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DIY Hacks & How To’s: Chainmail

DIY Hacks & How To’s: Chainmail

Chainmail can do more than just protect you from sharp objects. It can also protect you from high voltage electricity. Many people who work with Tesla coils use chainmail as a kind of wearable faraday cage. A great example of this is the band ArcAttack. They use solid state Tesla coils to play music. The performers on stage are able to safely get struck by lightning from the Tesla coils because the metal suits redirect the electricity around their bodies. In this project, I am going to give you a basic introduction to the art of making chainmail.

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Shooting the ArcAttack Cover

Shooting the ArcAttack Cover

There are lots of great days, working for MAKE, but April 2 was one that’ll stand out in my memory for awhile. I got to skip out on real work and take a field trip out to the new ATX Hackerspace location on Dessau Rd., here in Austin. ArcAttack’s Joe and John DiPrima, Sam McFadden, and Steve Ward were there, with one of their big Tesla coils, along with two of my favorite peeps from MAKE headquarters in California, flown in just for the occasion: Creative Director Jason Babler and Associate Photo Editor Gregory Hayes.

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Alt.SXSW: ArcAttack! and More at SXSW Maker Show and Tell

Alt.SXSW: ArcAttack! and More at SXSW Maker Show and Tell

Chris Locke from Heartless Machine If you have already been watching MAKE’s alt.SXSW livestream, stay tuned today until 3:30 CST and you’ll catch MAKE’s official SXSW podcast.  We are doing a SXSW Maker Show and Tell, profiling local Austinites and makers here for THE FESTIVAL.  (If you have a SXSW badge, the panel is 3:30 […]

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