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What happens when you take off the top of one of those plasma balls? What is the sciene behind them? Can you take off the plasitc dome and put it in a different case?

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How to make a plasma ball

Making a plasma ball is something i have always wanted to know :]

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Where can I get a plasma ball driver circuit? Answered

I have a old glass sphere from a plasma globe and I was wanting to use  again but i need the circuit I need it if I want to use it again

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wire flyback transformer plasma ball?

Wire diagram for a flyback powered plasma ball light bulb

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Can I make from an taken-out plasma-ball an plasma-speaker?

I have take out the glass-globe with the gas from my plasma-ball. Can I make it to an plasma-speaker? p.s. i'm from germany, so i apologize for mistakes ;-)

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Would it be dangerous to submerge a plasma ball in mineral oil?

I'm thinking about creating an art project, but would need to submerge the glass part of a plasma ball in mineral oil (which I've heard is not conductive). Would this be dangerous?

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Why was there plastic on my plasma ball? Answered

So I have had my plasma ball for about a year now and it wasn't very clear anymore.  At the top I noticed that there was some kind of coating on it after washing about 5 times with windex.  The ball worked fine were there wans't coating anymore so I rubbed it all off, it was plastic and now my hands are all sparkly.  Was that ok or am I risking major health problems.  Also, what is it for. So also, if your plasma ball is murky this is why.

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Plasma ball with Giant vodka Bottle?

Hi I am thinking of using a Giant 3 litre Smirnoff vodka bottle  as shown in the link below: To make a Plasma globe but inside the bottle. I need some sort of high voltage supply and an electrode but aren't sure what else . The main Problem I can see is creating a vacuum inside the bottle . as I don't have a vacuum pump. Does anyone have any tips on how to create a vacuum inside the bottle? Also would an inert gas work instead. Any help appreciated  Thanks Ben

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How difficult is it to Increase the intensity of a plasma ball?

I just bought a cheap USB (5v) plasma ball. Quite frankly, the intensity of the streams is pathetic. You can barely see it when the lights are on. I wanted to use it for a decorative project, but need to increase the intensity of the streams. Would increasing the voltage (say from 5v to 12v) work? Or is it more complicated than that? I can do basic electronics, but mostly just simple stuff following circuit diagrams etc.

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How do I convert a USB Plasma Sphere to battery power?

I'm trying to make a "tesla cane" (just a cane topped off with a working plasma sphere) for my cousin's steampunk-themed wedding. I already have a USB Plasma ball (Model is here:, and I'd like to make it run off battery power. I'm good at soldering and dealing with small wires, but I've never measured voltage or anything like that. Advice? Has anyone attempted a project like this before? It seems like there are tons of "convert batteries to USB" tutorials but not many of the reverse. :)Thanks in advance!

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Flyback transformers and how to convert them to AC

I'm in the need of quite a few electronics for my new lightning tube project, on of them is a suitable HV transformer for high frequencies. Salvaging from plasma balls or similar is pointless as those transformers only get to around 3kV at best. With BW TV set getting really rare these days I decided to look into the modern version of the flyback transformer - the DST, Diode Split Transformer. If you ever did some Tesla stuff you will know that everyone says a modern flyback is no good as it only provides DC output. With basically no info on the net how these things look internally it was down to destorying a few until I got to know what to look out for andhow to remove the HV diodes between the secondary coil packs. I know not too many people will need a HV AC tranformer that can operate with several kHz so I though I ask first if it is worth to create an Instrucatable on this topic alone, otherwise I will just include a very short version of it with my Instrucable on the lighnig tube project. Have to say that is a quite messy and stinky procedure involving a lot of heat and the risk of burns to your fingers.

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What is the best way to power a usb device with 2 batteries?

My project is to make a walking stick with a tesla ball at the top.  I wish to power a plasma ball ( like this one ) with just two batteries. The whole minty usb charger seems like overkill and meant for smartphones. This is a simple device that runs on 5v and 350ma. But I could not find any instructables anywhere for this.  I do not mind using 3 or 4 batteries if need be. Any link or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advanced. 

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[newsletter] Light Sabers, Plasma Globe Tricks, Wall-E Robot...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. June 12, 2008 Welcome back! RoboGames starts tomorrow. If you can't make it this year, then you better enter our Robot Contest in the next couple weeks. The grand prize is a trip to RoboGames 2009! Winners have been announced for the Park Tool Bike Month. See who won! Check out these cool Instructables! Cheap Custom Lightsaber Build your own Battle-Ready Lightsaber! Use a good light source, and build it for cheap! posted by Ricardoaraujo on Jun 3, 2008 Turn a Cruise Full of Old People into a Death Defying Adventure In the immortal words of former Gov. Jesse Ventura, sometimes you gotta defy death in order to enjoy life. posted by iwasthinkingaboutsoup on Jun 9, 2008 Animate with light Learn how to make your own snazzy light-animations on the cheap for a music video or any other project! posted by buenoben on Jun 10, 2008 Wall-E Robot The movie comes out in a couple weeks, but you can start building your own Wall-E right now! posted by 4mem8 on Jun 6, 2008 Electroforming an Iris Seed Pod Commonly referred to as "dipping" in metal, this technique can make organic items permanent for jewelry. posted by MaggieJs on Jun 9, 2008 How to rejuvenate a box fan Many box fans are tossed just because they're too dirty. Here's how to clean one up for a few more years of use. posted by jgodsey on Jun 8, 2008 Ping Pong Ball Lights Sometimes you really need the diffuse glow of dozens of ping pong balls with Christmas lights in them. posted by advancedMischief on Jun 8, 2008 The ultimate, heavy duty, stackable, bullet proof, extreme saw horses! OK, maybe not quite bullet proof, but everything else is accurate. posted by Mikey D on Jun 1, 2008 Make your own tote bag from recycled plastic bags With a little time and creativity you can make some pretty cool stuff from all those plastic bags like this big tote bag. posted by user669 on Apr 8, 2008 Light Bar Ambient Lighting Add a bit of a colorful glow anywhere you want with a little bit of work and some inexpensive parts. posted by QuackMasterDan on Jun 9, 2008 Cable car Know someone who has trouble with stairs? A powered lift can help them move around more easily. posted by Mockfish on Jun 8, 2008 Win amazing LED POV kits! What have you done for robots lately? Winners to be announced next week. Make a High Voltage Supply in 5 Minutes Learn how to get up to 1,000 volts in just a few minutes. Be careful with this one! posted by Biotele on Jun 8, 2008 Creating, cutting and printing your own woodblock Learn the basic process for buying tools, cutting a woodblock, inking and then printing with it. posted by rbanks on Jun 6, 2008 Amazing plasma globe tricks! Just touching a plasma globe can get boring, so check out these new tricks. posted by highvoltage2000 on Jun 7, 2008 Plastic Bag Rug! This rug is pretty easy to make, looks really cool, and costs almost nothing! posted by denona on Jun 11, 2008 Leather Bracelets from Recycled Belts Make up to three custom leather bracelets from an old leather belt! posted by fungus amungus on Jun 6, 2008 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

