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Æther uses electricity to draw patterns in wood, with beautiful results -

did some experiments last night: wood + saline + high voltage supply + variac = fractal burn patterns. tried different kinds of wood with various effects. unfortunately my recollection of which types of wood are displayed are spotty. will update later. stay tuned for photos of my fractal wood burning coat rack.

Surely a technique other wood artists will be very interested in. – fractal wood burning on Flickr

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!



  1. mostly cajun says:

    I’ve seen this stuff in real life, like on the insulating support for high voltage power system equipment.

    When stuff gets wet and dirty that shouldn’t be wet and dirty, these pretty patterns start forming.

    When the pretty pattern from one conductor meets the pretty pattern from the next conductor, a multi-megawatt spark forms and erases ALL the pretty patterns.

    High voltage power systems specialist

  2. selfsilent says:

    I assume that the fractals are the shapes made by the salt in the saline.
    The salt gives a path of less resistance causing the power to flow along those paths.
    As the electricity heats up the salt I would imagine it breaks down the chain causing the electricity to take another path.

    It’s a really nice effect, I’m looking forward to the instructable.

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