Mitzi  Boyd

Mitzi has been making kaleidoscopes for 30 years, having been trained by the best in the industry. She has benefited greatly from professionals such as Steven Underberg, Scott Cole, Sheryl Koch and Marc Tickle. Mitzi has made kaleidoscopes from an array of materials including PVP pipe, acrylic tube, bamboo cane, stained glass, wood and pen turnings. Although Mitzi is involved with multiple other crafts including beading, stained glass, painting, wood turning, jewel making, polymer clay, and enameling, her first love has always been kaleidoscopes. I find them so fantastic, I can look into them for hours, says Mitzi. Kaleido-scopes are also used to treat pain in Asia. Mitzi lives in South Carolina with her husband who is a master Windsor chair maker and an instructor. Mitzi says, I believe the more you learn the younger you feel.

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Kaleidoscopes - Mitzi Boyd
Kaleidoscopes-Creating Magic. In this class you will learn the exterior and interior construction of a scope by making one out of PVC pipe. Second, we will use a 5x7 picture {that you bring} to make an acrylic memory scope. The end will contain crystals of birthstones or small objects that have sweet memories. Third, we will make a brass scope with a liquid filled wand at the end. Last, if time permits, we will make a small 2 ½” scope that can be made into a necklace or keychain. I use the front surface mirror and magnifying lens to show the clarity of the beautiful magic you have created. Basic knowledge of glass cutting and soldering is useful, but I will help you learn this. We will discuss different mirror systems and different materials to make high quality scopes.  Most of all we'll have fun and learn a craft the whole family will love.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$75
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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