David Sugich's 'Nova Square' Kaleidoscope
Nova Square is similar to David's Nova Hex but in this Square version, the mirror system is made up of many smaller sized mirrors put together to achieve the grid marks you see in the photo. The long tapered body is made with blue patterned stained glass on two sides, with the third side in pearlescent white glass. It also features decorative soldering connecting each piece of glass. There is a clear marble at the narrow end, like teleidoscopes have, allowing the viewer to bring into view various colors of whatever one points this kaleidoscope at.
David has drawn concentric lines in purple, orange, red and green on one side of the mirror system, which are reflected onto the other two sides of mirror. These lines, along with the complex mirror system, create the amazing effect you see in the interior of this special kaleidoscope. But this kaleidoscope has an additional surprise for the viewer...loose beads that fall toward the eyepiece when lifted up quickly to the ceiling. When the kaleidoscope is then lowered quickly, the tiny beads seem to make that disco ball jump. Different effects can be created by raising or lowering the kaleidoscope more slowly and by using a flashlight to shine into the clear marble end or along the white glass side. These special effects are exaggerated because of Nova Square's tapered mirror system.
This scope is 17" long x 4" wide by 2-1/4" tall.