Kaleidoscope 'King John's Castle' by Frank and Janet Higgins (Limited Edition 03/25)
Inspired by the ruins of Odiham castle, built in 1214 and the only castle in England with an octagonal Keep, this is King John's Castle, a handcrafted kaleidoscope in stained glass with an octagon shape.
The body is made from black iridescent glass with dichroic square pattern inserts in a double spiral arrangement. The object cell is a cage-mounted hybrid 2- part cell. The innermost cell is dry while the outermost cell is oil. Both are filled with lampworked and textured dichroic glass. The images appear as a conventional tumblescope complete with the clicking sound as the glass pieces tumble. Once the piece have tumbled however, the background image continues to move as the contents of the oil-filled section drift to rest. The images are 2 mirror, 45 degree offering an octagonal mandala-style image to match the shape of the body.
Overall dimensions are approximately 7-3/4" tall x 2-3/4" around at the object cell end. This piece is #3 in a Limited Edition of 25. Signed and dated by the artist.