dollar-type stores for about that price.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Mystico: Thanks, Mystico. The first kaleidoscope I made used scraps of PVC pipe, strips of mirror, duct tape, etc. If you like beauty from reusing scraps, and you are even a little bit creative, you would probably love making your own kaleidoscope.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @DrBillSmithWriter: Thank you, Dr. Bill. And thanks even more for the encouragement toward more lenses. I'm thinking I should put up something about the Brewster Society which inspires collection and creation of "grown-up" kaleidoscopes.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Earnlat: Thank you, Earnlat. I love color too. I guess that's why I enjoy kaleidoscopes so much.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Heidi Vincent: Thank you, FreshStart7. I appreciate the kind comments, and I'm glad you enjoyed the showcase.

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    Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

    You did great for your first lens Crystal. Nice kaleidoscope showcase.

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    Earnlat 5 years ago

    Beautiful colors, I truly appreciate your first lens.

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    William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

    A new one, to me. Welcome to Squidoo! Looking forward to your #2 and #3 lens.

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    Mystico 5 years ago

    That's very nice - it's interesting to think that anything can be used or reused to create something beautiful.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Been a long time since I even thought about Kaleidoscopes. Super lens!

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    Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

    Wow....I haven't even thought about kaleidoscopes since I was a kid. Never heard of an "oil" scope. Interesting information and welcome to Squidoo.

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    CoolGamesOnline1 5 years ago

    Haven't looked in a kaleidoscope in years, cool lens!!

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    Dan 5 years ago from CNY

    Nice lens.

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    Jogalog 5 years ago

    I loved my kaleidoscope as a child but hadn't thought about it for years until I read this post. I now want to go out and get one for my little baby daughter for when she gets a little bit older.

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    Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    You did great and the kaleidoscopes are very pretty.