|Sun and clouds filigree oil cell kaleidoscope with matching stand.|
I'm excited to finally have this fancy filigree scope finished.
Here are all the details I can think of.
My first oil cell scope, (see the steampunk one) has one problem. The end piece just slides right off. Well I fixed that.
This time I pre baked a band of clay around the tube. And pre baked a ring of clay inside the chamber section of tube. Then slid one onto the other, and proceeded to finish the piece.
So now the chamber end can be rotated and will not pull off.
The motion still feels a little rough as I am still using cardboard cores to clay over. So picture turning one cardboard tube over another. That's what the twisting motion feels like. It works fine but just doesn't have the smooth feel bearings would provide. I don't have a metal shop and for now this is the best I can do. Perhaps some day I'll attempt a metal core.
Don't let that term "cardboard" fool you. After I apply several layers of clay, baking each along the way, the finished piece is very solid feeling and very nice to hold.
I used a three mirror design so the image you see will fill the field. (sorry but I'm still trying to get good pictures of what you see looking through it. Seems I have to do that before closing up the end with the eyepiece. In this case, it's too late.)
Scopes I have for sale can be found in my Artfire shop in the Kaleidoscopes section.
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Jenny Mehlenbeck is the creator and owner of Artmakers Worlds ©1999 - now.