Levitation by Diamagnetism "The King's Chamber" Pyramid- Bismuth Kinetic Sculpture
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This little pyramid has a special spot at its heart where a magnet can be suspended in mid air.
Introducing "The King's Chamber", a permanent levitation model that requires no electricity or maintenance. In this little device I have capitalized on the little known permanent force of diamagnetism.
Use the words kinetic, gravity-defying, magnets, physics - the general vernacular of my beloved geekdom, and this is what you get. “How is it doing that?” "Is it plugged in?” That’s what you’ll hear when you invite guests to your home or office and they see this device on your shelf, mantel or desk. Be ready for the fascinating kind of conversation.
Handcrafted Magnetic Flotation Sculpture
•Gift for the uber gadget geek!
•Includes one made to order sculpture including stand and all magnets
•Measures approximately 8” tall and 4” in square
•Made from bismuth metal
•Two 5mm sphere magnets, One 6mm sphere magnet and One 5x15mm cylinder magnet
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
1. Place the sculpture on a level surface.
2. Slip the little magnet into the pyramid. If it needs adjustment simply rotate the large top cube magnet one way to raise the floating magnet or the other way to lower it.
3. Watch it float and spin for hours…days…years, it’s up to you.
See a similar gravity-defying creation in action!
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SCULPTURE
The little magnet in the sculpture is touching nothing but air in this unique kinetic piece featuring diamagnetic flotation of a small round magnet. This new, yet simple, technology requires no power of any kind — just a balancing of bismuth crystals,(diamagnetism) and magnetism and gravity.
Bismuth happens to be the metal with the greatest amount of diamagnetism. That means it repels north and south poles of magnets equally. It's a very weak push, and we didn't know about it for a long time. The top magnet attracts the small magnet with enough force to lighten it. Just a little bit. The diamagnetic force of the bottom bismuth crystal can then push the little cube off its surface without pushing it too high into the upper magnet's attractive field. That way it achieves balance in a repulsive pocket of stability between a pair of larger attractive fields, magnetism and gravity. See? Science!
WE LOVE CUSTOM ORDERS
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THE BEAUTY OF BISMUTH
As a general creator and lover of understanding, I’m fascinated with the astounding properties of bismuth and love to share that with you. Please check out my shop story to see more beautiful photos of these crystals and read how it all comes together.
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Please note that due to everyone’s monitor displaying differently, the colors you see may vary. Also, each piece we make is handmade to order, so items may differ slightly from the one you see pictured.
**Neodymium magnets are not for children. Small magnets can pose a choking hazard. If multiple magnets are swallowed, they can attach to one another through intestine walls. This can cause a severe health risk, requiring immediate, emergency surgery if correctly diagnosed.
**Neodymium magnets can affect pacemakers.
The strong magnetic fields near a neodymium magnet can affect pacemakers, ICDs and other implanted medical devices. Many of these devices are made with a feature that deactivates it with a magnetic field. Therefore, care must be taken to avoid inadvertently deactivating such devices.
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