Lichtenberg Figure

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Project by CJohnson1073 posted 02-04-2016 06:59 PM 3828 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This display art was created by high voltage flowing through a piece of reclaimed wood. The electricity travels through the path of least resistance creating unique Lichtenberg Figures. Each piece is different and unpredictable. The wood burning process is quite exciting to watch! When electricity is applied to the piece of reclaimed wood you hear the buzz of the electrons trying to complete the circuit, and while this happens the surface of the wood comes to life with glowing paths creating fractal patterns. The paths follow random motions, and are influenced by the nuances in the wood, whether it be the wood grain, imperfections, or density changes. After the Lichtenberg figures are formed, the pieces are cleaned and sanded to help bring out the lightning like designs.

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#1 posted 02-04-2016 07:18 PM

Your technic is very interesting and inovative. I would never gues that you made it this way. Wood grain and electricity created real picture -sunny sky and trees.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 02-04-2016 10:46 PM

Interesting and does look like the sun shining between two tree branches.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 02-04-2016 11:02 PM

That’s really cool, how exactly do you apply the electricity?

-- Terry, Grants Pass, OR - It's not how fast you want to go but how much money you've got to get there...

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#4 posted 02-04-2016 11:27 PM

You got a beautiful pattern! How many tries to produce this one?

Here a link with instructions on how to do it.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#5 posted 02-05-2016 06:09 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 12-10-2016 07:24 PM

Beautiful piece of art. I see this a bit differently . . . to me, it is a scene looking at a mountain across a lake, complete with clouds above the mountain, and a full reflection of the scene in the surface of the lake between the trees.
This is a beauty. Well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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