# Kaleidos made from ...... Incredible Butterfly Wing Scales!! ~ Extra Large

324 pieces
116 solves
These kaleidos are made from macro photographs of butterfly wing scales. I made them in December last year, after Rob (robryan) posted some photos, leading me to explore. They are the most amazingly beautiful things. Thanks to Rob for providing the inspiration!!

You can see some examples of photographs of them here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13084997@N03/sets/72157622467961844/

I use freely available images and a variety of programs to make my kaleidoscopes, colour the backgrounds and assemble them into a collage. All of which takes around 2 hours.

It gives me immense pleasure making them, and I hope it gives you pleasure solving them. :-)

I think my early technique for large ones was similar, Don. These days I usually assemble the outers, because they are distinct due to their background colours. And as I find the centres, I add them or pile them in groupings for easy location later. And then somewhere along the line, when I have enough of the individual squares assembled, I start attaching them all together to make the final puzzle. My rule is if you pick a piece up, you pretty much need to find a home for it. Otherwise you're a double-handling. And that's not very efficient. And like you, I like a systematic solve. I think that's what appeals to me about solving kaleidos. The symmetry allows you to use the same solving technique for all of them, and just adjust for size as required.

On that note, I must dash. It's early Sunday morning here - 6:30 am. And I have a Sunday morning job, of helping friends sell flowers at a local community market. I still have that retirement to fund!! So off I go. As always, it's been nice chatting with you. See you next time. :)))

Well, I set aside an hour and did another big one. The degree of difficulty certainly goes up in this size - which is a good thing. I build the frame, then segregate the remaining pieces by general color and pattern similarity. I try to identify centers and assemble them (not always possible), and look for the four corner pieces of the internal frame, which often have a bit of color showing (this gives me a hint of the pattern inside the kaleido). Then I try working out from the center. When I've completed those I can that way, I start working in on the ones I have corner pieces for. When that's done, I start figuring out which of the empty kaleidos the remaining pieces fit. Having to use multiple approaches to systematically work to the finale appeals to me, and makes it more like the process of traditional larger puzzles.

I love these kaleidos for all the same reasons, Gail. That iridescence is amazing, isn't it? And I'm glad you enjoy my efforts. I hope your weather is treating you well too. :)))

Gorgeous, Kirsten. I love how you can see the scales and shimmeriness of the puzzle. I also love how it looks 3 -D in places with pieces curling in or out. My favorites are the center, the top right, and the top center. Thanks for all your puzzle making:) Enjoy your nice weather.

Our spring is only a few weeks in, Davon. And while it's reasonably green now, we're expecting a torrid summer, so it will brown off in no time. I like spring and autumn. The weather is much more mild. Like today. Sunny, and low twenties (72). Perfect!! Enjoy your autumn!! And on that note, I'm off to bed. It's been nice chatting. Take care!! :)))

How is your spring? Things beginning to green up and flower? Or do they stay fairly green all winter? Mornings at least have a coolness to this them now. Autumn is my favorite season. I guess because it's to short and so welcome after a hot summer.

Then you'll love the photos at the link, Davon! They are extraordinarily beautiful!!

I enjoy knowing what it is I'm actually looking at when I work your puzzles.