Thursday, December 31, 2009
How to Make a Leyden Jar and Electrostatic Generator
The longer I worked on this project, the more excited I became with it. It took me a while to figure out how to best fabricate the Leyden jar and electrostatic generator and had to go through several iterations before it worked the way I wanted it to. The jar really holds a charge and it's unbelievable how big a spark that thing makes! If you accidentally discharge it with your hand when you're not expecting it, look out! It's quite a shocking experience.
All the directions are in the upcoming Make. I also made a video that's pretty detailed. See it at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5wr1Ishmx0 or click on the thumbnail photo below.
PS Thanks to everybody who wrote me with good wishes concerning my health. I'm going to be fine.