Bismuth Monolith Magnetic / Diamagnetic Levitation - Kinetic Geode Sculpture
This handcrafted bismuth kinetic art sculpture features the diamagnetic flotation of a 5 mm cube or sphere magnet. The magnet touches nothing but air. The arrangement requires no power of any kind, just a balancing of two bismuth crystals and two magnets.
Bismuth is not magnetic - it's diamagnetic. It repels the north and south poles of magnets equally.
In my arrangement, the top magnet attracts the small magnet with enough force to lighten it. The diamagnetic force of the bottom bismuth crystal can then push the little cube or sphere off its surface. The magnet rises, but not so high that it gets sucked all the way up as it would without the bismuth. The top crystal, while not necessary, provides stability, and allows a fraction of a millimeter extra lift.
I created this sculpture to highlight the amazingly ordered structure of the bismuth crystal. It's cut from a solid chunk of bismuth ingot. There is no construction, no synthesis and no applied color. It's about 8 inches tall including the crown magnet. Perfect for anyone who loves unique art that is both awe-inspiring and stunning to view. A true conversation piece, it provides a dramatic accent to any room or office space.
It's very easy to set up. Just put the piece on a semi-level surface. Slip the cube magnet between the crystals. Use the top crown magnet to adjust the floating magnet between the crystals. If the floating magnet is too low, twist the crown magnet clockwise. If it's too high, twist the crown magnet counter-clockwise.
What you get:
1. A sculpture very similar to the one in the pictures
2. A crown magnet for the top
3. Two 4 mm cube magnets
Two 5 mm cube magnets
Two 5 mm wafer magnetS
Two 5 mm sphere magnets
Please note that this is not for children. Neodymium magnets can pose a choking hazard. If multiple magnets are swallowed, they can attach to one another through intestine walls. This can cause a severe health risk, requiring immediate, emergency surgery if correctly diagnosed. Also, the strong magnetic fields near a neodymium magnet can affect pacemakers, ICDs and other implanted medical devices. Many of these devices are made with a feature that deactivates it with a magnetic field. Therefore, care must be taken to avoid inadvertently deactivating such devices.
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