With his engineer background was all he had before becoming enamored by nixie tubes. not unlike myself, he pursued as much info as he could be it text or what little existed on the internet before needing the help of those willing to share their knowledge. He search, gathered, and learned about the equipment needed, taught himself how to work glass and used lathe, and to process, clean, and use vacuum system. He's very open with sharing his process, his success, his failures, Questions, and solutions. After the podcast, please checkout his youtube channel for his latest projects and designs.
Thank you for listening to the Taming Lightning Podcast. I’d like to thank Dalibor Farny for taking the time to record for the podcast, as well for sharing with me knowledge on reading and equipment recommendations. Like most episodes this is an introduction, and hope to have him on again to talk about some of his recent projects. I'd like to thank Pittsburgh Glass Center for supporting me as a place of research and inspiration, also Plasma Art Alliance where I have access to the well of knowledge and connects me to some amazing and supportive people.
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-Percy Echols II | Taming Lightning
Hello Lightning Tamers!
Good news was voted in as a new Committee Board Member of the Plasma Art Alliance, and today I'd like to share with you neon and plasma enthusiast a call for artist that I hope you all will share or participate in.
We hope that you are staying as well as possible in these unusual times and invite you to participate in the Plasma Art Alliance’s first virtual exhibition presented online, “A Flowering of Hope.”
The show’s theme arises from the urgency of the times we find ourselves in—it is more critical than ever to come together in support of a message of hopefulness for positive change in the world. As an international organization of plasma light artists, we propose to use our creative medium of light art to embody this theme.
Please submit the following to this Dropbox link:
1) Create a plasma wildflower or light sculpture, you may also use previous work you've made for your submission. This does not have to be newly created work.
2) Include your name and the country where you reside.
3) Submit a photo of your artwork .jpg (formatted to 1200 pixels on the longest side.) OR a
video (1 minute max.)
4) Include a message of hope in a global sense or a personal one either written or in the
form of a video or audio clip (1 minute max.)
5) A link to more of your artwork/website (optional).
The assortment of light art wildflowers that we collect will be displayed on our PAA webpage,
Deadline for submission of work: July 25th .
This is not a juried exhibition; all submissions following these guidelines will be accepted and all
skill levels are encouraged to participate.
Please join us, to share and examine our place in this historic moment.
"This globe (1000ml) was a complete surprise. After having great success with filling several green globes I decided that I wanted a large pure xenon globe. I run voltage on the plasma tubes when I am filling them but it only gives me an idea how things will look after I seal the globe and mount it. The fact that the globe is connected to a grounded metal vacuum system tends to distort the plasma effects.
After sealed and mounted this globe I was surprised to see a faint green spider that grew "legs" as the voltage went higher. It looks just like the spikes on ferrofluid with a magnetic field applied and I'd bet the physics is analogous.
This globe has 50 torr of xenon."
And what a big success this was. I paced myself and did some practice seals to get a handle on how to work at the torch. I was most concerned about modifying the main body of the manifold which allows to me connect to the pump, gauges, and gases. Oh, would I be completely destroyed if that had gone badly.
Essentially I'm looking to achieve is to take our current setup apply the following changes:
Stay tuned for more as I continue working on the Plasma Light Lab!
-Percy Echols II | Taming Lightning
You can check out that post below!
Image: Return to Hieroglyphics by James Akers
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.