I just returned from my steam-powered-laboratory (Dampfkraftlabor, in german) to present you my latest invention:
The Steampunked plasma-beam generator:
To get an first impression please watch this short movie
Notice: Don´t wreck your health and please obay the following advices:
***Disclaimers***This instructable works with voltages in excess of 250V. This is more than enough to give you a potentially fatal electric shock if handled incorrectly. If you are unfamiliar with how to work with high voltage, please refrain from performing this instructable. Exercise caution throughout the following steps to avoid electrical dangers and also use insulated tools like pliers and screwdrivers and so on.
If you choose to undertake this instructable, you do so at your own risk.
And here ist the instructable
Step 1: Construction of the chassis
So I chose an old antique handlamp chassis and modified it as you can see in the following pictures
Step 2: The electronic inside
an green LED
an mini flickering bulb with E10 socket
an E10 socket holder
an AA battery holder (and the AA-battery of course)
an banana-plug ant its counterpart
a small piece of copper wire ø1,5 mm
the well known former flash electronic of an disposal camera
The steampunked modified chassis
Step 3: Step by step explanation for the electronic works
Step 5: Start the generator
Maybe a small light spot occurs at the top of the metal flame-cathodes.
If not, just come near to the glass bulb with your hand.
When you move slowly you can see that the spot comes in even if you don´t touch the glass.
Then touch the top of the glass and the plasma-beam rises up.