This Colorful Video Shows How Kaleidoscopes Are Made

Anna Green

Kaleidoscopes may produce spectacular and dazzling images, but their construction is surprisingly simple. Behind the sparkling, dreamlike patterns we see when we peer into a kaleidoscope are a couple of mirrors, a handful of beads, bits of shiny glass, and a little bit of glue.

In the short video above, YouTube channel How Its Made reveals step-by-step how professional kaleidoscope makers construct the classic toys. The video also provides a bit of background on the toy, telling the story of its invention, and explaining how a few simple mirror tricks produce such magical images.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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