Sparks

Hi I perform at celtic and ren fairs, I bellydance and I am trying to find some way that I can have something in my hand that would put of a spark when I dance. Sometime I dance at night and it would look cool. Can anyone help me with some ideas. Thanks Witchdragon13

Topic by witchdragon13 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


smps is sparking?

When i switch the computer system the smps is sparking

Question by smanics 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


spark plug

Is there any way i could use a spark plug to ignite fireworks from a remote distance...i have about 80' of insulate wire and some electric on/off toggle switches/boxes.

Topic by pyroboy5 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


No spark in jeep?

I have a 1986 jeep cj 7 4.2 engine I lost spark and have replaced the following coil,ignition control module, distributor cap,wires checked all wires oh I also the coil inside the distributor was replaced Need help hope someone can help

Question by fgall007 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Regulating a Spark

I need to build a unit capable of supplying a timed spark. At approx 1 sec intervals. The unit will need to be small/cheap to build and be able to supply current as to generate a timed spark across two electrodes via 240v power supply. The unit I am attempting to build is a flammable gas warning/ignition device. The purpose of it is to ignite the first immediate gas detected, as to avoid a larger detination later. The unit will be made of machined aluminum. It will consist of a vapour detector hooked to a fan unit, which inturn vents the gas to the ignition device. Thus igniting the gas. At the moment I am working on the ignition system, hence the question. Thanks for any help.

Topic by Lftndbt 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Why does electricity cause sparks?

Hi everyone! Why does electricity cause sparks? I have two scenarios in my mind, and i hope someone can provide me good answers. 1) I have seen on a lot of occasions, for instance the main transformers near my home, the wires sometimes keep sparking near the area where the wires are joined to it. Why does it spark? What is actually happening? And i do know that it might be caused by an overload or a short-circuit or stuff, i am not talking about what caused the sparking, but what is happening when one occurs. Why not just burst into flames, or heat red hot like a metal filament or something? 2) I have also observed sparks when, lets say i suddenly pull out the plug from the socket with the switch still ON, or sometimes even when i turn ON/OFF a switch driving a load. Why does this occur? 

Topic by charmquark 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


capacitors Preventing sparking

Im trying to build a sollenoid motor like this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3tcdiO2HCc&feature;=channeland i need to no how to prevent sparking on the switch so that im not constantly having to replace it. ive heard somewhere that a capacitor will prevent a spark on the switch but will it? and how big of one will i need. thanks

Topic by budsiskos 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Get electromagnetic pulses from a gas igniter

Hi, here I have a common gas igniter like this: http://s10.postimg.org/r55cvgt9l/gasigniter.jpg Well, I removed the circuit from the box, then I shorted the two terminals, using various kind of coils (thick wire, thin wire, in various configurations and with different turns), but seems that this circuit is unable to generate electromagnetic pulses; I've tried to turn on a fluorescent lamp, to cause interferences to a pocket calculator (as I can see in various videos on youtube), but nothing happens. If I remove the coil from the terminals I am able to get nice sparks. So, why this circuit won't work as expected? I miss something? However this is the circuit: http://s4.postimg.org/fgd78werx/ignitercircuit.jpg Please note that I'm aware of the fact that these kind of circuit could be dangerous; I'm taking all possible precautions (I'm using it far from any electrical device, I'm using isolated gloves, and so on). I just want to make this circuit for fun. Many thanks.

Topic by akopelumenuscu 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


how do I make super big sparks? Answered

I want to make super giant sparks to imppressive my friends because they don't think I'm really advacned And i am But I don't have time to think Of how to make somthing to impresvive them. I don't want any critism I just want answers.Sorry if I sound a little rude. Really sorry If i sound rude. I would like it to be like 1-2' long. Thanxs a ton

Question by miiwii3 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


My dremel tool is spraking inside and the regulator thingy doesnt work...? Answered

1. My dremel makes a weird noise when i turn it on, and when i look inside through the venting holes i see sparks coming from the motor/magnet. It wasnt like this before and it runs slower now than before. 2. The roller thingy to regulate the speed (1,2,3,4,5,6 or max) only works on "max", if i turn it down the thing just stops working, but when i turn it up to max again it starts (at max speed of course) this isnt a very important acctually since i use max all the time, but its kinda annoying cuz it some times shuts off. My dremel is a CoTech model and only about 2-3 weeks old btw.

