You have seen those amazing photos with the lightning bolts shooting out of everyday objects. Now it is your turn to learn how to make these pictures
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Step 1: Danger!!!!
Warning this project involves extremely high voltages. I am not liable for any damages you cause to other people or yourself. SO have fun and be careful
Step 2: What You Need
For this project you will need:
Sheet Metal, Mine was 12x18 but you can go larger or smaller if you want ($5)
Page protectors ($3 for 100)
Speaker wire($5 for 100 feet)
Rigid Copper Wire(Depends on where you buy it, 1foot should only be a couple cents, you need 3)
Neon Sign Transformer($25 on eBay)
What you need to take the photo:
Digital camera that can take a long exposure (10 seconds minimum)
Small metal objects, or you can dip plastic items in salt water.
Total costs: about $35 but if you use a flyback transformer or other high voltage source it will be cheaper...
Step 3: Making the Discharge Plate
The discharge plate is the piece of metal that is under the insulator, it causes the metal object to try to discharge, but since the plastic is in the way it makes the electricity spark out trying to reach the bare metal.
In this step you will need:
Speaker Wire (2"
With the ducttape, kneel on the floor with the metal plate vertical between your knees and fold the ducctape over the hotdog way' so that half of the ducttape is on the front and half of it is on the back. I went over each edge twice for added thickness but you don't have to. Repeat this steps on all of the sides except for 1. The side you don't tape should be one of the shorter sides.
Now set the plate down on a table with the tape-free side facing you. On the lower right corner slice off the last inch of tape (shown in picture three) remove the tape on that last inch on the top and the bottom.
To connect the speaker wire, strip both wires, about an inch long and tape one of them to the top of the plate and the other to the bottom (see Picture four and five) after you have connected the wires, finish putting the ducttape on the last edge.
The other end of the speaker wire you will need to strip and wind the two separate half of the wire together, this end will go to the NEGATIVE terminal of your transformer.
If you dont know which end is the negative, find a grounded object and touch each end of the transformer to the grounded object, one of them will spark, the other one will do nothing, connect the plate's wire to the one that does nothing.
Step 4: Making the Sparks.
Since your plate is negative, there are no sparks, to get the sparks connect the other wire, the tough harder to bend wire to the POSITIVE side of the transformer. While taking the picture you will touch this wire to the object on the discharge plate, therefore making a spark.
Step 5: Taking the Picture
Step 6: The Use of My Kareoke Machine
My table is tall and with my tripod i couldn't see the if the picture was centered or zoomed properly, so I took the cable that came with the camera that you use to hook it to a TV and connected it to that which had a little black and white screen on it. If you can't see your camera and it can hook to a TV this is the way to go if you are A) near a TV or B) if you have a little TV that you can set near your project
Step 7: Optional Discharge Plate
Step 8: Page Protectors
I don't have any pictures, but after so many objects or if the object has a sharp point that is sticking in to the page protector it will short out. The first time it will be pretty scary because of the flash of light, but not to worry it causes no harm, all you have to do is put a new page protector on and you're ready to go. If an object shorts out every time check it for sharp barbs or if it is sticking into the plastic, if it is fix it or find a new object.
Step 9: Finished Picture!
WIth the finished pictures you can leave as is or take a before and after picture and photoshop the lightning free picture in the light on to the next picture with the lightning. you can see that is what I did with the old Zune that didn't work I zapped the broken one and put a picture i found online on top of it in photo shop.
Have fun, but be safe!