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What’s New at Kaleidoscopes To You This September?

This autumn, fall in love with our latest harvest of kaleidoscopes! We are constantly scouring the kaleidoscope world, and communicating regularly with the hottest designers in order to bring you the best selection of funky, fun, and new kaleidoscope styles, including vintage models that never go out of style.  This month’s new kaleidoscopes are no exception, especially the exquisite stained glass kaleidoscope series by Joanne Jacobs.

Wooden Kaleidoscopes

  • The Pièce de résistance that will have every kaleidoscope lover drooling is the stained glass kaleidoscope collection brought to us by the ever-talented Joanne Jacobs.  There are currently four unique and visually-stunning varieties, embellished with a faceted crystal at the end of the object cell, which is surrounded by a radiant ring of sparking Swarovski crystals. “Cappuccino” is a unique and visually-stunning glass piece that is truly a work of art!
  • If vintage is your forte then this 1983 “Handheld Dry Cell” by artist Peach Reynolds will captivate you. The orange hue inside the colorful tube is a perfect reflection of the autumn colors.
  • Are you a nature lover? If so, combine kaleidoscopes and the great outdoors, with the latest wooden kaleidoscopes from Peggy and Steve Kittelson. Made from solid maple, each piece in the Sierra Series is unique because of the character markings in the wood.

Visit KaleidoscopesToYou.com today to browse our entire collection of new kaleidoscopes.

A Kaleidoscope Artist Spotlight: Jan and Michael Collier

Jan and Michael Collier are a second generation husband and wife team of kaleidoscope artists. They are a part of the family business Collier Studios which began in 1985. They use their artistic talents to create amazing kaleidoscopes that are featured in a variety of series.

Spirit Series Kaleidoscopes
The kaleidoscopes within the spirit series are made of a durable acrylic. It uses a two-mirror system that displays a breathtaking image inside. The kaleidoscopes are designed to allow light to come in through the sides which adds to the beauty of the image inside. The eyepiece includes a dust cover that slides on to keep it clean. This series is both durable and affordable.

Seashell Sprit Series Kaleidoscopes
This series is made using a durable acrylic and is designed with seashell and starfish artwork on the exterior. It has a two-mirror system that allows you to see the tiny seashells and colorful pieces inside. The eyepiece includes a dust cover to keep it clean.

Chrome Series Kaleidoscopes
This series uses three different mirror systems within it. A Vortex Tunnel mirror System, two-mirror system, and three-mirror system are all used. It is made with acrylic and chrome with bright colorful clay pieces on the inside giving the viewer beautiful images to look at.

Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscopes
The Cherry Blossom kaleidoscopes are made using an acrylic material for the exterior. The interior displays beautiful colors that create designs related to cherry blossoms on the inside.

Peacekeeper Wooden Kaleidoscopes
This series is made using solid woods which provide a beautiful exterior. The interior gives you a view of a five point star of bright colors, through a two-mirror system.

Which is your favorite kaleidoscope by Jan and Michael Collier?

Into the Looking Glass – A Kaleidoscope Artist Spotlight: Steve & Peggy Kittelson

When it comes to intricately designed stained glass kaleidoscopes. The work of Steve and Peggy Kittelson stands out from the rest. This husband and wife duo has been turning out award winning kaleidoscopes for years. Active members of the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society since 1986, Peggy and Steve have received numerous awards for their colorful and exquisitely crafted designs.

After years of perfecting his craft, Steve is now a master of glass fusing and creating seamless mirror systems. The quality of the images his mirrors create is remarkably crisp and clear, making for perfect images and incredible fields of color.

Peggy Kittelson specializes in the handmade glass beadwork floating in the oil filled object chambers of each kaleidoscope. Her imaginative use of color and form create fantastic combinations of color and texture in every piece they create.

Together, the Kittelson’s work offers kaleidoscope lovers some of the finest views available. Their stained glass kaleidoscopes come in a variety of finishes, from marbled looking glass to mosaic styled pieces. They even offer decorative kaleidoscopes that are adorned with glass figures of flowers, cats, and more. Whether you’re looking for a standard sized kaleidoscope or a larger parlor kaleidoscope, Peggy and Steve Kittelson have you covered with some of the finest stained glass kaleidoscopes available anywhere.

Into the Looking Glass – A Kaleidoscope Artist Spotlight: Bob & Grace Ade

This month, we shine our KaleidoscopesToYou.com Kaleidoscope Artist Spotlight on Bob and Grace Ade, whose modern kaleidoscope art creations are among the favorites at our store. Their stained glass and modern art kaleidoscopes are masterworks of visual art.

For the Ade’s, it all began with candle making in New Jersey, but the discovery of a stained glass kaleidoscope in a gift shop drew the pair to scope-making. An interest in art and glass prompted Grace and Bob to learn glass fusing and glass blowing techniques, which they could use for their kaleidoscope designs. Bob’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University has helped him design and build his visual spectacles.

Years have passed since their kaleidoscope discovery, and Grace and Bob now call Seattle, Washington home. Kaleidoscope creation has overtaken much of their house on Puget Sound. They’ve raised six children, five of whom help them when kaleidoscope orders are too numerous for the couple to handle. The Ade’s have designed 40 different kaleidoscope models, with a focus on generating beautiful, interesting images within their scopes.

While Bob and Grace enjoy traveling throughout the United States, visiting and trading with other kaleidoscope artists, their future plans include the creation of more kaleidoscopes.
At KaleidoscopesToYou.com, we carry a large selection of stained glass and modern art kaleidoscopes from Grace and Bob Ade. Check out their wonderful creations yourself today.

