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A magazine dedicated to the skills and artistry of kaleidoscopes and kaleidoscope making.

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Kaleidoscope ReviewVolume 1 No. 2: August, 1999 $6.00

Party for the EyesPart I

Artist GalleryWill & Pat Geho, Willuminations

Whats in Store?Off the Wall Craft Gallery and Owner Karen Deets are Highlighted in this Issue.

In the WorkshopMake a kaleidoscope using a potato chip can. Learn about the object chamber.

Generating Kaleidoscope Images (Part I)Using Computers to Generate Kaleidoscopic Images. This Issue Features Screensavers.

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Dan Robinson Vince Cianfichiwould like to say to all the artists who allow us to enjoy ourand


kaleidoscope passion.

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Kaleidoscope ReviewFEATURES

Volume 1 No. 2 August 1999

The Magazine Covering the World of Kaleidoscopes

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Generating Kaleidoscope Images (Part I) Computers and software used to create kaleidoscopic images. Part 1 deals with screensavers. Brett Bensley, Editor

COLUMNS From the Editors Desk What makes a good kaleidoscope.Brett Bensley, Editor


Letters to the Editor Questions and comments from readers, as well as answers.


Artist Gallery Two brothers team up to make unique kaleidoscopes using various hardwoods.

In the Workshop Our first kaleidoscope using a potato chip can.


Whats in Store? Off-the-Wall Craft Gallery is featured. Karen Deets shares her starting experiences.

UPCOMING Generating Kaleidoscope Images (Part II) In the second part of this article, the author will cover software that manipulates images to create static kaleidoscopic images.This issues cover is an image from a kaleidoscope created by the editor, Brett Bensley. The kaleidoscope is a one-of-a-kind just designed for photographic purposes. Brett is also an international kaleidoscope artist as well as a part-time writer and editor of this magazine. Submissions for cover images and ideas are welcome and appreciated. We also appreciate submissions for the centerfold of each issue.

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From the Editors Deskhat makes one kaleidoscope a great? That question has been asked a number of times. Even in this magazine we frequently ask our featured artists or stores that question. The answer is always different at the start. Some will say a two mirror system. Some will oppose that with a tapered three mirror system. Some will just say a good image with clear optics. That will also be opposed with an interesting casing. Some say wood scopes are the best, while others will defend glass kaleidoscopes. In the end it always gets to the same answer: what the person buying or enjoying likes best. There are so many different kaleidoscope designs, using so many different materials, with many different mirror systems and optics that the great kaleidoscope will vary. There are many great kaleidoscopes out there. Even though some artists and collectors may not give a kaleidoscope a second, or even first, look, doesnt mean that someone wont find that kaleidoscope a work of art or treasure. I personally have two examples. One of my very early kaleidoscopes was an experimental piece using some rather ugly glass in my opinion. But just as soon as it was in the store, it was sold. It was one of my fastest selling kaleidoscopes ever. I was told by the store owner that the person fell in love with it. Another example was an accident. I failed to seal a kaleidoscope correctly and some of the flux used to solder the kaleidoscope seeped in and removed part of the mirror. Definitely a learning experience. Having it on a rack, not knowing of its condition, someone grabbed it and said, Ive got to have this! I dont know how you did this trellis work in the image, but I love it! I then took a look. I couldnt sell such a kaleidoscope and explained why, stating it was flawed. I apologized for even displaying such a scope. The lady buying the kaleidoscope said she wanted it anyway, and that I have to sell it to her. In surprise, I offered her a discount since it was defective in my perspective. She wouldnt hear of such a thing and proceeded to offer me more than the price. Of course I sold it to her for the regular retail price. To make my story short, it is not a good idea to make decisions for other people. What one person loves, another may hate. One person may love one artists work while hating another. It is good to keep that in mind when it comes to kaleidoscopes. As summed up by Will Geho in the article on Willuminations, beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. Is a $3.00 cardboard kaleidoscope any less wondrous to the mind of a child than a $3,000.00 museum quality work to the collector? The answer has to be a resounding, NO!Brett Bensley Editor, Kaleidoscope Review

