But one of the things I'm very interested in is the conductive filament used in FDM printing(fused deposition modeling) where a spool of plastic filament (wire/string) is produced from a heated nozzle that is moved about to build up layers and thickness of your 3d model, or like in ceramics with process called "coiling" but a much finer level between 0.2-1.0mm diameter layers.
By using something like conductive filament and 3D printing we can truly customize our lamp connections, with the least amount of tools, both in functional and very important to visual arts, aesthetically.
I have much to learn and research, Expect to see this post updated for the future?
-Percy | Taming Lightning
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.
In this podcast I will address three topics from Chapter 1, the first being the inspiration behind my drive to learn about plasma, the story and concept behind The Tell-Tale truth, and to expand on the elements of plasma to better transition into chapter 2: Taking Shape, which will involve the functional and aesthetic consideration for making a vessel in glass.
Now back the Element of Plasma where I define what each of these categories are.
So I’m going to stop here, since we are kind of leading up to chapter 2: Taking Shape, where we’ll review the Elements of Plasma, elaborate on why vessel crafting comes first, and contextualized the aesthetic and function considerations in the Anatomy of Plasma Sculpture.
Thank you for listening to the taming lightning podcast!
I’d like to thank GEEX for inviting me to collaborate for this series. Writing the Chapter Notes was challenging, yet fun, though academically I never found myself enjoying writing, yet I hope to have more feedback I can respond to for the upcoming chapters.
Let me know if my experience helped provide some footing since there is yet to exist a comprehensive resource for guidance. While frustrating, through simple curiosity and spark of passion finding various sources to tackle these subjects can be quite fun.
I will admit in the regards to my announcement last podcast I failed to meet the declared release date for the episode by exactly a week, but in the very least I’m homing in. Writing took much more time than I ever anticipated.
Feel free to share, comment, and subscribe.
And as always be safe, be healthy, and be Strong.
See you next time,
-Percy Echols II, Taming Lightning
Here's an example of using a more modern device, oudin coil. Same thing used in more expensive devices specific to leak checking that could cost you from $99-$200.
My friend Harold Lasswell was able to make a leak checker for under $40.
Updated 11/1/20: added drive link for website issues
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This video and topic was made with the support of the Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Emdowments through the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Grant and Residency hosted by the Pittsburgh Glass Center. A portion of this grant was used to purchase the 3D printer and materials used to print the object shown that will help with developing and finsih my sculptures and programming at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
Thank You for watching, and I'll see you next time!
-Percy | Taming Lightning
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.