Tortuga, a magnificent stained glass 2- and 3-mirror kaleidoscope featuring a textured blue background with a stained glass appliqued turtle on either side, swimming through a bed of seashells and sea grass, and trimmed in glass rods. The 2-mirror, isosceles triangle-shaped mirror system accessed through the large bottom eyepiece rewards the viewer with a complex, 12-point, round mandala. The 3-mirror, equilateral-shaped mirror system accessed through the top eyepiece produces an image filling the entire frame. It's the best of both worlds!
The large turning barrel is encrusted in multicolored dichroic and lamp-worked glass pieces and actual shells through the stained glass process. Sue decorated the top side with long glass rods, and finished it with her signature patina that she adds to all her soldering, resulting in a copper effect on the eyepiece end and other adornments.
The base measures 15" long x 4-1/2" wide, and the total height is 10-3/4" tall. This highly collectible kaleidoscope is mounted on a custom flat base of Padauk, an exotic hard wood. For the most discerning collector and lover of glass work, this is a work of art inside and out.
If this particular kaleidoscope style is not currently in stock, please be aware that the exact coloration and/or texture of exterior of this style may be slightly different than this photo when special ordered. Artists who work in glass typically start from very large sheets of glass whose colors, patterns, and/or texture often change and shift over the course of each sheet. Where the specific pieces of glass are cut on a sheet will determine what the end resulting kaleidoscope will look like. Also, Sue Rioux chooses to adorn her finished kaleidoscopes with varying colors of glass rods and other decorative details, depending on what she feels looks best.
Each time we receive new kaleidoscope styles for our regular inventory, we photograph them so we can feature the most current and accurate representation.