Monday, 26 February 2007

Ferrofluid art

Some videos on my brother's recent blog reminded me of ferrofluid art. If you've not come across ferrofluids they are basically made from magnetic particles suspended in a carrier liquid. When a magnetic field is applied they form into amazing shapes.

Apart from looking pretty they actually have useful applications, car manufacturers are using them in shock absorbers to stiffen and soften the suspension in cars dynamically.

Some of the coolest things I've seen are by a Japanese artist called Sachiko Kodama. Below is a some of her work on YouTube:

I really wanted to try making my own but it looked more complicated than I first thought so I haven't got round to it yet. However, if you really can't wait I did notice that people sell the stuff on ebay.

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