Question by ThaNorwegianDude 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Mini Tesla Coil

I would like to know how this http://4hv.org/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?36853.post can be made? I tried to make it using the pdf that was attached but i failed. I have included pics of my failure http://4hv.org/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?99090 Can somebody please help me?

Topic by deathnoteviewer 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can a Van De Graaff generator spark or shoot sparks? Answered

Question by talbayaty 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Is it possible to make a sparking taser?

So, there are a lot of people posting articles on how to make tasers, most of these only spark if they touch something conductive. I would like to ask, how can you make the current jump between the two wires without touching something conductive? thanks

Topic by bloodyblahblah 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


LED on the spark plug wire?

I would like to attach a string of LED's to run off of the spark plug wires on a motorcycle but I don't know where to start, but it would look awesome flashing under the tank at night, any takers?

Question by billdan 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


First marx generator (Sparks!)

I had just built a marx generator! It is my first marx generator I have ever built, and it make amazingly long, loud sparks, I managed to generate sparks up to 2 inches long (5 centimeters), that is about 50Kv (50,000v) coming out if this generator!If you don't know what is a marx generator, look here on Wikipedia.I hope you like the pictures I have just taken! Sorry, no video yet... :(Has anyone of you built a marx generator before? Should I make an instructable how to build a marx generator?(UPDATE)It is done! I made the instructable!

Topic by Plasmana 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Making Sparks!?! I need to create a short circuit.

Well I need to take a very small DC current and up the voltage some so that I can create a spark. I'm pretty clueless here, so can anyone help? If more details are needed I could provide some, but it's for a project that will very likely become my first instructable. Best answer will get a mention in my instructable if I do get around to making it.

Question by shyguy567 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Mini Tesla Coil Answered

I would like to know how this http://4hv.org/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?36853.post can be made? I tried to make it using the pdf that was attached but i failed. I have included pics of my failure http://4hv.org/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?99090 Can somebody please help me?

Question by deathnoteviewer 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


how do I make super huge sparks? Answered

I want to make sparks that can go up to 1-2' long to impressive my friend. My friends don't think I am good with electricity and I would like to Reall impressive them

Question by miiwii3 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What is the purpose of spark gaps in Tesla coils, spark gap transmitters, etc.?

From what I can tell they keep the high voltage from interfering with mains power, but that doesn't make sense to me?

Question by revelae 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


can you use a spark plug for a potato cannon? Answered

I have a spark plug at home and have no idea how it works, all i know is it makes a spark

Question by Jewson 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Spark Productions Fourm Logo Contest!

Hello all Spark Productions Members! I am holding a contest that which will most likely change the Group Logo for Spark Spark Productions! This will require a picture made from www.ArtPad.com , then put onto www.ImageShack.us , and posted on the Colaboration Instructable. People that dont send in art will be judge's. Good Luck and Have Fun!-DDSN the LeaderEXAMPLE:

Topic by ddsn 12 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to make two wires spark??

Me and my friends made a potato gun and we used a BBQ lighter to make a spark jump between to wires. But i have been trying to make a remote to make it shoot. Every thing works but to get a spark i have to touch the wires together but i need the spark to jump without touching the wires. Anyone know???

Topic by ...damo 12 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Looking to commission "sparking" motorcycle helmet

Greetings. I am the founder of a digital music start-up and am looking to commission several "sparking" helmets to represent our logo "Captain TuneUp" which can be viewed below If interested, please contact me directly at gabrieladiv at tuneupmedia dot com Thanks, Gabe

Topic by gabrieladiv 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Autodesk Spark 3D printer models

Yesterday we announced Spark, a new platform for 3D printing, and that we were going to build a 3D printer.  We've decided to share some more details about the printer here on the Instructables forums. Here are two images of prints made with the prototype printer. Things are very exciting here! We'll have more to share over the coming weeks.

