Now that I have a fair amount of research under my belt and a good idea of how I am going to attack this project… I have quite a few problems to overcome. Here are my top 5 constraints:
- Ferrofluid sticks to literally everything. Once it touches a glass surface, it will not come off unless it is wiped off thoroughly. I have found a couple websites that have a “top secret solution” that allows ferrofluid to freely float, but they refuse to share it with me unless I pay them a lump sum of money. I will have to devise my own method.
- Creating a custom glass tank that is completely waterproof is quite tedious. The glass has to be cut to tight dimensions, and bonded together with a strong non water-soluble adhesive.
- The power delivered to the electromagnet. Since I do not want this sculpture to be plugged into the wall, I will be using batteries. They have a voltage limit that cannot be surpassed (unless I use a ton of batteries) .
- Weight. Since the end goal is to have the ferrofluid sculpture wall mounted, weight is a huge concern. The last thing I want is to have the glass assembly containing vile fluid crashing to the ground!
- Money. Ferrofluid as well as the rest of the liquids/components I am using are not cheap, and I am not currently employed. My goal is to try and keep this project under $300, which as of now is looking good.