Hello Lightning Tamers!
When I produced Episode 10: Light up your World with Plasma, it was my initial attempt convey what I've learned about Plasma. Admittedly it was way too early for me to try to teach what little I understood. And so I continue to update and improve on how to share this information.
The ongoing collaboration with GEEX, The Glass Education Exchange, has helped with discussing the pile of information, thoughts, and theories I've compiled, and acknowledging the importance of peer discussion as an underutilized part of the process.
In this update, I've rewrote this post for the Beginner to provide a Guide for Basic Electrode Attachment.
If your are using any of the following soda-lime glass: system 96, Spruce Pine, Cristalica, or Glasma, the typical neon electrode ( both soda-lime and lead glass) have been shown to be compatible, and of course if you are using Borosilicate Glass you'll have to purchase and use borosilicate Neon electrodes.
To borrow a term shared in both Neon and Scientific glass, to attach your electrode you will need to become well practiced and familiar with making a Weld. Which is the process of joining two connections, will a smooth and ideally, seamless, transition of even thickness.
*In Flameworking you will NOT need to make a long thin tube or neck in your vessel due to having ample control and thermal resistant properties of your glass.
Welcome to Taming Lightning, I'm Percy Echols II. I'm the creator and host of Taming Lightning, as well as the emerging plasma tech at Pittsburgh Glass Center, where I'm researching and developing a space to explore Plasma and Neon Light as an Artist Medium.