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Plasma Tubes and Sculptures
Gases or vapors give off light when ionized by electricity into a plasma state. This fourth state of matter is created when electrons get knocked out of their stable orbits by other free electrons racing towards the positively charged electrode. A single photon of a particular wavelength of light is emitted when an electron falls back into its stable orbit. The result of billions of these photons every second is a glow of light that seems to come from empty space.

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3 Leg Xenon Plasma Sculpture
22" Tall with Uranium, Noviol and clear glass
393 x 611 px  (50 KB)
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3 Leg Xenon Plasma Sculpture
Uranium Glass spheres with Noviol Glass
389 x 621 px  (47 KB)
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3 Leg Xenon Plasma Sculpture
Single electrode energized from high frequency power supply.
438 x 607 px  (66 KB)
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3 Leg Xenon Plasma Sculpture
Detail of the Xenon plasma in the body and one leg.
458 x 634 px  (71 KB)
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Modern Neon/Mercury Geissler Tube
30" Uranium, Bromo Blue and Clear glass
640 x 480 px  (56 KB)
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Modern Neon/Mercury Geissler Tube
Detail of large sphere
640 x 480 px  (58 KB)
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Modern Neon/Mercury Geissler Tube
End View
640 x 480 px  (57 KB)
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4 Arm Neon / Mercury Tube
Uranium Glass Body
640 x 480 px  (62 KB)
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4 Arm Xenon Tube
Uranium, Bromo Blue and Clear Body
456 x 640 px  (73 KB)
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4 Arm Xenon Tube
Closeup of Xenon Plasma in a Linear Discharge
620 x 480 px  (78 KB)
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Detail of Phosphors in Plasma Tubes
Swirled Coral Phosphor in a Xenon Tube
640 x 480 px  (59 KB)
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Detail of Phosphors in Plasma Tubes
Green Phosphor and Uranium Glass
640 x 480 px  (60 KB)
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Detail of Phosphors in Plasma Tubes
Green w/Uranium and a Mercury Vapor Discharge
640 x 480 px  (59 KB)
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Detail of Phosphors in Plasma Tubes
White w/Mercury Vapor
640 x 480 px  (58 KB)
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Xenon "U" Tube
with Red, Green and Blue Glass, Phosphor Coated
480 x 640 px  (62 KB)
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Xenon "U" Tube
Single Electrode
640 x 480 px  (63 KB)
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Xenon "U" Tube
Detail of Center Electrode
640 x 480 px  (71 KB)
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Flicker Tube
Random motion between the four semi-circles.
640 x 480 px  (53 KB)
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Neo-Cola...Neon Filled Coke Bottle
Things glow better with Coke!
640 x 480 px  (35 KB)
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Flaming Bottle
Mini-Sculpture energized by High-Frequency base.
640 x 480 px  (46 KB)
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Xenon Filled Tubes
Used by another artist in a sculpture.
640 x 480 px  (67 KB)
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Neon...With a Twist!
Clear and phosphor coated tubes asymmetrically heated and twisted.
640 x 480 px  (62 KB)
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Neon Filled Crackle Tube
Clear section is filled with hundreds of pieces of small tubing, creating numerous paths for the plasma to take.
480 x 640 px  (74 KB)
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'Alein Lightforms' Animated Plasma Sculpture
Light moves through each tube until it is filled, and on to the next one.
640 x 480 px  (80 KB)
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Neon Mirror
Square frame hides recessed white neon tube in back. Pink neon behind mirror blends with the white, while a pale lavender argon tube rings the mirror. Variable color neon cove lighting above can set any mood in a room.
640 x 480 px  (74 KB)
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Neon Mirror
Detail of Mirror.
640 x 480 px  (65 KB)
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'Unzipped' Wall Hanging
Neon and fabric.
640 x 480 px  (63 KB)
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StarGate
Six foot neon star over enterence of Trader's Depot across the street from my studio. Done as a trade out for goodies!
640 x 480 px  (60 KB)
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Plasma on the GO...
Patent Pending on this new motorcycle accessory, a mini-plasma tube that operates from the ignition coil on a motorcycle or car.
640 x 480 px  (62 KB)
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Plasmalamp
An experiment with Frit, Stringers and Dichro worked into Uranium and Barium / Strontium Glass. Tube contains Mercury Vapor with an Argon carrier gas.
480 x 640 px  (62 KB)
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Plasmapot In Bloom
Single Electrode Twigs with Mercury Vapor and Neon.
432 x 576 px  (65 KB)
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TubeSnake
An experiment with different phosphor patterns. Mercury Vapor and Neon.
640 x 480 px  (67 KB)
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Fineal on 3 Leg Tube
Mercury Vapor glow discharge with Neon for the carrier gas.
452 x 595 px  (57 KB)
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Bromo Blue, Uranium and Noviol Glass
A linear xenon discharge.
640 x 480 px  (58 KB)
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Uranium Glass with Krypton Gas
Linear discharge in Krypton gas.
640 x 480 px  (60 KB)
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Fineal Detail of Single Electrode Piece
Mercury Vapor and Neon in clear glass.
640 x 480 px  (55 KB)
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Large Xenon Sphere
Xenon excited by high frequency power supply.
640 x 480 px  (64 KB)
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Some of My Little 3 Legged Friends
Four variations on the Tripod series of Plasma Tubes.
576 x 432 px  (67 KB)
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Probability Engine
Xenon tube, LEDs, Acyrlic, Found objects
320 x 480 px  (91 KB)
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Probability Engine
Approx. 3 feet tall, Xenon tube inside acyrilic tube
320 x 480 px  (46 KB)
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Probability Engine
Red & white LEDs in base, blue LEDs at bottom of xeon tube
640 x 426 px  (64 KB)
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Probability Engine
Nosecone of found objects holds everything together by tension on the stainless steel rods
320 x 480 px  (84 KB)
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Teardrop Tree
Handblown plasma tube containing neon and mercury vapor
682 x 1024 px  (79 KB)
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Teardrop Tree
Lead glass teardrops hang from arms of plasma tube
682 x 1024 px  (102 KB)
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Teardrop Tree
Overhead view
1024 x 682 px  (78 KB)
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Teardrop Tree
Blue and orange plasma in the same tube
682 x 1024 px  (76 KB)
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Teardrop Tree
Base is white glass juicer bowl from a MixMaster kitchen mixer and contains the power supply for the plasma tube
682 x 1024 px  (93 KB)
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Element 54 Electrical Experimental Apparatus #113
Three electrode xenon filled flask on stand
682 x 1024 px  (205 KB)
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Element 54 Electrical Experimental Apparatus#113
Another mode of operation
682 x 1024 px  (210 KB)
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Element 54 Electrical Experimental Apparatus#113
Touch sensitive
682 x 1024 px  (217 KB)
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Element 54 Electrical Experimental Apparatus#113
Brass chain conducts current from binding posts on base
682 x 1024 px  (172 KB)
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Element 54 Electrical Experimental Apparatus#113
Dissassembled
682 x 1024 px  (167 KB)
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Element 54 Electrical Experimental Apparatus #112
Uranium, blue, clear and phosphor coated glassxenon filled plasma tube on wood and marble base
188 x 480 px  (40 KB)
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Element 54 Electrical Experimental Apparatus #112
Marble, wood and brass base with binding posts
320 x 480 px  (77 KB)
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Element 54 Electrical Experimental Apparatus #112
Tube illuminated with high frequency power supply
317 x 480 px  (41 KB)
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Element 54 Electrical Experimental Apparatus #112
Phosphor swirl and uranium glass
248 x 480 px  (47 KB)
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Element 54 Electrical Experimental Apparatus #114
Uranium and clear glass 3 electrode tube on wood base
320 x 480 px  (58 KB)
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Element 54 Electrical Experimental Apparatus #114
Tube sits in wood base with binding posts for electrical input
320 x 480 px  (62 KB)
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Element 54 Electrical Experimental Apparatus #114
Tube made from uranium and clear glass
320 x 480 px  (54 KB)
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Element 54 Electrical Experimental Apparatus #114
Xenon plasma with high frequency power supply
320 x 480 px  (51 KB)
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Element 54 Electrical Experimental Apparatus #111
Uranium and blue glass xenon filled tube on wood base
682 x 1024 px  (150 KB)
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Element 54 Electrical Experimental Apparatus #111
Backlit tube
682 x 1024 px  (107 KB)
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Element 54 Electrical Experimental Apparatus #111
Illuminated tube out of base
682 x 1024 px  (114 KB)
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Ionic Neuro-Mesmerizer
Model #XE-5R
785 x 1024 px  (191 KB)
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Ionic Neuro-Mesmerizer
Xenon Plasma Sculpture
683 x 1024 px  (208 KB)
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683 x 1024 px  (251 KB)
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1024 x 683 px  (188 KB)
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683 x 1024 px  (210 KB)
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683 x 1024 px  (159 KB)
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1024 x 888 px  (206 KB)
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1024 x 683 px  (180 KB)
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683 x 1024 px  (153 KB)
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1024 x 683 px  (212 KB)
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Inner Space Interface #1
Single chamber at the bottom splits into a double helix, with one side coated with a blue phosphor and the other side with red.
600 x 900 px  (66 KB)
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1024 x 683 px  (94 KB)
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Blown Glass Plasma Sculptures

