I am interested in building a small vandergraph generator. I am thinking this will certainly be no taller then 2ft and likely closer to 1ft. I understand the general principal of how it works and this should be a good first voltage project that I should have everything I need for. What has been holding me back for quite some time is that I could not come up with a decent belt for the inside. But I read on the forums I think that leather is a good belt to use (or human skin). This seems very odd to me and maybe I am missing something but is this really a good thing to use as a belt? It would be nice because I could cut it as wide and long as I need and then sew it into a belt with some thread. I happen to have some leather laying around from some crafting I have been working on.
Then as long as I am making this thread I was wondering what the best "tube" would be that the belt runs in. I had considered making a plexi glass tube with hot glue to hold it together. I think it could be cool to have a see through setup. But I want this to work as well as I can get it. So if a different material would work better I am open to suggestions.
Also I will try my best to find my camera and post step by step photos once I know what the heck I am doing.