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can anyone provide information in regards to a specific circuit?

I am looking for information regarding the circuitry for a plasma globe. I was hoping to reproduce the circuit, but I need to know everything I can about the wiring. Diagrams are preferred. Instructions, links to instructables, and links to other websites are useful; and power/amp/voltage ratings would be great. If everything goes well, I might just be able to make an instructable out of it!

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Can Flyback Transformer drive by Induction Oven? Answered

Can Flyback Transformer drive by Induction Oven? I thing Induction Oven can create 20kHz-40kHz. And Flyback Transformer need high frequency to work. I thing waveform is not a problem. I used plasma ball driver , CFL ballast driver and Halogen Transformer as my FBT driver . And work well.

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could someone please build an electric copper bonsai tree? thanks!

Hi peeps! I was thinking the other day that I would LOVE to see one of those handmade copper bonsai trees (like these ones ) inside a plasma ball, with electricity arching across branches and so on. Either that or two of them side by side forming an electric Jacob's Ladder?? But I don't know how to make one. Does anyone want to make one - if possible - and show me? I have a neon light ballast and some time on my hands, I'd love to try this! Cha cha!

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A good deep vacuum pump? Answered

I'm looking for a vacuum pump for use with projects like the fusor included in make magazine, a laser tube, or a plasma ball.  It doesn't need to move huge amounts of air, but nothing below 1.5 lpm.  It also needs to have an ultimate vacuum of at most 25 microns.  I have been unable to locate any pumps which meet these standards, all of them have ultimate vacuums of around 100 to 75 microns or are completely unlisted.  Do any of you have some experience with these and some advice.  I don't need something for pumping out heating/cooling units daily, just a very deep vacuum a couple times a month.

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Knex Recommendations list [Update 2]

Hey guys, ive been here for a while now, and ive built most of my favorite guns already, and im out of ideas. So id like for everyone of you guys to give me ideas of what to make, i need a time passer, ive been laying off the videogames for knex, but i dont know what to build anymore, so just tell me whatever you like, weapons, vehicles, or something. No ball machines or rides though, because i dont have those kinds of pieces/ i lost the balls to the sets. So anyways, id like to thank all of my followers and fans for everything, and im going to keep knexing! I honestly dont plan on leaving ever, so just keep giving me ideas, and ill be good :) List 1: SuperKriss Vector - Idea by Bwbt1   (Complete) -Link- Famas - Idea by Dr. Richtofen     (Complete) -Link-  -Build- Semi auto slingshot with mag / pump action slingshot with ratchet - Idea by Knex.X     (Pending) Transformer - Idea by AUG-5OM3 (Maybe, depends on whether i can or cant)     (Pending) Belt feed or 2 round burst - Idea by Johnhall44     (Pending) Breech loader / pistol / slingshot shotgun with 3 round burst - Idea by Knexbuild     (Pending) ~Thanks for the ideas, anymore will go into list 2~ P.S - The things on the list will be built in order by when people posted the comment with the idea. List 2: P90 - Idea by didexo   (Pending) M24 Bolt Action - Idea by johnhall44   (Pending) Halo SMG - Idea by knexlt   (Pending) Halo plasma rifle - Idea by knexlt   (Pending) Halo frag grenade - Idea by knexlt   (Pending) Halo Beam rifle - idea by knexlt   (Pending) Mg4 - Idea by knexlt   (Pending) M4A1 w/ Red Dot - Idea by knexlt   (Pending) ~Anymore will go into list 3. Pictures with your recommendations would help, thank you -SW~ List 3: Pistol/Rifle with motor - Idea by MrMuffin   (Pending) Kill zone 2 gun (Specified) - Idea by JohnHall44   (Pending) Full auto assault rifle / semi auto shotgun / semi auto w/ drum mag - Idea by BeanieOstrich   (Pending) AS-50 - Idea by InsaneKnexGuy   (Pending) ~Thank you very much guys, i love all these ideas! But I cant be doing them too often, ill get around to them when i have time,  (which is pretty often, since this is my off week form practice) and I have other things to do, but i will post asap when theyre done! Again, Thanks a lot, - SW ~ Oh, and P.S. list 4 wont be up for a while, please wait while i finished with at least List 1, because there are piling up, thank you!~

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