Kaleidoscopes module 10
I know it looks like I have abandoned the kaleidoscope posting but I have not gone away. I have had some extra long days at work and I have just had no gas left when I got home. Thanks for a job.
Well so much for that dribble. Let’s kinda summarize what we have covered so far. I have pictures in my photo album and maybe they will clear up most questions anyone has up to this point.
I would think the main bullets for this project could go as follows.
1) Decide what wood you want to use. Anything you find pleasant will work. One scope I made was from plain bass wood. When I got it to the right point I handed it over to my wife and she painted a marble faux finish on it. Very stunning.
2) I would think about which mirror system you want , a 2 mirror system, a 3 mirror system. Now is the time to decide if 45 deg mirrors are ok. Actually this is probably the best angle to start with since I haven’t posted the dimensions for the glass and mirror widths. If anyone wants them I will post them later. Let me know is needed.
3) Do all the wood glue ups and turn and drill the wood pieces and cut the groove for the retainer wire. Finish all the wood parts to the shape and finish you prefer.
4) Cut the wire to the proper length to slip into the groove. Make sure the ends do not touch shorter is better.
5) Make the object cell either dry or with mineral oil. Just make sure the oil doesn’t leak out when turner lip end down.
6) Cut a 1inch square clear glass lens to go into the eye piece end. Place a small dab of silicone into the hole way down in the eye piece. Just be mindful not to squeeze silicone into the viewing are.
7) Install the object cell into the object cell housing into the 1 Ĺ diameter pocket we drilled. Make sure it pushes all the way down to the bottom. Squeeze silicone around the object cell at the outer edge of the cell at the hole side.
8) Insert mirror system into the barrel. Apply silicone into the 3 voids on each end of the barrel, just do not get any into the inside of the mirror. Should some get in the mirror don’t panic. Let it cure then peel it off the mirror with a sharp knife. Be careful not to damage the mirrors of cut yourself. Blood in the mirrors does not enhance the view. J
9) Now go take a rest, take in a movie or anything to keep your mind off the scope, it needs time for the silicone to cure.
10) Place the wire into the groove in the barrel and slide the object cell housing onto this end slide it over the wire and on down onto the barrel until you feel the wire snap into the internal groove in the housing. This will retain the housing so it rotates without falling off.
11) Sparingly smear silicone around the inside of the eye piece hole and slide the eyepiece onto the barrel. Just slide it straight on and do not rotate it any. Slide it to the bottom and stop.
12) Let everything just sit there for a while so the silicone cures then start looking through the eyepiece and rotate the object cell and enjoy the view.
Since the colored beads randomly fall as the cell is rotated the view will never repeat the same pattern. Every movement of the object cell make some of the beads shift creating a brand new image. So if you never want to miss the view you can never stop looking and rotating.
This is mostly the end of this series of instructions. I hope they have been of some value to everyone that has read them. I will be posting again from time to time about anything I think may help.
I can be reached at [email protected] feel free to get in touch with questions or suggestions I am open to offering and help or additional topics you want to know about.
It has been fun, it has been real, and it has been my pleasure.
Mr. Wayne [email protected]