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Ferro Experiment

This three part work is a study of pattern using magnets and ferromagnetic materials, including video, physical/motion, and physical/static portions. Each portion exhibits a unique experience of the patterns and shapes created by the ferromagnetic material’s interaction with the magnetic field and its surround medium.

Physical/Static

These objects are each made of ferromagnetic particles and a suspending medium.

Types of Particles: Steel Wool #0000, Steel dust from 150 sandpaper, Steel dust from and iron file. Suspending Mediums: Silicone Sealant, Hot Glue, Super Glue, Paraffin Wax.

Physical/Motion

This contraption exhibits the intriguing behavior of steel dust gathering into lines and flipping over end-on-end. It is counter intuitive behavior since these steel lines have no visible source of the forces acting upon them, just the magnetic field.

Video

This video portrays more particles acting under the influence of a magnetic field.

Types of Particles: Steel Wool #0, Steel Wool #0000, Steel dust from 150 sandpaper, Steel dust from and iron file. Suspending Mediums: Canola Oil, Vegetable Oil, Mineral Oil, Air.

Music by James Storey

Acknowledgements

Thanks for your help: Phil Galanter, R.J. Pena, Brian Smith, James Storey, Jim Murphy

Thanks to Tiffany Sanchez, Sarah Spofford for the super magnets. Thanks to Cameron Coker for the light box.

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