Wear a working kaleidoscope around your neck

kalideoscopeYesterday we went down to Nashville, IN to shop for Christmas gifts. Nashville is an artist’s community and is only about 8 miles from my house. It’s always fun to take a quick trip down there for lunch and shopping. After a really good bacon and swiss quiche in front of a burning fireplace at Nani’s Eatery and Deli, we stopped into the Rings and Things shop. I’m not much into jewelry, but I like this shop because it always has something ‘different’ to see and I wasn’t disappointed yesterday. On the counter there were some necklaces hanging from a display that had thin silver tubes attached to them. I just thought they were some kind of pendants, but when I looked closer, I noticed that they looked like tiny telescopes. They were actually tiny 2-3 inch long kaleidoscope that really worked. At over $100 each, they weren’t cheap. But they were really cool and would make a unique gift. Anyone out there ever made their own full sized kaleidoscope before? I’d like to try my hand at one sometime.

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  • dotelpenguin December 13, 2009, 2:02 pm

    I used to make stained glass Kaleidoscopes as a kid. Dunno why I stopped it was fairly easy and fun.

    http://www.glass-kaleidoscope.com/SGK.html#KALEIDOSCOPES

    for basics on building them. If you can handle a soldering iron and glass cutter, a novice can probably build one in under 2 hours.

    • Julie December 13, 2009, 2:14 pm

      @dotelpenguin Thanks for the link!

  • Geakz December 13, 2009, 6:55 pm

    Ah yes, Nashville, Indiana. West of Gnaw Bone (http://tinyurl.com/2octm6) if I recollect. I love southern Indy. It’s been awhile since I’ve been there. I need to make an effort to revisit next time I’m down that way.

    • Julie December 14, 2009, 10:21 am

      @Geakz Where do you live? The next time you get down/up/over this way, let me know and we can maybe meet for lunch or something.

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