Kaleidoscope - 'MIKADO WAND' Polarized Oil Cell by Hiroshi Wakabayashi
A variation of his MIKADO kaleidoscope, this is Hiroshi's MIKADO WAND with a turning wand object cell. This handmade kaleidoscope features a 2 mirror system and an oil filled wand style turning object chamber containing tiny microbeads and pieces of transparent film. Light enters this kaleidoscope through both the wand and its housing which contains a disk of polarized film. This film filters out light rays that would normally pass through and illuminates the transparent pieces inside. The range of colors is caused by the light rays bending at various angles. Its like watching a kaleidoscope of rainbows.
The body of the scope is partly enhanced with a decorative and colorful Japanese print and partly with gold paint and tiny dichroic speckles which both complement the interior images. The exterior of the object chamber is also enhanced with a decorative gold epoxy. The artistic design of each kaleidoscopes varies slightly.
This scope is approximately 6-1/4" long, 1-1/4" wide at the eye piece end and 3-1/2" wide at the object chamber end.