Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Kaleidoscope phone strap. I've always wanted a kaleidoscope ever since I encountered one in my school science lab. So when I saw the miniature version in a gachapon machine I thought why not. It may be an old gadget for today's technological standards but amusing nonetheless. My favourite themes are psychedelia so kaleidoscopes are just my cup of tea.

The packaging below shows the 'Hanabi' (fireworks) pattern:

Here are some snapshots, it was hard to centralise my camera through the tiny peephole. Since it was a cheaply made kaleidoscope the mirrors are a little 'dusty':

A kaleidoscope mechanism is pretty simple: colourful beads in a tube of mirrors set at angles to reflect a arbitrary symmetric pattern whenever the tube is turned and the materials inside slide around. There is also a kind of kaleidoscope without beads and it reflects images instead.

Here are some unique artisan-made kaleidoscopes and kaleidoscope-inspired finds from Etsy:


debra@dustjacket said...

I absolutely loved the Kaleidoscope when I was young and not so young.


Anonymous said...

I love Kaleidoscopes! What a great idea for a blog post!!
Gorgeous items from the Etsy Artists...a wonderful gift idea!

Lola said...

Was always fascinated by kaleidoscopes as a child - still am!!

Loved the bracelet - a great gift!


Kylie Bowers said...

Oh wow Love the kaleidoscopes finds!
I too loved them as a child now my Boys LOVE them too :)

Cami said...

I've always loved kaleidoscopes! Such neat finds, too!

nina kuriloff said...

there are very fine items here!
you made good choices! :)

BeesAndTrees said...

Those are great finds! I like the photographs of the inside of your kaleidoscope.

Felix and Jayne said...

these are so cool! i love Kaleidoscope Orignal by smokeycrystal! gorgeous!

Simply Colette said...

Cute blog! Found you through Dustjacket Attic. Have a great day!


Hello, just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your wonderful post, thank you - I'm really loving your blog too !

Lola said...

Me again to let you know I’ve FINALLY passed on your lovely tag!! Please do let know what you think!!

Love your blog!

Hope you’re having a great week too,


Painter Billerica MA said...

Awesome pictures!

<3 Lindsay

Lola said...


Many thanks for the lovely comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the fun!

In fact, that's only the half of it! I'm posting Part 2 this Thursday - and is, I think, even more funny!!

Hope you're having a great week & look forward to *seeing* you again on Thursday!!


Melly Kay said...

i LOVE kaleidoscopes!!! I really want to start collecting them but my wallet doesn't agree with me. Great post :D

Rosebud Collection said...

As a child, I loved kaleidoscopes..
They were so beautiful to look at.
What great finds you had here.

JennyMac said...

I remember Kaleidoscopes as a kid! Some great artistry in these pics.

nina kuriloff said...

the kaleidoscope items from Etsy are terrific!