Exquisite Fused Glass Parlor Kaleidoscope is handcrafted by Peggy and Steve Kittleson and is inspired by the quiliting of Paula Nadelstern. Steve Kittleson fuses and slumps black glass with dichroic glass and black stringers to create the exterior barrel of this kaleidoscope. This created a smooth mosaic pattern of silver, pearl, gold and copper with geometric borders and background of glossy black. A layer of clear glass is also fused for the top layer which creates a depth and gloss to the surface of the kaleidoscope. Take a look at the signature place and you can see the depth. The eyepiece is also the matching fused dichroic glass with an eye opening in a keyhole shape that measures one inch long and 1/2 inch at the wider side. Steve uses traditional stained glass techniques to build the barrel that is mounted onto a solid wood base that is painted glossy black. The object cell fittings are gold plated and have an internal ball bearing mechanism so the turning is fluid and smooth.
Peggy Kittleson's lamp working within the object cell is delicate and lacy as inspired by the quilt by Paula Nadelstern. Being almost all dichroic glass that is lampworked, the shimmer and detail within the object cell and thus within the interior image is so very delicate. Aventurine Gold glass is also included to add sparkle to the shimmer of dichroic white. Accents of copper, pale green and pale blue and a splash of bright red/orange add pop and the crisp white also sharpen the interior image. The black background has picked up some of the dichroic to create a hint of a starry night sky to the backdrop within this kaleidoscopic image. You can see how every stitch in the Paula Nadelstern quilt inspired the interior image within this kaleidoscope.
Dimensions of this kaleidoscope are 8 inches by 4.5 inches at the bottom of the wood base. The barrel measures just under 13 inches long and has a diameter of 3 3/4 inches. Overall height is approximately 13 inches with an overall length of 13 inches and an overall width of 4 1/4 inches.