ABOUT US, SITE HELP AND KALEIDOSCOPE GUIDE:

REASONS TO SHOP FROM US: 1. We've been voted a top service online store by our customers!
2. We've been in business for over three decades.
3. We have periodic sales.
4. We're here to answer your questions by e mail or phone.
5. Your satisfaction is important to us.
6. We can work with large quantities for corporate accounts wanting customized kaleidoscopes.
7. We are customer oriented.
8. We maintain a large selection in all prices.
9. After many years we have knowledge of kaleidoscopes and have "depth of talent" to help you. CALL US AT: 1 608.348.7472 for any questions not answered on this ordering site.
10. Artists, we can be your source for first surface mirror used in kaleidoscopes!
11. Our site is well adapted to smart phones. Therefore you can order on your mobile device.
12. We can personalize a kaleidoscope for a special someone or a special event for a large group.



OUR HISTORY:
Our history involves over three decades of business experience at shops you may have visited. We started making kaleidoscopes at Wisconsin's #1 tourist attraction, the House on the Rock. From there, we added a second store at Mineral Point, Wisconsin, and a third in Galena, Illinois. Karl then opened one in Red Wing, Minnesota as he attended college, as well as a kiosk at the Mall of America.

With this wealth of experience, we can suggest kaleidoscopes in various price ranges, or help you find a rare "scope." We're knowledgeable about designing and building kaleidoscopes, having done so for many years.

We are proudly a member of the Brewster Society and regularly attend events to keep abreast of the latest and greatest designs. We feel we try our best to understand the entire scope industry because we've made them, taught how to make them, and sold them for over twenty years. We've even traveled the world extensively in search of new and old kaleidoscopes, which are rather rare. We appear in various kaleidoscope books and publications as a shop featuring fine kaleidoscopes, and as Cozy Baker (the recognized authority) says in her book, "Kaleidoscope Renaissance", we offer classes and materials,--but please call ahead. Our biggest goal is to offer and maintain customer service and satisfaction.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
Depth of talent-our professional staff is very experienced in working with small to large clients and difficult issues.

The client has easy access to the talent we can bring to YOUR promotions for your products or company.
We work to find plans which are commonly understood, and we can embrace your "sense of urgency" in working with your deadlines.


Visit us often, because we'll have some new items and special sales. From all of us, best wishes for a great 2012!

Sincerely,

Chuck and Donna Schilling

P.S. Please feel free to e-mail us at sdc53818@yahoo.com with special requests or clarifications..



Please refer to the subject that most interests you from the following: Site help, Search and Index, Using "Refresh", Kaleidoscope guide, Foreign orders, Our History, Our shipping policy, and/or Our return and refund policy.

SITE HELP:
We're glad you stopped at Kaleidoscope World to see the handcrafted treasures of kaleidoscopes and art glass. The categories on the home page identify the kaleidoscope product in a hopefully meaningful manner. These categories are; Kaleidoscopes for Collectors, Kaleidoscopes for Children, Kaleidoscopes under $95, Kaleidoscopes for Promotions, Kaleidoscopes for Educators. There is a SEARCH button to search for a specific type of scope, such as "teleidoscope." There is also an INDEX Button to locate any scope on this website. We hope your visit to our pages will help you recall some traditions from your own past--or perhaps even help you start some new traditions.


SEARCH AND INDEX:
The Red and Blue Buttons at the top are clickable. Note the "Search" button and the "Index" button for your shopping ease on our home page. The index is organized from A to Z and lists scopes we carry; however, some may have to be ordered. Note: Click on images for more ordering information. If there is no order button at the end of the chain, we are temporarily out of stock, so you cannot order this for immediate shipment, but we can save a product for you and send it as soon as it arrives. You can click the blue underlined text below for more information.


SHIPPING POLICIES:
Please check your order upon receipt to see if it's in good order and if anything is missing. Please contact us immediately upon receipt of your order with the issue so we can resolve any problem. We're happy when you're happy.

USING REFRESH FOUND ON TOOLS:
Please refresh your browser if you are returning to our internet site to get the latest information on what's available. Inventory is constantly changing, so just click your "refresh" button on your toolbar to receive the latest information regarding availability. State color choices on the comments section on the order form if there is no drop down box with which to choose.
CLICK ON THE SECTIONS OF THE MAIN PAGE (OR REFER TO THE INDEX) TO SEE OUR KALEIDOSCOPE SELECTIONS. YOU CAN CLICK ON A PICTURE ALSO TO GET A LARGER PICTURE WITH MORE DETAILING.


KALEIDOSCOPE GUIDE:
Here are some internal details for kaleidoscopes to help in your selection. Traditionally, there are two basic front surface mirror alignments fabricated into hand made Kaleidoscopes.

The first alignment is a two mirror fabrication which results in a central image, which we will refer to as a mandala.

The second alignment is a three mirror alignment which results in images throughout the entire field if view of the mirrors. The alignments are triangular within the body of the kaleidoscope. An example fof a 3 MIRROR scope we offer: is3 mirror GERMAN INSPIRED(MONIKA/ULRICH KARL'S) KALEIDOSCOPES FROM GERMANY $54-$80

The angle of the mirrors determines how many 'POINTS' in the resulting mandala image you see through the eye piece at the back of the scope. For example; a 22.5 degree arrangement (which is evenly divisible of 360 degrees) would result in eight point star mandala also referred to as sixteen fold symmetry. This produces a very nice image for your kaleidoscope. A specific example of DURETTE'S RHAPSODY IN BLUE,A 2 MIRROR scope we OFFER with a :9 POINT MANDALA. An example of a 6 point, 2 mirror, parlor scope of Aids Ice Flower(custom order) is:6 POINT MANDALA. See also Kaleidoscopes for Collectors category for fine, handcrafted artist produced scopes.


FOREIGN COUNTRY CUSTOMERS:
PLEASE ADD AN EXTRA 20% to your order. Also, the charges for foreign shipments vary, of course, so we will charge ACTUAL SHIPPING COSTS, and you are responsible for any customs duties, or value added tax. We will be more than happy to estimate the shipment costs for you if you e mail us to do so before we ship the item to you. Thank you for shopping with us.

OUR SHOP ADDRESSES, PHONE/EMAIL NUMBERS, AND E MAIL ADDRESSES:
Kaleidoscope World is a cybershop that first started with several shops:
THE GLASS'SCOPE (celebrated OUR 15TH Year in Red Wing, MN in 2003), we were at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, the DeSoto Hotel in Galena, IL, House on the Rock in Dodgeville, WI and Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, WI. We are presently ONLY online located in Platteville, WI
NOTE:
You can reach Donna or Chuck by e-mailing us at sdc53818@yahoo.com or calling us at 608-348-7472 or our cell at 608-778-7977. We prefer e mail!
sdc53818@yahoo.com

OUR SHIPPING:
We ship via USPS, UPS or FED EX. However, since we live in a rural area, USPS and UPS are more convenient for us. You are free to choose any of the three methods, since one may be better for you than another also.


RETURN AND REFUND POLICIES:
We are happy when you are happy. If for any reason you do not want the product that was shipped to you, please e mail us within a week of receiving the product. To return unwanted product, please assure that the product is in resale condition by proper wrapping upon return--usually double boxing is preferred for insurance purposes. If there is a return, we generally charge a 20% restocking fee. However, we do refund all money or issue credit for the item towards other product if the returned product is deficient in any way.