Make a Kaleidoscope From a Scanner

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This will show you how to take a scanner lens, and make it into a kaleidoscope. I chose not to seal the edges with tape, or glue to let light in. This way, it has a nice streak effect.

Step 1: Open It Up

Below the light, you will find three mirrors, CAREFULLY remove the light.

Now--be very cautions, the bulb in the scanner unit contains mercury vapors, and has the durability of a piece of uncooked spaghetti. Mercury vapors are invisible in most conditions.

Unscrew the brackets holding in the mirrors in the bottom of the unit.

Step 2: Assembly(A)

Now you should have three narrow long mirrors

There are two thicker ones, and 1 thinner one

Align the mirrors as shown:
(or however you like, if you think you can find a better arrangement)

Step 3: Assembly(B)

I held the mirrors in place with masking tape to let just a little light in to add a streak effect.

Your more than welcome to hold it together any way you want.

In these pictures I blocked the end, this is just ambient light coming in the sides where I didn't tape.



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    6 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

     Thanks for your Instrucable! I saved a HP officejet pro printer/scanner that a neighbour of mine left on the side walk. I took it apart yesterday and today, I am looking for ideas.... 

    2 replies

    If it's an older deep one, you can seal it off, install  motherboard, and some light, and make a very cool liquid cooled PC. I did it, it's funny watching people try and find the computer.

     Thanks for the suggestion! Unfortunately, the case was quite a mess. I dumped it yesterday. Next time...

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I didn't know how to spell it, Microsoft word said kaleidoscope, google said klidoscope, so I went with google, I'll fix that now.