With a simple plastic cutting board you can build an electrostatic generating device, powerful enough to produce little shocks and even small sparks. This is a really simple project that can be made in very little time: the power of electricity is just a few steps away!
Also see how to build a Van de Graaff Generator - plans at: http://www.innovationview.com/vdg.html

Step 1: Materials

You will need:
- A plastic cutting board
- Aluminum foil
- Electrical tape
- Stick glue
- A soft cloth
hey i'd like to make a device i can attach to say my foot ,that if i touch someone they would get a shock basically like when you walk with socks over a carpet but the effect is automated. A guy made an ible http://www.instructables.com/id/The-mini-electrostatic-generator/ where he makes what im describing but its not very detailed. any ideas?
This does not work like my creator I am known to make stuff I have made this test unsucessful
would this work with a leyden jar?
is this what's normally called an "electrophorus" see the wiki article -
apparently not.... it's just static electricity powering a small light bulb...
do this electrostatic machine can be used as a source of electrostatic electricity for my electrostatic motor?
You can try... but the charge generated from this device is normally too small to produce strong electrostatic effects.
does it just need more capacity? you could probably increase the stored charge by putting several layers of aluminum foil on.
thanks fun to play with
does this actually work
yes. even before having tried it, i knew it must work, because: - the aluminium can store electric charge - rubbing the cloth on the aluminium will cause it to charge - touching the aluminium while rubbing it with the cloth will decharge it, so it will be uncharged _as long as you are touching/rubbing it with the cloth_. -> this means as soon as you take away the cloth, the aluminium will be charged.
i just remembered that i once had to charge an electroscope for school, and because all van-de-graaff generators were in use, i took my Polyethylene lunch box and rubbed it with my sweatshirt's arms. that produced enough charge for the electroscope to react more than with some of my classmate's generators...

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