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Pretty Crystal Sun-catchers to Make You Smile

Updated on September 20, 2013

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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Woodstock Ball Rainbow Cascade- Rainbow Maker Collection
Woodstock Ball Rainbow Cascade- Rainbow Maker Collection

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.

Aurora Borealis Suncluster with Austrian Crystal
Aurora Borealis Suncluster with Austrian Crystal

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.


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Rainbow Flickers on a Wardrobe Door

The fun part is spinning the crystals to make the rainbows dance around the room
The fun part is spinning the crystals to make the rainbows dance around the room

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.

Kikkerland Solar-Powered Double Rainbow Maker
Kikkerland Solar-Powered Double Rainbow Maker

With a 4.6 out of 5 stars rating from over 160 buyers, this clever creation will keep your rainbows dancing around the room.


Would you like to make a sun-catcher with your own unique design? - Angel will show you how to make your own crystal sun-catcher in about 5 minutes

A Final Flash of Light from My Citrine Sun-catcher

Do you have a sun-catcher at home? - Let me know your thoughts, do they make you smile?

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      Laura Brown 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I would have liked one of these but I don't have a sunny window to put it in. Alll of mine either face the back of the house and are in shade all the time or they face the neighbour and the only thing I see is their wall, almost no sunlight.

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

      @rob-hemphill: Yes, that's a prerequisite :D

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      I'd like a sun-catcher, but first I need more of the sun!

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

      @DawnRae64: Or, you could make your own! I really enjoy them too.

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      i LOVE sun-catchers. Currently, i only have one up. But will soon have more.

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

      @artbyrodriguez: How lovely! I keep one of my three in the east-facing kitchen too, but I put them together to photograph. Three times the rainbows! :)

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      Our kitchen gets the morning sun, and we have had so much fun with our Granddaughter with our room of rainbows! Lovely topic to bring smiles.

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      mcstacy 4 years ago

      There are definitely beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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      emma_07 4 years ago

      Sun Catchers makes me remind of my childhood..Awesome lens !!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your sun-catchers are beautiful! I have stained glass that I make in my home and when they reflect the light they make me smile.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      Crystal suncatchers are most definitely one of the things that make me smile. My grandmother had several in her windows and of course all the dancing rainbows were just the most marvellous thing, when I was a child. When my gran passed away, one of her crystals came to me - it hangs in my kitchen window now (and yes, the cats have always loved to chase the rainbows).

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      They are so very beautiful! I want one (or more!) Great Lens, beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing!

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

      @TipsForMoms: :) Giant pendants, I like that. They would clunk around a lot!

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      They're lovely! I would love to have one :)

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      TipsForMoms 4 years ago

      I used to see them and didn't know what they were. I thought they were giant pendants. Sun catchers would make more sense. LOL! They are gorgeous!

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      Pete1000 4 years ago

      Very nice lens

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you Susan, I've heard of people who's cats chase the rainbows, but not dogs, so it would be interesting to see your dog's reaction.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Thanks for the reminder - I was thinking recently that I'd like to get one of these. Of course it might drive my dog batty, but I do love crystal sun catchers. Yours are beautiful!

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      I have three and I love them! Nice lens.