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Here you will learn to make a leyden jar. the images shown were created using computer design software
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Step 1: Materials

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lidyou will need:
tape (scotch perferred)
a stainless steel or alluminum nail
plastic or glass jar
a lid
some wire
alluminum foil

Step 2: Foil it up

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tear out a piece of foil so that it can stretch all the way around the jar. cut off any foil that comes off of the the edges of the jar, and smooth it flat. The less wrinkles, the better. If there are any tears, remove the foild and put on a new sheet. If you cannot, or are too lazy to, cut out a small square of foil that is big enough to cover the hole and cover it completely with tape. Place the taped foil over the hole. make sure that there are no sharp points on the foil, aand never add more than one layer to the foil.

Step 3: Prep the lid

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use a drill to bore a hole through the lid of the jar. then place the nail in the hole so that it goes down deep enough so it will touch the water with the jar is filled. the head of the nail should not touch the lid. the nail should fit snuggly in the hole, but if not, use hot glue to keep it in place.

Why must it be an aluminium or stainless steel nail?

bryantthio5 years ago
 but what if we stick the more layers of foil together with glue?
why cant you add more than one layer will it kill ya or somethin
knoxarama (author)  Michael Pawlicki5 years ago
no, it will create an air space between the layers and make it lose charge. it also would become more  fragile.
oh ok thanks
Kiteman5 years ago
A nice exercise in 3d rendering, but why didn't you make it for real?
knoxarama (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
oh, i did. but i'm trying to get a multimeter for testing an i'm still tweeking it. i'm going to add an addition on later with the edited version in hopes of making a bio-electric detector. i'll throw on some pictures then
Be prepared for the voltage - static charges are often in the thousands of volts, which may cause problems for a standard multimeter.
knoxarama (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
the multimeter is for testing the pulse in your body, so it'll probably only a give a decimal of a volt.
You may be interested in googling "render using inventor/alibre/solidworks/etc"