Kaleidoscope Artist Highlight: Kathleen Hunt

For over 10 years, glass artist Kathleen Hunt has been using classic stained and fused glass techniques to create beautiful handcrafted kaleidoscopes. Each of Hunt’s kaleidoscopes is a magnificent work of art with unique embellishments. You’ll surely enjoy the beauty that is offered by one of Hunt’s stunning kaleidoscope works of art!

Revel in the magic of Hunt’s Fused Wheel Kaleidoscopes. These colorful scopes are approximately 8″ long, and feature multi-colored fused glass wheels that have a colorful display of glass pieces. The Fused Wheel Kaleidoscopes are available in blue, white and red.

Take off to an adventurous land with Hunt’s Aerospace Kaleidoscopes! Available in blue and red, these amazing kaleidoscopes are shaped like airplanes and measure 9.5″ long and 4 3/8″ tall. Each Aerospace Kaleidoscope features two colorful hand fused glass wheels. Whether you’re decorating a child’s room or displaying it on your desk, an Aerospace Kaleidoscope is a charming addition to a room’s décor!

With a barrel made from red iridescent stained glass and an end that’s decorated with bits and pieces of iridescent stained glass chips and beads, the Modern Glass Art Kaleidoscope is a marvelous addition to any kaleidoscope collection! Sitting atop a crystal pedestal, this kaleidoscope art will create the perfect discussion piece for your office desk or the end table in your living room.

You can learn more about kaleidoscope and glass artist Kathleen Hunt and her magnificent works of kaleidoscope art at KaleidoscopesToYou.com.

Top Kaleidoscopes & Kaleidoscope Products on Pinterest: October

At Kaleidoscopes To You, we have a new obsession ” Pinterest. Have you been on Pinterest lately? You can find so many great ideas and products, including kaleidoscopes! We searched Pinterest far and wide to discover what kaleidoscopes and kaleidoscope products people are pinning the most. We’ve compiled them into a list of our top 5 kaleidoscopes and kaleidoscope products on Pinterest.

1. The Tan Feather and Leather Kaleidoscope by Artists, Tom and Carol Paretti is a favorite for one Pinterest user. This beautiful kaleidoscope would make a wonderful addition to any kaleidoscope collection!
Pinned by: http://pinterest.com/kaleidokarl/

2. The Teleidoscope, Kaleidoscope Necklace by Corki Weeks is a beautiful detailed necklace that’s perfect for every kaleidoscope lover. It’s no wonder one Pinterest user pinned the necklace onto a board titled, “Functional Wearables”!
Pinned by: http://pinterest.com/spiralshannon/

3. If you’re searching for a kaleidoscope with plenty of color you’ll surely find what you’re looking for in the Seashell Spirit Kaleidoscope by Michael Collier!
Pinned By: http://pinterest.com/lindatom7/

4. Whether you’re looking for a gift for someone special or you’re treating yourself, this kaleidoscope necklace in a silver and antique pewter finish is a beautiful addition to any jewelry collection!
Pinned by: http://pinterest.com/kimli/

5. Dress up your outfit with a stunning stained glass jewelry brooch! This Navy Iridescent Brooch by Joanne Jacobs looks great on any blouse, scarf, or jacket.
Pinned by: http://pinterest.com/shanz610/

We want to know, what are some of your favorite, pin-worthy kaleidoscopes and kaleidoscope products at KaleidoscopesToYou.com?

Corki Weeks is one of the most prolific and creative kaleidoscope artists

Corki Weeks Kaleidoscope Artist Profile

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Corki kaleidoscope  artistsCorki Weeks is one of the most prolific and creative kaleidoscope artists of the last 30 years. Her work has spanned brass, glass and mixed media for kaleidoscopes ranging from tiny necklaces to large parlor kaleidoscopes. Her knowledge base and warm and open personality have earned her a top spot within the hearts and minds of the kaleidoscope community. Corki is known for developing new and creative mirror systems. Her latest whim is taking down a path of beads and curved and slumped dichroic glass angles. These are appearing within the mirrors and on object cells on her kaleidoscopes and around the necks of those admiring the kaleidoscopes as well as admiring Corki. Corki Weeks is a top kaleidoscope artist.

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Kittelsons, Fantastic Kaleidoscope Artists

Kittelsons, Fantastic Kaleidoscope Artists

Here is a Picture Of Peggy painstakingly making one Lamp worked Part for a Mystic Rapture Kaleidoscope.

Columbine Kaleidoscope By Steve & Peggy Kittelson

Columbine Kaleidoscope By Steve & Peggy Kittelson

This Picture is a picture of a grouping of Cranberry Kaleidoscopes just cooling down after being in the 1300 degree slumping kiln.

Peggy and Steve work and live together with their glass. Their studio is steps from their home and pond tucked away in a hollow in Northeast Iowa. Peggy’s skill of lampworking is inspired by the natural setting and Steve’s stained glass skills are always impeccable. There skills are a perfect compliment to each other’s talents. The delicacy of Peggy’s lampworking comes through especially in their Flower Series of Kaleidoscopes. She lampworks a delicate sculpted glass flower that floats within the object cell and then Steve creates the fused panel for the exterior to compliment the flower.

Just take a look at Columbine in the Single Flower series. http://www.kaleidoscopestoyou.com/cokabystpeki.html

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Modern Glass Art Kaleidoscope "Columbine" Limited Edition #5 of 25 Flower Series Kaleidoscope By Kaleidoscope Artist, Steve and Peggy Kittelson

Gorgeous 5 point star image mimics the Columbines’ blooms. Exquisite lavenders and Blues float within the object cell. Delicate Flame sculpted Columbine Blooms inside the object cell. The image is breathtakingly intricate. Dimensions are 9 1/2 tall by 2 inch diameter. This kaleidoscope normally comes with a hand turned walnut base but can be ordered with the glass base or walnut base.

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