Kaleidoscope Buying Guide

Kaleidoscope Buying Guide
SITE HELP AND KALEIDOSCOPE GUIDE:.
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.

1. 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 $90, Kaleidoscopes for Promotions, Kaleidoscopes for Educators and Hobbyists. 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 ones.


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.


2. 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 for a 3 MIRROR scope we offer: 3 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 mandalla 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 HISTORY:
Our history involves over two 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..