Magnetic Levitation Kinetic Sculpture -Total Solar Eclipse - Bismuth Maglev
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In this design I've achieved the greatest gap yet between the floating magnet and the bismuth around it. ** The solar eclipse effect is made possible with a light behind the sculpture (light is not included).
Full of possibility, this crystal pillar is reminiscent of the solar eclipse when the white hot radiance of the sun completely encompasses the cool majesty of a weightless moon. In anticipation of the total solar eclipse coming to my native land mass on August 21, 2017, I created this little marvel where a magnet can permanently escape the oppression of our massive planet's force without leaving the atmosphere. The phenomenon responsible is called diamagnetism, and bismuth is the most diamagnetic metal on earth. The first two photos show both sides of the sculpture with slightly different openings.
This permanent levitation requires no electricity - ever.
Handcrafted Magnetic Levitation Sculpture
•Gift for the uber gadget geek!
•Includes one made to order sculpture with magnets and base
•Total measurements including the base are 4x4x9 inches. The metal itself measures approximately 5” tall and 1” square.
•Made from bismuth metal
•Three- 6.35 mm - 1/4 inch sphere magnets
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
1. Place the sculpture on a level surface
2. Slip the sphere magnet into the opening
3. Twist the top magnet until the little moon floats freely
4. Watch it levitate for hours…days…years or until the next solar eclipse.
See this gravity-defying creation in action!
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SCULPTURE
The small wonder in the sculpture is touching nothing but air in this unique kinetic piece featuring diamagnetic flotation of a 5 mm sphere magnet. This new, yet simple, technology requires no power of any kind — just a balancing of bismuth crystals and magnetism.
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 sphere 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!
**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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THE BEAUTY OF BISMUTH
As a scientist and craftsman, 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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