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video Create A Beautiful Vortex

This video shows how to create a beautiful vortex using the Tesla CD Turbine.

Watch as it's rope-like strands of water interweave. It's more than just a whirlpool; the magical structure of the spinning vortex represents the very mystery of life itself.

Details on building this Tesla CD Turbine are found in my Instructable called," Turkey Time Tesla CD Turbine".

A strong electric magnetic stirrer could also be used instead of the Tesla CD Turbine to create this vortex. The instructable from g0pher called " Magnetic Stirrer" would likely work, perhaps with mods to make it more heavy-duty. One could use my magnetic coupler with his electrically-powered magnetic stirrer for good vortex action.

Otherwise, build a Tesla CD Turbine and make your own waves!

mexiquinn3 years ago
do you think you could use this on an entire pool
mrfixitrick (author)  mexiquinn3 years ago
You could use this idea for an entire pool...but it would require about 40 horsepower to be much fun!

hi, mrfixitrick,

I'm an artist from Amsterdam,..the Netherlands and like to make a real [big] vortex in a Pond,...Can you advice me how to do that? .,see: http://www.leonardvanmunster.com/blog/?p=5111 [waterfall in gallery]

Tkdwn3 years ago
Hey, I did something with a similar effect,I intended for it to be a lamp, but did not finish it. enjoy!
mrfixitrick (author)  Tkdwn3 years ago
Vortexes are beautiful, no doubt about it!
Put in some spaced CD's, and you have a Tesla Pump.
hockeygirl94 years ago
awseome can you touch the water ?
mrfixitrick (author)  hockeygirl94 years ago
Oh sure, the vortex can be touched. You can add things like glitter or objects. What's cool is to see what happens to a ping-pong ball as it gets sucked part way down and stays there, suspended and submerged!
mkavak5 years ago
Congratulations ! Look at the www.williampye.com ....
mrfixitrick (author)  mkavak5 years ago
Hey, thanks! Nice link...Pye's sculptures are beautiful.
maurice19935 years ago
very great cool decoration projects man! this deserve five stars!
Wonderful Work! Congratulations!
knex-4-life6 years ago
It says vid no longer available. :(
Happened to me, too. Refresh it and try again.
mrfixitrick (author)  knex-4-life6 years ago
I've had occasional problems with viewing the instructables videos on my Mac using Safari. The Firefox browser plays the videos ok, though.
Works for me :-)
mrfixitrick (author)  knex-4-life6 years ago
It works ok for me...could you try again?
Mr. Twist6 years ago
it took me a couple seconds to figure out how you were doing that but then I remembered all your other stuff and figured it out
mrfixitrick (author)  Mr. Twist6 years ago
Hey, I'm glad you learned something from the other videos, that you could apply to the new situation. Lots of people get bamboozled by the magnetic coupler thing... it takes some watching to understand how it works. Thanks for paying attention!
Ya my friend and I went through a stage when we loved to play with magnets so that kind of helped.
mrfixitrick (author)  Mr. Twist6 years ago
I'm still going through that stage, hehe...

For more fun with magnets, check out other instructables, and also my homopolar motor videos on YouTube, such as, "Homopolar Motor With Emergency Brake System"
and "Homopolar Dragonfly".

Magnets should be a part of every kids life. (big kids too! ;)
ya, ok thanks
Tbvck6 years ago
Very Nice,how about adding a little food coloring & a strobe light?
mrfixitrick (author)  Tbvck6 years ago
Or a few blueberries and a LED throwie into the vortex!
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I tried some small pieces of foam...and you are right. It took a while, but they go down the center of the vortex, and hang out at the bottom!
John Smith6 years ago
Really cool, it reminded me of the giant (6-7ft+) ones at the Blue Man Group concert we went to in Orlando. Definitely worth seeing!
AMAZING!!!!
HAHAHAH i just love your projects!!! Very nice job!!!