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Make an anti-gravity static powered floating orb

Make an anti-gravity static powered floating orb

Think atomic theory is only for nerds? Think again. Make magical electrons dance right before your very eyes. This anti-gravity orb will move at your command.

All you need is a magic wand (for the Muggles of the world, buy PVC pipe) and some leftover Christmas tinsel. No tinsel hiding in your junk drawer? Science Bob's got you covered.

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The science behind the orb's flight is as simple as static electricity. Rubbing the PVC in your hair will give the pipe a negative charge. Zapping the tinsel will pass on the charge. The strung together tinsel will repel each other and transform into an orb. The (-) charged pipe then repels the (-) charged orb.

And you, in turn, will do nothing but attract (+) attention with your newfound invisible powers.

Holy Hogwarts, Voldemort. DIY wizardry has never been so accessible!

Make an amazing floating static orb

9 Comments

like christmas tinsel. it's a super light material that easily conducts a static charge ... very clingy!

and.. what's tinsel? i don't understand what that is, can someone link me an example??

go on google, click pictures, search tinsle and look at the images.

i dont understand what you do with the tinsel. But this is freakin awesome. amazing!!

gather 10 strands and tie them together on the ends-- they will naturally separate when they pick up the negative charge from the PVC

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