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Looking for something I can't remember the name of.


By Pintucky

4 years ago



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    #1 4 years ago

    I have a Frankenstein pin. I'd like to put one of those gadgets on the top of the back box for effect, that has electricity sparking up and down it. It looks like an old fashioned TV antenna. Is it a Tesla coil? The ones I've seen only light a bulb up and are 12 volt. Anyone know of what I'm talking about? Electric current dancing between the two poles and making the 'zap, zap' noise. I'd also say it might end up being cost prohibitive or even dangerous!

    Thanks, anyone.
    Mike in Kentucky

    #2 4 years ago

    Tesla ladder or Jacobs ladder?

    #3 4 years ago

    Jacob's Ladder is what you're looking for. Here's an Instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-A-Jacobs-Ladder/

    they can be *phenomenally* dangerous, but look awesome. I've seen a couple made with EL wire which are fake (and dont' really move) but won't kill you or your electrical grid

    just found this:

    #4 4 years ago

    Yes! That's it! Jacob's Ladder. While that is exactly what I want, I'm afraid of the danger of the high voltage. Too many little kids playing this pin and I don't want to risk injury.

    I wonder if there is anything else out there that is less dangerous which would provide a little "laboratory" effect like in the movies? Isn't there a crystal ball looking thing that has static electricity inside it dancing around? Don't know the name of that either.

    Thanks guys for your responses. At least I now know it is called Jacob's Ladder!
    Mike

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    #5 4 years ago

    I'm not sure if you can buy it, but here's the instructions to make one yourself:

    http://www.digitalmisery.com/projects/halloween/el-ladder/

    made our of EL Wire, no high voltage required!

    #6 4 years ago
    Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

    made our of EL Wire, no high voltage required!

    Thats a nice solution... I'm sure a real one would cause a lot of interference issues

    #7 4 years ago

    I remember my dad making a Jacob's Ladder when I was a little tyke. He had it in a box with a glass front. Perhaps you could encase it in clear plastic.

    #8 4 years ago

    8" plasma globe -

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