[TCML] Sculpture with Tesla coils
dexterlabs at dcemail.com
Fri Dec 4 13:25:04 MST 2009
*The project IS possible!
*Don't ask much about money.
Price for 1 kW tesla coil might vary from $200 to over $2000.
Depends on the quantity and quality of parts used,type of TC...
Do you want your tesla twin system to be silent or a loud one?
Spark gap coil generating 5 ft discharges is a pretty loud thing.
Glass house enclosure would block noise to some extent for sure,
but not entirely.
Speaking of the presence of small children,it is common
knowledge they are scared of loud noises.
Therefore my suggestion :
Bipolar Vacuum tube tesla coil is almost a silent machine
,yet it makes crazy,weird and bright (think visible!) sparks.
I love artists.They are crazy people (in a positive way).
My sister is an artist too.
> From: Mary Jane Mansfield <mjm_oceanwave at yahoo.com>
> Subject: [TCML] Sculpture with Tesla coils
> To: tesla at pupman.com
> Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009, 1:47 PM
> Hello Tesla coilers —
> I am an artist using water and electricity to create
> sculpture. Often using light bulbs under water in buckets
> and jars. There is a new concept I have in mind that I would
> love to bring to life.
> This will require building or buying 2 Tesla coils capable
> of generating 4 to 5 foot arcs. The coils would be in a
> glass house. (Likely to be constructed with SnapGlas™
> polycarbonate glazing panels lightweight for rapid assembly
> and less
> fasteners. SnapGlas™ is as clear as glass, but it
> features 100% UV
> protection and is virtually unbreakable.)
> The piece is designed to be built at Franconia sculpture
> park in MN.
> One upgrade to my design would include a safety fence
> around the glass house. The park is a family oriented
> environment where children will be present. Safety is my #1
> I started a research page to make communicating with you on
> the message board more efficient.
> The installation I wish to create is called Tornado Sky:
> Sunrise. Please use this link to learn more about the
> project and research into Tesla coils I have already done:
> Although I have considerable knowledge of electrical safety
> with the work I do, this will be my first association with
> high voltage and electronics.
> The foremost questions on my mind are as follows;
> • Do you feel this concept is possible?
> • How much would it cost for the 2 Tesla coils:
> A — To buy them ready to install, or...
> B — To build them?
> • If I were to familiarize myself by building a small
> Tesla coil over the next couple of months, would it be
> reasonable to believe I could build them myself by next
> • I have read the Tesla coil safety info online. Is there
> a formal training coarse available for high voltage safety
> Thank you in advance for your consideration in this matter.
> Your assistance will be an invaluable resource to me in
> generating a budget and project proposal.
> The submission deadline is February 13 2010.
> Best regards,
> Mary Jane
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