Wood burning With Lightning. Lichtenberg Figures!

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Wood burning With Lightning. Lichtenberg Figures!

This demonstration is extremely, extremely dangerous. — If you touch ANYTHING (wires, transformer, wood… anything!) while its plugged in you will be ELECTROCUTED and DIE — PEOPLE HAVE DIED from microwave transformers — all it takes is one mistake — YOU DONT GET A SECOND CHANCE…..

In this video I Burn Lichtenburg Figures into wood using a microwave oven transformer. The results are spectacular. I will give you some tips on how to do it.

Slightly updated tutorial with a little more info: http://imgur.com/a/PSmcr

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First, the high voltage supply. You can use any supply you have on hand. Neon sign transformer, flyback, oil ignitor, ignition coil… you get the idea.

Second, the wood. I use thin plywood. It keeps the water from absorbing too deeply. When you put the water on, try to keep it from soaking in too much, and try not to leave thin puddles on top. It is also important to place the electrodes with the grain of the wood. If you put the electrodes perpendicular to the wood you will get a funny looking one.

Third, the solution. Any solution of dissolved ions will work. I just used baking soda because it was convenient. Na/KCl would work too, but I don’t know what happens to the chlorine atom at those high voltages (hopefully it does not come loose). Play with the concentration to see what gives you the best results.

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  • EnderToastergaming
    May 23, 2016

    Hey could you use like a car battery and some jumper cables to do it´╗┐

  • Celtic Angel
    May 23, 2016

    what if i can not get a microwave transformer?´╗┐

  • kelly white
    May 23, 2016

    i had no idea baking soda was electroconductive…´╗┐

  • Brian Gutierrez
    May 23, 2016

    Looks like mod of the dead pack-a-punched skin camo´╗┐

  • Gaming Lemon Luck
    May 23, 2016

    Ya crap´╗┐

  • EpicNateMon
    May 23, 2016

    couldnt you just do this with a car battery and jumper cables as the electricity stuff´╗┐

  • metro retro12
    May 23, 2016

    omg I think thats how the world ended except with different materials´╗┐

  • Mariano Barrera-perez
    May 23, 2016


  • Farruh Farhodov
    May 23, 2016

    I would make one of those for my art Project´╗┐

  • Tim Lary
    May 23, 2016

    drink bleach nerd´╗┐

  • bella and holly vlogs
    May 23, 2016

    thats one way to draw a tree :3´╗┐

  • benjamin higgs
    May 23, 2016

    I'm guessing it was one of your better smelling projects too ;)´╗┐

  • Creedz Code
    May 23, 2016

    Be my science teacher please !!! ????????´╗┐

  • Ray Zhang
    May 23, 2016

    He should meet The king of random´╗┐

  • RailfanChris1995
    May 23, 2016

    Looks like the old game Missile Command´╗┐

  • omar sleam
    May 23, 2016

    Search algorithm´╗┐

  • HaydenPK
    May 23, 2016

    Could you make a follow up video where you try using sodium nitrate solution instead? Would be cool to see how it affects it :)´╗┐

  • Dylan Brinsbury-Magee
    May 23, 2016

    whats the song that plays while the wood is burning? its chill af :D´╗┐

  • Dominic Meehan
    May 23, 2016

    +TheBackyardScientist Would it be possible to make patterns by this by applying the baking soda in a specific pattern rather than the whole board? I've only been watching your videos for two days and I've been loving them´╗┐