David Sugich's 'Baby Star Nova' Kaleidoscope
Baby Star Nova is similar to David's Nova and Nova Hex but in this version, the interior image looks like a spiked polyhedron! The triangle shaped body is made with stained glass in a variety of colors on two sides, with the third side in pearlescent white glass. It also features decorative soldering connecting each piece of glass. There are two 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 spiked polyhedron 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 the intricate interior paint.
This scope is 8-1/4" tall with a 3-1/4" triangle base.