Kaleidoscope Review Managing Editor: Brett Bensley, csbdb@eiu.edu Editorial Assistant: Kelley Bensley Feature Writers: Karen Deets Proofreader: Peter Johnston Copy Editors: Brett Bensley, Peter Johnston Graphic Design and Layout: Hui Sing Cover: Brett Bensley Kaleidoscope Review is published bi-monthly by Bensley Enterprises, 1116 Madison Ave., Charleston, IL 61920. Phone (217) 3480855. Cover price is $6.00 US per issue. Subscription rate is $34.95 US per year in the United States. Please send address changes to Bensley Enterprises. Printed in U.S.A. Use of Material Published in Kaleidoscope Review In order to protect everyone involved we have established the following guidelines for reprinting. The author may use articles immediately if he/ she includes the phrase reprinted with permission of Kaleidoscope Review/ Bensley Enterprises. Anyone other than the author should contact Bensley Enterprises concerning reuse of the material.


This issue of Kaleidoscope Review is in memory of Doug VanDamme. Doug will not be forgotten by the many collectors and artists his life has touched.4 Kaleidoscope Review August 1999

Letters to the editorEditors introduction: We have been getting a lot of correspondence since release of our first issue. A number of questions get included, so we are adding this section to the magazine to answer them. Please send in questions concerning the magazine or kaleidoscopes in general.

page. I say it is a geyser, my wife claims it is a smoky mountaintop. Who is right? I have a dinner and movie in the pot. From Bill Concrane, Ohio Bill, you win the bet. Gerald informs me that the image is of the famous geyser, "Old Faithful." We have a complete listing of the images for those who want to write in for them. We left them untitled so people could guess. Now everyone reading this issue knows at least one of them. When is the magazine going full color? From W. S. W., California We would like to go color on every page as soon as possible. To do so requires the financial support of the advertisers and readers. With your help we will be printing our first all color issue soon. Is it easy to make a kaleidoscope? Jimmy K. Smathers, OH Jimmy, Kaleidoscope making is sometimes easy and sometimes very difficult and complicated. There are wonderful kits that are available that with a little glue and patience make wonderful images. The kaleidoscopes that are available in most of the stores and from most of the artists mentioned in this magazine are works of art, and as such are frequently time consuming and complicated. Experiencing kaleidoscope making will help all understand the effort of the artists to create their masterpieces.

What is the liquid used in kaleidoscopes? From M.C. of Wisconsin That is both an easy and tough question. From my experience and discussions with other kaleidoscope artists, most liquid filled object chambers contain distilled water, glycerin, or mineral oil. I have used distilled water and glycerin, and a mixture of both. I have heard, but have not tested, that mineral oil can decompose some adhesives used to seal the container. If any other artist would like to respond, I will be glad to include it in a future issue. Where can I get large ball lenses for a kaleidoscope I am making? From S. James, NJ I have yet to find a good source for these myself. I get most of my lenses from Edmund Scientific Company, Inc., 101 East Gloucester Pike, Barrington, NJ/USA 08007-1380, Phone: (800) 728-6999. There are other sources, and each kaleidoscope artist has their own preferences. Again, if any other artist knows of a source they are willing to share with us, please do so. Help me settle a wager with my wife. Those kaleidoscope pictures by Gerald Bonsack in your first issue, we can figure all of them out except for the last one, at the bottom of the

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Generating Kaleidoscope Images (Part I)The Magic of Mandalas and ColorHealing Arts Kaleidoscopes combines the healing properties of mandalas with color therapy to produce custom kaleidoscopes for your personal needs. Stressed out? Need some relaxation? Try our kaleidoscope with pink gems. Want to reduce a headache? Try our green kaleidoscope. Having bad dreams? We might have the kaleidoscope for you. Need to increase the romance in your life? Contact your dealer about your particular problems, and let us make a kaleidoscope to suite your needs. Healing Arts Kaleidoscopes are distributed through: Bensley Enterprises 1116 Madison Ave. Charleston, IL 61920 (217) 348-0855Clinical studies have not been completed to substantiate any claims for health benefits by using kaleidoscopes and color. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent illness or disease.


he images created by kaleidoscopes have fascinated many since the device was first created. In the last 20 years, kaleidoscopes have accentuated the image by using technologically advanced mirrors. Not to be ignored are the many talented kaleidoscope artists who are innovative in their use of the mir