Pretty Crystal Sun-catchers to Make You Smile
Enter the Room of Dancing Rainbows
There are lots of things that make me smile. From the obvious like laughing babies on YouTube to goofy puppies grinning with their tongues lolling out, and more quirky things, like recognising a fellow Firefly fan by a quote woven into a conversation.
But something that always takes my breath away, and makes me pause for a moment and smile, are delicate rainbows dancing around a room from a crystal sun-catcher.
It is such a simple thing.
It's like a secret hidden in plain sight.
You can open the door to that room a hundred times, but it's only when the sun hits the crystal that you enter a room full of rainbows. The unexpected whimsy of it is guaranteed to make me smile.
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Would you like to start the day with a smile?
This is a traditional prism ball crystal sun-catcher which will bounce rainbows all over your wall when the sun hits it.
Put it in a room that gets the morning sun to give you some sparkle to start your day.
My Crystal Sun-catcher Collection
These are the three crystal sun-catchers that are currently in use in my house. I say 'currently', because I am certain I have a couple more tucked away in storage.
The largest is one I have had for about a decade, and it has jade beads on the cord. The cord is a simple clear nylon thread. The larger facet of the cuts on my biggest crystal prism create the most elongated rainbows.
The second sun-catcher (at the top in the photo) has a different design cut into the crystal. The facet of the prism is cut so it appears to spiral around the crystal. It has rose quartz chunks threaded on its fine wire cord. The smaller facets cut into the swirly rose quartz sun-catcher create dozens of delicate rainbow dots.
The third is a cherished gift and it has bright yellow citrine and clear quartz chunks on the sun-catcher's cord.
Different Types of Sun-catchers - A Different Type of Sun-catcher Will Create a Different Type of Rainbow
Different patterns and different cuts on the face of the sun-catcher's prism create different rainbows. The rainbows are created by sunlight refracted through the facets of the prism.
While crystal sun-catchers come in many shapes, a crystal ball prism creates the most rainbows, and a larger ball prism can have larger planes or facets cut onto their spheres. When the refracted light goes through one of the larger facets, it creates a larger rainbow. When these facets refract the sunlight across a surface at an angle, you can clearly identify all the different colours. That is when you can see the full display of rainbow, or chakra, colours.
Most crystal ball prisms are between 20 mm and 40 mm in diameter, and while the most popular are clear prisms, tinted ball prisms are also available.
Ideally the ball should not be perfectly spherical. It should be slightly elongated at the top, and cut with many small facets. The sunlight hitting the facets is refracted at a number of different angles through the prism so you get more rainbows. The more rainbows, the greater the sense of whimsy.
You can also get crystal sun-catchers in teardrop shapes, icicles or ice drop prisms, French pendants, hearts, octagons and "energy gates" (a sun-catcher with a crystal ring), amongst others.
Though delicate, this Suncluster style of hanging prism sparkles brilliantly.
At 1 1/4" diameter, it has so many facets that it really grabs the light. Combine the number of facets with the Swarovski Aurora Borealis coating and sun-catcher will glitter in any light.
I can visualise this one being used as a sun-catcher throughout most of the year, and then bringing its extra sparkle to the Christmas tree in December.
Do you have a sun-catcher?
Rainbow Flickers on a Wardrobe Door
Rose Quartz Crystal Sun-Catcher
Did You Know? The Rainbows from a Suncatcher Match Chakra Colours
The colours in the rainbows cast by a crystal sun-catcher go from red, through orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
This colour pattern is the same as the colours associated with the human chakra.
Image Credit: jp512 on flickr
How to Keep Your Rainbows Spinning
This is a novel gift! Normally a sun-catcher doesn't move so the rainbows move across the walls only as the sun moves. To get the rainbows dancing you have to spin the crystal. Then the sun-catcher slows, and returns to its static state.
But the clever cookies at Kikkerland have added a solar panel with a little set of colourful gears to make the prismatic ball keep spinning, so your rainbows rotate around the room.
With a 4.6 out of 5 stars rating from over 160 buyers, this clever creation will keep your rainbows dancing around the room.