These jewel-like kaleidoscopes are typically 3-4 inches (8-11cm) in length. They are constructed to the same high standards as our larger and more complex pieces.
As with all our work, they incorporate an appropriate level of magnification in the viewing ports to ensure that the internal images are viewable comfortably.
The mini wheelscope images are created by a wheel containing around 30 handmade translucent millefiori and glass jewels. The second wheel provides changing colours and textures in the background.
Mini tumblescope is similar in form to the wheelscope but In this case the image is created by arabesques of lampworked glass, freely tumbling as the wheel is rotated.
"Mini "Pointahedron" and "chorusline" are the smallest versions of these unconventional kaleidoscopes
Mini wheelscope internal image
A 3-D "spikey-sphere" image from this version of the mini tumblescope
Produces an unconventional image with a decidedly art nouveau feel
Mid-size Kaleidoscopes (The "Palmtop" range)
In size and complexity, these lie between the miniatures and our limited-edition full-size kaleidoscopes. Typically around 5 inches (13cm) in length, there are several different designs, incorporating varied viewing objects and mirror configurations
Images formed by composite wheel (millefiori, jewels, fused cabouchons and dichroic glass) with background colour and texture from the second wheel
Image wheel contains lampworked glass arabesques
Palmtop-sized wheelscope distinguished by striking fused dichroic exterior
Image, resembling stained glass Rose Window, formed by glass cone containing around 40 separate elements
In this family, the image is formed by coloured and reflective inclusions suspended in oil which runs through one or more acrylic tubes crossing the field of view. The image is therefore dynamic, with flowing colours punctuated by flashes of reflected light. Sometimes described as "liquid fireworks"
Other Open-series kaleidoscopes
This group utilise spheres of various types to produce their images.
The Teleidoscope is unique in that it produces a kaleidoscopic view ofoutside world, viewed through a crystal sphere. The Dreamscope produces an image that is almost pure colour, from a Dreamsphere (optically modified film embedded in a hard acrylic sphere). The marblescope views a handmade marble to produce its' images.
Dreamscope, Teleidoscope and Marblescope
Unlike conventional kaleidoscopes, these create images from views of the outside world.
Limited Edition Kaleidoscopes
This is our high-end range of conventional kaleidoscopes. The editions will be limited to 99 of any one type (49 for the "Special" versions) They are around 8 inches in length and produce images of stunning colour, detail and complexity from a variety of mirror configurations and object types. The "Special" versions are distinguished by additional features - interchangeable objects or multiple mirror systems and decorative detail externally.
For our "Renaissance" kaleidoscope, a range of wheel designs can be created, giving different detail in the image. A tumblewheel can be incorporated in place of twin glass wheels. Aholder for spare wheels can be made, in glass to match the exterior of the kaleidoscope.
The pinnacle of complexity in this range is "Max_Mandala", with twin mirror systems and three interchangeable objects (tumblewheel, oil chamber and twin glass wheels) this making effectively 6 different kaleidoscopes in one instrument.
The Third Dimension - Sphere and beyond
This is a range of unconventional kaleidoscopes which produce images with a 3-dimensional appearance. The objects viewed are similar to those seen in our conventional Limited Edition range, but the mirror systems, which produce the unique image geometry, are radically different. Several of these image forms are unique in the world.
This part of the "3rd Dimension" group produce images which are spheres and developments from the sphere.
The most complex of these is "St Basil", producing a "pierced sphere" image resembling the onion domes atop St Basil's cathedral in Moscow. This design won a top award at the International exhibition "Kaleidoscopes - 200Years" in USA in April 2016
"St Basil", "Carousel", "Torus" and "Beachball"
Image is a sphere surrounded by a glowing geodesic lattice
Strongly 3-D image appears as an ellipsoid, formed of rectangular segments
Inspired by the completion in 2017 of the 17- year mission of the “Cassini” space probe to the planet Saturn and its’ moons. “Cassini” presents images of the planet and its’ rings, seen from two different angles.
The “planet” changes as the oil-filled object is rotated. The rings are static.
Multiple repeats of the 3-D globe image extend through the field of view in both directions.
The 3rd Dimension - solid geometry
This group produce 3-D images in the form of various geometrical shapes.
There is quite complex mathematical theory governing the arrangement of mirrors to produce images of the Platonic solid shapes (Cube, Dodecahedron, Icosahedron).
Multiple repeats of the 3-D globe image extend upwards and downwards.
3-D image resembles lanterns seen in the Kasbah in Marrakesh. Multiple repeats of the Diamond image extend upwards and downwards .
Possibilities - One of a kind and commission work
The previous pages have shown designs that we have incorporated into our standard ranges of work. Here we show a few of the many other designs we have created. Some of these will undoubtedly take their place in the future among our standard lines. They can all be repeated. Please ask, if interested.
"Rose Window" on parlour stand
The ‘scope can be viewed on the stand, seated at a table, or handheld.
Multi marblescope set
Designed to accept object spheres from ca. 30 - 40mm dia. Spring-loaded retaining system allows easy changing. This set includes oil-filled globe, crystal ball, hand-blown marble and Dreamsphere.
Multi Marblescope images
Typical images from the 4 different object shpheres
An effect which can be applied to many of the conventional 2-mirror (mandala-image) ‘scopes in our standard range. The mandala appears as though seen at the entrance to a grotto, the walls having a pronounced 3-D appearance
Designed for a gallery, to sit at eye level on a plinth, acting as attention-catcher for visitors. Around 13 inches long, with large viewing port.
Unconventional kaleidoscope in which 3 pairs of mirrors are combined to produce a complex image with 3 mandalas combined.
Strongly stellated 3-D image
Parlour scope set
This was a commission to create a replica of one of my early designs, which appeared in the colour feature section of “The Kaleidoscope Collector’s Guide”, published in 2005.
The ‘scope can be viewed in its’ cradle or handheld. The two pairs of 3-inch glass wheels and two tumblewheels are completely interchangeable (and would be interchangeable with similar-sized wheels from some of my other ‘scopes)
Unusual “snowflake” mandala image and frost-like exterior
Strongly 3-D image of one of the Platonic solid forms
Enhanced version of “Cassini”, with 3 viewing ports
"Icosahedron" (alternative form)
The solid shape viewed from a different angle
Small tumblescopes ("counting set")
A set of tumblescopes demonstrating mandala images with 3,4,5,6 sides (shown here) plus 7 and 8 (not shown)