Penn State Industries Kaleidoscope Kit

#KSEG Kal-eggoscope

Made in Taiwan

After nearly two years of trying all sorts of different options to put kaleidoscopes in my carvings, I stumbled across this one. The optics and instructions are really good. Contact the company for a catalog. You'll see lots of great things for woodturners!

...and it doesn't take an Einstein!

Here are step-by-step pictures of the assembly process. The kit includes great instructions, but I wish I would have had reference photos like these.

Be especially careful of the lenses and mirrors.

Any fingerprints or scratches will become a part of all your kaleidoscope images.

To assemble the chamber, place the bottom of the chamber on a flat, clean surface. Carefully peel the protective paper off one of the plain glass circles. Drop it into the chamber. Drop the cardboard spacer into the chamber and make sure it slides all the way down to rest on the glass.

Place the small pieces of colored cut glass shapes into the chamber. enough so that 3/4 of the glass is covered. If you pack them too tightly, they won't tumble and the image won't change. Drop the second glass circle on top. Screw the barrel onto the chamber.

To assemble the eyepiece, carefully remove the plastic film from the lens and drop it into the eyepiece cup...making sure that the curved side of the lens nestles into the curved side of the eyepiece cup. The little metal retainer can be a little tricky, but if you hold one end in place (a pencil eraser was suggested and works great!) then you can push the other end down until it snaps. i use a pencil eraser on one side and a wooden stick on the other.

Carefully slide the mirrors into the barrel. The unmarked sides should be toward the inside. I make a "V" with the first two mirrors and then slide the third one across the top to make a triangle. Screw on the eyepiece and take a look!

This picture doesn't do it justice...the real image is really much more sharp!

To install this kit in a woodcarving, you have to drill a 5/8" hole up through the center of the carving. The kits are made for hen egg sized carvings, but I use a goose egg-sized I can carve a hinged lid.

Unscrew the eyepiece and insert the barrel up through the bottom of the carving. Make sure the inside of the wood is smooth and free of dust and particles.

Screw the eyepiece in place and you're done!