What to look for when buying a kaleidoscope?

This is a question Art Of Toys often hears in the gallery.
As with any art I think the first step is the most obvious to buy what is appealing to you! With this said the outside of a kaleidoscope is a container or vessel to hold the mirror system and glasswork invented in 1815 by Sir David Brewster. Many kaleidoscope artists have as much artistry in the the outside scope as inside. Scopes by Master Woodworkers and engravers add to artistry as well as artists with a unique design concepts can all offer a bonus to the interior image art.

  • The inside image where the magic occurs have many factors to create an image, after you finish the ooo-ahs, check for the following that all contribute to the imagery.
  • How many mirrors in the mirror system used for the scope and if magnifying lens is part of the system will contribute to the clarity of the image.
  • What is used for color? Some examples- Wheels of Milfori, bits of things floating in oil, Dichrondric glass, agate, stainglass all contribute to the vibrancy of the scope.
  • Light source and how does the light enter the scope? From the side or front or even a projector can all contribute.

The artistry of the kaleidoscope is expierencing a rival of a lost art that is blossoming with our new technologies. Art Of Toys is proud to help you discover the different kaleidoscope artists and their work here.

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    Chesnik Kaleidoscope Cadet Dichroic Brass

    $147.00
  • CHESNIK Kaleidoscope

    Chesnik Shell Floret Brass Kaleidoscope

    $216.00
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    Small Floret Interchange Brass Chesnik Kaleidoscope

    $220.00
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    Chesnik Kaleidoscope Floret Small Interchange

    $220.00
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    Chesnik Floret Dichroic Kaleidoscope

    $225.00
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    Chesnik Kaleidoscope Art Pedestal Dichroic

    $264.00
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    Fiesta Pedestal Chesnik Kaleidoscope

    $270.00
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    Scott Cole Tama Wood Kaleidoscope

    $145.00
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    Steampunk Kaleidoscope by Scott Cole

    $240.00
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    Steven Gray Kaleidoscope Peep

    $270.00
  • Kaliedoscope

    Steven Gray Amped Kaleidoscope

    $265.00
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    Steven Gray Kaleidoscope Copper Camp

    $265.00
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    Steven Gray Quest Teleidoscope

    $197.00
  • Smail Enchantor Scope by Sheryl Koch

    Small Enchanter Scope by Sheryl Koch

    $56.00
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    Sheryl Koch Lil Enchantor Wand Scope

    $77.00
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    Sheryl Koch Kaleidoscope Art Enchanter

    $87.00
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    Kaleidoscope Sheryl Koch Starlet

    $54.97
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    Starlet Reed Kaleidoscope Art Sheryl Koch

    $54.97
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    Kaleidoscope Art Starlet Sheryl Koch

    $54.97
  • Starlet-Interchange

    Starlet Interchange Sheryl Koch Brass Swirl

    $99.00
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    Starlet Interchange Sheryl Koch Chrome Swirl

    $99.00
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    Kaleidoscope Starlet Interchange Sheryl Koch

    $94.00
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    Kaleidoscope Brass Reed Starlet Interchange Sheryl Koch

    $99.00
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    Sheryl Koch Starfire Kaleidoscope Spiral-Oak

    $152.00
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    Sheryl Koch Starfire Kaleidoscope

    $152.00
  • Sheryl Koch Brass Eclipse

    Sheryl Koch Brass Eclipse Kaleidoscope

    $288.00
  • Teleidoscope

    Sheryl Koch Tulip Teleidoscope

    $63.00
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    Sheryl Koch Fabric 1037 Kaleidoscope Art

    $34.00
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    Sheryl Koch Blue Sparkle Kaleidoscope Print

    $34.00
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    Yellow Sparkle Sheryl Koch Print

    $34.00
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    Tulip 1401 Sheryl Koch Kaleidoscope Art

    $34.00
  • Kaleidoscope Jewelry Shine Lori Riley

    Kaleidoscope Jewelry Shine-Gold Lori Riley

    $85.00
  • Kaleidoscope Jewelry Shine Lori Riley

    Kaleidoscope Jewelry Shine Lori Riley

    $85.00
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    Kaleidoscope Jewelry Sparkle-Gold Lori Riley

    $99.00
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    Kaleidoscope Jewelry Riley Radiance Silver

    $99.00
  • Riley-Kaleidoscope-Jewelry-Intensity-Gold

    Riley Kaleidoscope Jewelry Intensity Gold

    $126.00
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    Pink Fleur Kaleidoscope Marc Tickle

    $96.00
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    Beyond 123 Playable Abraka Rings Fidgit Puzzle

    $10.97
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    Beyond 123 Playable Abraka Black Fidgit Puzzle

    $10.97
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    OSM Kinetic Playable Stress Toy Black

    $8.97
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    OSM Kinetic Playable Stress Toy White

    $8.97
  • OSM kinetic playable stress toy yellow

    OSM Kinetic Playable Stress Toy Yellow

    $8.97
  • OSM kinetic playable stress toy red

    OSM Kinetic Playable Stress Toy Red

    $8.97
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    OSM Kinetic Playable Stress Toy Blue

    $8.97
  • KKaleidoscope Coloring Book

    Karadimos Kaleidoscope Coloring Book

    $14.50
  • Rainbow Maker

    Kikkerland Rainbow Maker

    $33.00
  • Wood Teleidoscope Prism

    Wood Teleidoscope Prism

    $3.75
  • Fractal-Coloring-Book nt

    Fractal Art Coloring Book

    $16.95
  • Mandala-Coloring-Book

    Mandala Coloring Book

    $16.95
  • Schylling Classic Tin Kaleidoscope

    Schylling Classic Tin Kaleidoscope

    $6.97
  • Schylling Tin Marble Scopes

    Schylling Tin Marble Scope

    $5.97
  • Wonder Wands

    Wonder Wand

    $4.97
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Kaleidoscope Toys

Art Of Toys is where the artists create art in the form of toys or use toys in their art. This is our Kaleidoscope Shop where you can find handcrafted kaleidoscopes and kaleidoscope toys.