Topic by ewilhelm 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Spark gap ions? Help Please? Answered

Hi! I was wondering what kind of ions are emitted from a spark gap when in use? I have seen alot about negative ions and positive ions, but could someone shed some light on this? Also, how harmful are these ions to the body and what exactly are they made of? THANK YOU ANY sources that help explain this will also be appreciated! Again, THANK YOU

Question by transistorguy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Battery powered spark plug driver

Hi every one i have a Bosch ignition coil but i don't know how to run it with a battery i have tries a few methods but it didn't work can any body help me with a diagram please.

Question by kk khrab 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Combustion Chamber for high voltage spark

Based on Sir9's project http://sdch2o.free.fr/vrac/Sir9-Plasma-Steam-Engine.doc I am preparing to make my own version: The plan is to create a Tesla Turbine powered by steam which is made on the plasma spark from a Tesla Coil - Presumably if Sir9 used just 110 V, the really high voltage of the Tesla Coil should give me Big effects I am not sure about what size, shape and material I should use for the combustion chamber, and whether I can use multiple spark plugs safely. I'm planning to use a small 220v // 2,1kV microwave oven transormer for the coil just to keep things farely safe for the beginning and a turbine made of hard disk drives (about 16 plates) sealed in a plexi-glass chamber I have a lot more questions coming up every minute, need any help I can get - this is my first project of it's kind Thnx

Topic by skyw4lker 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Is it possible to build a spark gap using a fluorescent light ballast?

This is for a school project. We need to build a spark plug out of an LRC circuit and a 1.5 V D size battery. I was hoping to do it with a fluorescent light ballast as an inductor. The longer the spark in distance, the better.  Thanks.

Question by paul0 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


when my system start there is a sound of sparking in smps?

When my system start there is a sound of sparking in smps?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


15 Foot Tesla Coil, 26 Foot Sparks, In His Backyard!

Check it out!

Topic by NachoMahma 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Sparks fly when you machine titanium.

Hey everyone, I was surprised at what happens you machine titanium at 3200 rpms. Check out the sparks that flew while machining a 2"x1/8" titanium disc. Some sparks would even combust in mid air like tiny fireworks.   Brent

Topic by Mrballeng 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Making thermite. How do i open etch a sketch. Answered

I am trying to open my etch a sketch so i have aluminum powder for thermite. How do i get the sketch open???it has no screws whatsoever and i cant seem to pry it open with screw driver.

Question by The Red Button 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how to build a table top VTTC (vacuum tube tesla coil)

I want to know how to build a table top VTTC (vacuum tube tesla coil) i found only one instructable on it from Xellers, How To Build A Vacuum Tube Tesla Coil (VTTC) 1) what type of vacuum tube should i use? what is the most powerful, yet in-price-range tube i can get (no more than $50)? 2) what are the values of all the components in the schematic below? (T1, C1, C2, VT, R1, L1, L2, L3) 3) how much will it cost? [answered] 4) is the output dangerous for a table top version of it? (answered) 5) lastly, is it possible to modulate so its more like a "singing ark" and\ or transmit AM? 6) will the last schematic work? 7) do i need i M.O.T transformer or high voltage power supply?

Question by -max- 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Does a tesla coil need a spark gap?

I was reading some instructables on how to build them, and they all have spark gaps, is that optional.  I assume it is just a power limiter for people who want to have control over their coil.

Question by jj.inc 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


a simple electric component that acts like a spark gap?

Is there a simple electric component that acts like a spark gap? something that will not conduct until a voltage is reached? i would like to replace the inefficient spark gap in the Tesla coil. also, also voltage needs to be very precise, the breakdown voltage across a gap varies for a clean oscillation. then, the coil should be less noisy.  

Question by -max- 7 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


What is the difference between an NGK BPR-6ES spark plug and a NGK BP-6ES spark plug?

