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Bismuth Maglev Sculpture

Bismuth Maglev Sculpture

Bismuth Maglev Sculpture

This cool new Bismuth Maglev Sculpture from Element83 (which just happens to be bismuth) is a stunning kinetic art sculpture handcrafted from a solid chunk of bismuth ingot that showcases a neodymium magnet levitating in a central crevice. Bismuth is a diamagnetic element, which means that it naturally repels both the north and south poles of magnets equally, and when combined with a strong neodymium magnet at the top of the sculpture, the central magnet cube between the crystals will more or less float there forever. Perfect for staring at on your desk while bored at work (blow on the magnet with a straw to get it spinning) or just display it in your home as a decorative piece of sculptural science.

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  • Bismuth Maglev Sculpture
  • Handcrafted bismuth kinetic art sculpture features the diamagnetic flotation of a 5 mm cube or sphere magnet
  • Element 83 (bismuth) is naturally diamagnetic element and has one of the lowest values of thermal conductivity among metals
  • Bismuth is not magnetic. It's diamagnetic. It repels the north and south poles of magnets equally.
  • Top crown magnet attracts the small magnet with enough force to lighten it
  • Slip the cube magnet in between the crystals - If magnet floats, great
  • If it's too low twist the crown magnet clockwise
  • If it's too high twist the crown magnet counter-clockwise
  • The diamagnetic force of the bottom bismuth crystal can then push the little cube or sphere off its surface
  • The arrangement requires no power of any kind, just a balancing of two bismuth crystals and two magnets
  • Cut from a solid chunk of bismuth ingot
  • Materials: bismuth, iron, Boron, Neodymium, Pine
  • Neodymium magnets are not for children. Small magnets can pose a choking hazard
  • Neodymium magnets can affect pacemakers
  • Size: 8" T

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