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This kaleidoscope can be very basic or you can customize both its appearance and what you see through it. Total cost: around $15. Total time: about 15 minutes.
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Step 1: Gather materials

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Gather materials. Here is a list of what you will need
1-clear acrylic tube 10" long with a 1 1/4" inside diameter
3- mirror pieces 10" X 15/16". Plastic is best for safety and it can be sanded for perfect fit.
1-1 1/4" diameter clear disk
1-1 1/2" diameter cabochon
1-small tube of clear glue

I got these pieces at TAP Plastics You can also buy the kit TAP put together.

Optional stuff to add style:
1-piece of sparkle paper, or other material to wrap around the kaleidoscope
1-clear tube 2" long by 1 1/2" inside diameter
1-1 3/4" diameter clear circle
Small colorful parts (Step 7)

Step 2: Assemble the mirrors

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Form the mirrors into a triangle (shiny side in) and slide them into the tube. If the fit is too tight, sand the outside edges until they just wedge in and don't move. Make sure you clean them first, because if you can't get them back out, you'll never be able to clean them

Step 3: Glue the parts

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Using the clear glue (I used Weld-On #16 which is designed for plastic), glue the 1 1/4" disk onto one end of the tube. Use very little glue.

Step 4: Glue the cabochon

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Glue the cabochon to the other end, using the same glue. Again, just use a dab so that it does not get in the viewing area. Let the glue dry and then enjoy the view through this cool toy. Not recommended for use while driving!

Now you can do some great optional stuff to make the kaleidoscope look good from the outside and also create unbelievable images looking through it. Step 5 will show you how.

Step 5: Decorate the kaleidoscope

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I used adhesive backed sparkle film to wrap my kaleidoscope. It was a piece 9 3/4" by 4 3/4". You could use wrapping paper, rattle snake skin, etc. You ask, why was it 9 3/4" long when the tube is 10" long? The answer is in step 8.
jlee284 years ago
someone please answer my questions i got a project needa do keleidoscope
tap guy (author)  jlee282 years ago
jlee28, sorry for the late response. The complete kit is available at our website. Do a search on "Kaleidoscope" and you'll find it there.
jlee284 years ago
the clear tube 2" long by 1 1/2" inside diameter where to buy? i tried searching on tap plastics but cant find
jlee284 years ago
when will it come after i ordered the kit?
francism986 years ago
i think this is the make your own kaleidoscope kit i know it because my cousin has one and its the same.
sgsidekick6 years ago
Cute. Uh, was the toenail clippings comment just to make sure people actually read these?? ;-)