Reflection..........A Fractal Burning

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-14-2018 06:47 PM 1777 views 1 time favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one of my fractal burnings that came out almost perfect with almost identical patterns from each electrode. It is slab of natural edge mesquite with some of the saw marks left in for a “wind” effect. For this one I use Pepsi Cola and baking soda for wetting the wood. I tried Vinegar with baking soda and also beer. There is a video below that I made of the three of them after this one was produced

This piece is 10 1/2” x 12” high and 7/8” thick. It is finished with Danish Oil and clear gloss poly.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 08-14-2018 07:41 PM

pretty neat Jim – video was enlightening.
That mesquite looks great

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 08-14-2018 07:44 PM

Cool stuff, I have to try that.

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#3 posted 08-14-2018 07:46 PM


To get it to burn the limbs, do you move your wand at the end of each limb…??


Very cool Video… Nice to see how you DO IT!!

Have you accidentally briefly touched & got shocked yet? :)

Is the schematic circuit very large and complicated? Can you post the circuit diagram? How big & heavy are the microwave xfmrs? Looks like it might pretty simple & easy to do…

Thank you!

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#4 posted 08-14-2018 08:05 PM

Went all the way to the end of the video, all I saw was some burned up wood. I thought there would be some tree like veining being showed. (my bad) Not what I wanted to spend 8 minutes to see. Glad the pepsi works though.

Maybe a little bit of an explanation regarding the content of the video would have helped.

EDIT: The piece of wood is awesome by the way!

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#5 posted 08-14-2018 08:28 PM

Very Nice Indeed & Well Done Jim!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 08-14-2018 08:38 PM

Very cool Jim. The test was informative and interesting. I was hoping to see you pick up the test piece at the end to show the results of each formula. The light will be a good idea to know its live.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 08-14-2018 08:58 PM

Nice work Jim!
Good to see mesquite works well with the high voltage. Not to detract from that “perfect tree” pattern, but you should have cut the juice just before the two trees met (leaves room for separating them without undue pruning 8^).

What made you decide on Pepsi and baking soda? I’ve only had consistent success with just BS but I never tried altering the solution with anything besides water.

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#8 posted 08-14-2018 09:16 PM

Great result Jim, loved your video it should have some guys trying this out but will also have a few experimenting as you did with various media.
Personally mate I would have simply drunk the beer & gone with the other two ;)
Well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 08-14-2018 09:48 PM

Very neat!

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#10 posted 08-14-2018 10:37 PM

Beautiful – I love the effect of the fractal burning , but playing with electricity like that scares me, so compliments on your bravery. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 08-14-2018 10:49 PM

Thanks, guys, for the nice comments. I will have more to come when I get the wood prepared and some turned for burning the patterns into.

Hi Jbay. The video was just to show how the three solutions conducted . The piece in the project is the result but it was burned before the video.

Hi Joe, no, I have gotten shocked yet. I think, if I had, I would not be here typing this. That is 2000 volts. I talked to guy who was displaying fractal burned pieces at the Coast Guard Festival last week and he has a transformer he bought from England that is 27,000 volts, He said one time a spark jumped to the wall from his electrode. I’d never get near that one!!
There is not much for a circuit diagram. When you pull the transformer out of the microwave, you have to find the 2 wires (120 volt) that go to the primary side and then pick the hot wire from the secondary side for one probe and the case ground is hooked to the other probe. A lot of guy drive nails in the board and hook the wires to them using alligator clips so they don’t have to have their hands near when the turn it on.

Hi Bruce, I could have shortened the burn, but I wanted the dual pattern for this piece.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 08-14-2018 10:50 PM

I have always loved this work ….. BUT deathly afraid of it ….. but shockingly beautiful Jim … GREAT JOB :<)) gratz top 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#13 posted 08-14-2018 10:57 PM

Lovely mate

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#14 posted 08-14-2018 11:05 PM

Wow Jim, that turned out beautiful! Very interesting – a little terrifying – but I appreciate seeing the video on how this is actually done. I’m no good with electricity, wish I had the gall to do this but instead I’ll enjoy the art work you come up with! Nicely done!!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#15 posted 08-14-2018 11:09 PM

Thanks Tony, David and Kim!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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