When I first came across some videos on YouTube for Ferrofluid I was amazed of its properties and wanted to build something micro controlled with electro magnets. For those of you that (like me) are unfamiliar with ferrofluid you can read more about this amazing liquid here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrofluid
So I bought a small bottle of eBay and the plan was to just have it in some water and have some electromagnets coming in from the side. So I got this chamber made from vinyl and cut out some Plexiglas front and back pieces. There is a groove in the vinyl to hold an o-ring to seal the water inside.
The first time I filled the chamber up with water and added the Ferrofluid. Total disaster. The ferrofluid stained the Plexiglas so it was just a mess. The ferrofluid stains about anything it touches so I had a hard time cleaning the chamber afterwards.
I have seen it done on YouTube so there must be some sort of secret mixture in the solution they are using. So I humbly asked Nicky Nada over at Concept Zero http://shop.czferro.com/ for help, and amazingly he took the time to help me and reveled some of the secrets in the world of ferrofluid. But a lass, my magnets where not strong enough to pull the ferrofluid in my first chamber so I had to rethink this.
Then it struck me that I could just order a perfect bottle from Nicky and build my stand around it. And armed with my 3D printer I could build everything I needed. As you can see did I go for a Steampunk them and I think it came out rater good.
Usually I start out testing parts of my project and breadboard everything before I start building. On this project I started in the other end and built the box and all the Steampunk fixtures first, then got down to the electronics and wiring. On this project that turned out pretty well, as there is a small issue of the strength of my home made magnets and if this had been apparent to me earlier on, I might not have finished this project.
Again, a special thanks to Nicky Nada for all his help and encouragement on this project. Without his help this project would have been ditched a long time ago. So please have a look around at his site http://shop.czferro.com/
Some more images of the stand