I'll use my self as an example, it took me 3 years to figure out how to finish the Plasma Moose in collaboration with Chris Ahalt. Granted I was barely 6mo into with filling or making plasma sculpture at PGC, but it would have been simpler to finish if I had talked about how we would like to display the work.(which was different from how Robert Mickelsen and I approached the capacitive coupled design with his illuminated lady(see slides below). Long story short, I had combine different approaches from other artists along with 3D printing to find my answer.
Anyways, if you find the this helpful or if you have some things you'd like me to follow up on from the Intro to Plasma Serie, pleas leave a comment below!
-Percy Echols II | Taming Lightning
*Both glass vessel and envelope are used interchangeably within the context of plasma sculpture.
This is essentially a vacuum sealable form made of glass.
In the process of making a plasma lamp, this is where the “cooking” starts, you can add a little bits of a gas as one would “season to taste” when cooking.
This Includes a combination of noble gases: helium, neon , argon, krypton, and xenon, and or other gases such as Oxygen and Nitrogen.
The use of Phosphors and Glass color will influence your decisions for Gas Mixtures.
An Electrode is a conductor that carries the electrical charge from the Transformer to illuminate the Gas Mixture.
It’s important to use electrodes that matches your glass composition as they can be purchased for soda lime and borosilicate glass.
The Transformer supplies High Voltage and High Frequency Electricity to the Electrode, and excites the Gas Mixture.
You’ll want to choose the appropriate transformer for the scale of your vessel.
Build & Assembly
Your Build & Assembly are the considerations made when determining where and how you present your finished work.
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.