The Steampunk Kaleidoscope-
In 1814 Sir David Brewster conducted experiments on light polarization by
successive reflections between plates of glass. He decided to apply for a
British patent "for a new Optical Instrument called "The Kaleidoscope" for
exhibiting and creating beautiful Forms and Patterns of great use in all the
ornamental Arts". The patent was granted in July 1817.
We have been enjoying the beautiful forms and patterns generated by the
kaleidoscope for more than 200 years now.
The kaleidoscope offered here is a mini-version with a Steampunk theme. The
kaleidoscope is held up to a light source, and viewed through the eyepiece. As
the inner form is rotated, dancing patterns of color and shape provide endless
constantly changing entertainment. As an added “Steampunk” effect, small gears
have been added to the viewing mix.
The inner wood form is from a block of lathe turned Spectraply. Spectraply is
a unique wood product made from laminations of dye colored baltic birch. Each
Kaleidoscope is a one-of-a-kind handcrafted art piece. The finished
kaleidoscope is 2 1/2 in. tall and 2" wide.