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.
This lead to a little break from the podcast to reach out and schedule some new recordings.
One of the prime advantages I'm taking during this time, is to sit down and put in some learning and research. While I'm familiar with the Gases used in plasma and neon, I decided to dig a little deeper and find out the history of the Noble Gases, and why they were named, as well as some of the other gases such as Nitrogen, Oxygen, and Iodine vapor.
I'll be posting a quiz in the next few days from my research. To give you an opportunity to refresh your knowledge on these gases, I put together a playlist for you to enjoy from the Podcast Chemistry in its Element produced by Chemistry World. Very brief and informative episodes. I encourage you the take a listen to podcasts on other elements as well.
There's are really good article I want to read for you, until the enjoy!
Be safe, Be healthy, Be strong,
-Percy Echols II | Taming Lightning
Hello Lightning Tamers!
GASnews just released their Spring 2019 magazine featuring the article Light in hand: The Art of Plasma and Neon written by Jamie Marie Rose featuring Sarah Blood, Amy Lemaire, and myself! The article focuses on three artists who work in the medium of plasma, neon or both, and arguing the value of one's involvement and understanding of the medium to be important for growth in the medium.
*You can find the Article on page 8
“WITH MOST OF THE WORK I MAKE, I TRY TO FIND THE BALANCE BETWEEN SUBTLETY AND LOUDNESS. SO, I TRY TO MAKE THE PIECES SOFT AND QUIET, BUT I HOPE PEOPLE CAN SIT WITH THEM AND REALLY THINK ABOUT THEM. THEY’RE LOUD IN THE WAY THAT YOU CARRY THEM WITH YOU AND REVISIT LATER.”- STEPHANIE EXPLAINS.
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.