Kaleidoscope Glossary

Cell - Same as object case

Dichroic - Glass treated with metal oxides, showing different colors depending on the angle of light falling on it 

Dihedral - Two-mirror

First-surface mirror -  Same as front-surface mirror

Flamework - See Lampworking

Front-surface mirror -  Reflecting metal is on the front surface of the glass, rather than behind the rear surface as in a conventional mirror

Fused glass - Colored pieces of glass joined together by heating in a kiln

Lampworking -   A process using a specially designed torch or lamp to heat glass rods for sculpting, blowing, or beadmaking

L.E.D. -   Light-emitting diode

Lens - A piece of glass or other transparent substance with two opposing curved surfaces, or one plane surface and one curved surface

Mandala - A circular design containing concentric geometric forms; the term for a kaleidoscope's interior image

Millefiore -  Cross-section slices of multicolored glass in floral or other designs

Object case -  Container at end of scope holding objects to be viewed

Object chamber -  Same as object case

Oil-suspension - Bits and pieces floating in an oil-filled object case

Optically treated mirror -  Chemically coated to prevent discoloration

Polarized light - Light that vibrates in one plane only (in contrast to ordinary light, which vibrates in all directions)

Puck - Same as object case

Slumped glass - Flat glass placed over a mold and heated until it bends

Teleidoscope - See Types of Scopes

Three-mirror system -  See Mirror Systems

Two-mirror system - See Mirror Systems