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Figure 1 - WOW with center reflection Figure 2 - WOW with full reflection
You will note that the mirror is in the center of the O in the word, and thus we are only using the last (or first) W and half the O. Your brain will take this word and in the reflections turn it
either into WOW or MOM. What mother wouldn’t want a
kaleidoscope that shows how you think about her in an interesting way? There is another reflection form we can illustrate with our word WOW and that is what was shown in the previous example. We can reflect the entire word and make it say MOM WOW as can be seen in Figure 2. Now we can show our mother how much more we think about her in our kaleidoscopes! I hope this introduction to ambigrams and kaleidoscopes has been educational and inspiring. For many years, I have enjoyed both, separately and together. In special scopes, unique ambigrams have been created for the owner to help celebrate. I hope you will check the ambigram resources listed in this article to help you start using them, but this comes with a word of caution. Most ambigrams are copyrighted and cannot be used without the permission of the creator. I do give you permission to use the WOW and MOM ambigrams because they are what I call natural ambigrams, those created by the words and not by an artist. For those who need more technical detail, such as how to get the words into the kaleidoscope, I recommend either of the following techniques: 1.
Print your ambigram on overhead transparency sheets available at office supply stores. 2.
Use rub on letters, if not using special lettering created by an artist. Place the transparency material between the mirrors and the object chamber. You can have the ambigram printed on material to keep it safe in the object chamber and incorporate it in the chamber. Though this may not always guarantee that the ambigram will show correctly, it does create interesting options to your artwork.
Ambigrams and Kaleidoscopes - continued from page 2
By changing the angles between the mirrors you can increase the reflections as with any object.