Handmade Brass Kaleidoscope, "Small Brass Contempo" by Artist Chesnik Studios.
This brass kaleidoscope by kaleidoscope artist, Janice Chesnik is titled Contempo and has a great brass body and solid walnut handle that is designed to be lifted out of the base for easy and enjoyable viewing. Contempo features 4 interchangeable wheels. Two interchangeable wheels are dichroic wheels. One is an agate wheel, beautiful inside and out. The fourth wheel is millefiori glass.A real hand made work of art that will sure to be a conversation starter on your coffee table. This a very special piece by Jon each one is signed, dated Chesnik Scopes and is crafted of solid brass and the choicest of materials. The brass plated exterior and edge of the wheels of this kaleidoscope is now treated with a PVD coating finish preventing tarnishing. A durable long lasting tarnish free surface that is a similar finish to that used on our kitchen faucets. To Clean simply clean with a soft cloth and a non-abrasive cleaner. Do not use brass polish. The kaleidoscope features 8 point three mirror System in a round solid brass tube, which rests onto the smartly designed base. Janice Chesnik has been making kaleidoscopes for over 30 years now and is recognized as a leader in her field. She has won many awards for her kaleidoscopes and her son and daughter in law have continued the line of kaleidoscopes under the family name.
There are 2 Dichroic wheels a primary wheel and a secondary wheel. Dichroic glass is a specially formed glass that will actually pickup different colors changing under different background colors and different lighting conditions. Dichroic glass is made by adding materials to the glass that is suspended on the ceiling of a specially made vacuum machine. A sheet of Dichroic glass can cost up to $144.00 a square foot, due to its unique hand crafted manufacturing process.
Primary Dichroic Wheel: Primary Dichroic Wheel this wheel is made of more textured glass.
Secondary Wheel: The secondary Dichroic Wheel is made of more flat mirror like glass.
Agate Wheel: This wheel is made of natural sliced agate slabs from all around the world including Brazil.
Millefiori Wheel: Millefiori is process by which you bundle together glass rods of different colors and stretch them to the desired diameter. When you cut the rods they will form what looks like a flower. This is an old Italian process.
The Small Contempo stands approximately 10 inches tall. The barrel is 8" long and 1 1/2" in diameter. Each Wheel is 3 inches in Diameter. The base measures 6 3/4 inches long by 4 inches wide. Also, comes in a nice box for safe arrival to you and for easy gift wrapping. Brass Plate is an additional $20.00 ( 4-7 days needed to complete engraving.)