Blown Glass Plasma Sculptures

Hand-blown furnace glass plasma lamps and sculptures. A collaboration between Sandstorm Glassworks and Special Effects Neon, these one of a kind art glass pieces produce their own illumination using ionized inert gases and glowing phosphors that create light, color and motion within the glass envelope.
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 Artist:   Tony Greer Special Effects Neon  ( ) Contact Artist 
The things that intrigue me most are electricity, light and glass. Each one is fascinating on its own, but when these elements are combined they have the potential to become something uniquely beautiful. For me, this is the perfect marriage of science and art, as I find many of the phenomena in physics, as well as nature intrinsically beautiful.



Tony Greer
Lubbock TX 79401 US


Comments
  • Goldmanglass
    wow
    Goldmanglass: thats cool as hell!! i love the uranium touch
    4/11/2006 10:54 PM
  • Lucid Visions
    !
    Lucid Visions: Very cool!
    4/12/2006 7:21 AM
  • BE Glass
    .
    BE Glass: those are too cool!
    Nice pieces
    B
    4/12/2006 11:14 AM
  • JOE Patane
    amsalp
    JOE Patane: Nice Job Tony Looks good
    5/2/2006 9:32 PM
  • Les
    Amazing!
    Les: makes me want to be a mad scientist!
    12/1/2006 6:41 AM
  • Moerugomi
    Oh,Divine
    Moerugomi: XenonGas,VeryIllusion-VeryFantastic!!!
    1/17/2007 8:52 AM
  • Carlee
    ........
    Carlee: down on my knees... crying !
    extraterrestrial....exorbitant
    ....and so on and so on...
    2/17/2007 1:22 AM
  • Mike Gong
    whooooa
    Mike Gong: those are amazing! it looks like you really know what the plasma will do. I really dig the skinny connector things .. wicked!
    7/25/2007 11:28 AM
  • Tracy Jerrell Akhtar
    Amazing is right!
    Tracy Jerrell Akhtar: Very "sci-fi" I love those tripods! Fantastic designs.
    8/9/2007 9:39 PM



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