Kinetic Bismuth Sculpture "Defiance" with Floating Magnet
There is nothing else necessary for this levitation to take place. The magnet between the bismuth crystals is floating freely, touching nothing but air, and it will stay that way permanently.
The base is about 9.5x3.5 inches. Overall hight is about 2 inches.
What you get:
1. The exact crystals in the pictures
2. The walnut platform in the pictures
3. For floating;
4 cube magnets of various size
2 sphere magnets
2 ring magnets
2 wafer magnets
2 disc magnets
2 cylinder magnets
The overall measurements are 3x4x10inches.
These crystals are solid bismuth, and this little McElhannon array of magnets achieves perfect balance with this amazing metal's diamagnetism.
How? Diamagnetic materials repel both of a magnet's poles' (north and south) equally. The walnut base contains a special array of metal and magnets. This combination creates a magnetic field that works with the bismuth's diamagnetism to hold the little magnet in a small pocket of stability.
See this video on youtube for an earlier piece.
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It's very easy to set up. Just put the piece on a semi-level surface. Arrange the crystals with a gap approximately centered between the magnets. Slip a small magnet in between the crystals. Then gently slide the crystals to the left and right until the magnet floats freely between.
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