I need to replace a spark plug that is a NGK BPR_6ES and the only replacement i have is a NGK BP-6ES.Will it be suitable for a small honda motor on a davey pump.

Question by legend4930 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


how to remove intake manifold to chainge spark plugs on 2000 eclipse gt?

I cant figure it out and i need to replace my spark plugs

Question by nick12290 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How do you tell when a spark plug needs to be replaced? Answered

I Purchased a 1990 Mazda Protege and I am not sure when the last time the spark plugs were replaced. What are some easy ways to figure this out?

Question by CrawdadMan 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


how can I make an easy spark gap?

I made a potatoe cannon with PVC tubes, and I have an electric bug zapper as the power source, but I need some sparks to fire it up.If someone has got the circuit´s plans please live a comment. THANKS!!! :D

Question by madbot1999 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How can I make a spark gap powered by a 9 volt battery?

I had an idea for a project where I will (literally) Set Fire To The Rain. So I need a spark gap. Anyone know how to do this? I think it would be easy to charge, then discharge a flash capacitor. If that's a good plan, where can I find a schematic for a charging circuit?

Question by 4lifenerdfighter 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Creating a spark gap using assorted ceramic capacitors Answered

I have a load of assorted ceramic capacitors. Can I create a capacitor bank to power a spark gap, and if so, how? Since it is voltage that matters for spark gaps, most of these capacitors have obscure codes on them, which I cannot find any information about on the internet, but some have voltages marked on then. I have 4 blue 2kV capacitors, 9 brown 1kV capacitors and 2 large, flat 1000V capacitors. Thanks in advance for any help!

Question by callummance 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


What metal do people use to throw up sparks with their lowriders?

I've always thought that it was magnesium, but I've heard that titanium is used. It seems titanium would be mucho-expensive for what it does. Does anyone know anything about it? If I find anything with a reasonable price, I may make a project about it. Thanks, Bran.

Topic by Bran 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Stun Gun Mod Suggestions/Tips? HV Power!

The 2 images are the type of stun gun parts I have, I believe its a spark gap igniter one but m not 100% on that as I would rather leave it in the cardboard circular case unless I get confirmation it could be modified. What kinds of projects could this be used for, I'm pretty sure its DC powered and attempted putting the outputs to curved metal electrodes for a Jacobs ladder but arc stays in one spot after many adjustments.  Ive only worked with HVAC with an unrectified flyback for plasma globes. Anyone have any suggestions on what to pump this badboy into. P.S. Using 2 metal screws from an Xbox 360 and putting them very close together makes a very nice whistle to it, :).

Topic by thebellbell 4 years ago


dose spark will produce through tesla coil using 6v DC battery?

Dose spark will produce through tesla coil using 6v DC battery..............if possible can we use it as insect killer???

Question by rachit59 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Will it work if I put 400kv dc input in spark gap TC

I have a ques if I put 400kv high voltage generator as an input in standard spark gap Tesla coil will it work https://m.banggood.com/DC-3_7V-6V-To-400KV-Boost-Step-Up-Power-Module-High-Voltage-Generator-p-915426.html

Topic by vinayakv10 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Ways to make an Asynchronous Spark Gap NST friendly

Are there any ways to protect your neon sign transformer(s) from the affects of an Asynchronous rotary spark gap?

Topic by OzoneLab 7 years ago




My spark plug is smoking, what should I do? Answered

Earlier today I went mudding in my golfcart. After a while I felt the engine beneath my seat get really hot. So I opened the hood and my spark plug was smoking. What could this mean? And how should I fix this?

Question by Bardouv 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Make a small battery operated spark gap?

I want to make a potato gun but I don't want to use a grill ignitor (unreliable) and I don't really want to buy a taser (kind of expensive) to light it. I would really like to build some simple battery powered high voltage circuit capable of making a small spark or operating a spark plug. I would like it to meet these requirements. 1. Minimal circuitry. 2. No flyback. 3. Fits in/on an altoids tin I'm still just beginning to understand circuitry so the less complex the better. 

Question by Schober 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago