Kaleidoscope - Chakra in Copper by Hiroshi Wakabayashi (dry cell 3M 5PT)
New in 2023, this is Chakra, a handheld dry cell kaleidoscope by Japanese kaleidoscope artist Hiroshi Wakabayashi.
The copper body of the scope is enhanced by torching the copper to create colorful heat patinas offering an antique look. The body is further enhanced with a series of colorful beads and stones set in a decorative gold epoxy. The artist has stamped the name of the scope into the lower section between the body and the object cell.
The smooth turning oil cell contains tiny polarized beads and wire, and a slice of dichroic glass, creating a rainbow of color inside. This kaleidoscope has a 3 mirror system with repeating 5 point mandalas.
This handcrafted Japanese kaleidoscope is 6" long, 2-1/2" wide at the object cell end and 2" wide at the eye piece end (including the decorative fin).