The Victorian Gazing Ball: A Steampunk Persective

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Is there anything quite as magical as a mirror? A mirror contains a whole universe trapped in a film of silver paint, reflecting, reversing, and distorting reality. Everything you see in a mirror is a trick of the light. Thanks to scientific advances in the Victorian era of Industrialization, there were new methods for mass-producing large, flat panes of glass and new methods for chemical-coating those same panes, so that glass mirrors became easily available and much more affordable. And so there was a fashion for using mirrors as decoration and not just for their invaluable assistance with keeping tidy and checking for food in your teeth. Gazing Balls, also known as Gazing Globes or Orbs, were considered a fashionable  and amusing addition to both the Victorian home and garden.

What made these gazing balls popular was the way they distorted their surroundings, as well as the beautiful way they dispersed light into…

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