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The best colored ferrofluid products you've ever seen.
The best colored ferrofluid products you've ever seen.
227 backers pledged $18,678 to help bring this project to life.

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Ferrofluid: A Symbol of the Future 2.0

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About Me

I launched a very successful ($88k+) ferrofluid kickstarter project last year and everything went very smoothly. I've returned to kickstarter to show off my latest colored ferrofluid capabilities.

A New Symbol

I believe ferrofluid is a great icon to represent the 21st century, much in the same way motion lamps are considered an icon of the 1960’s counterculture revolution. People embraced it as a sort of statement to the zeitgeist of that era. That’s how I feel about ferrofluid at this point in time. This is why I created The Inspiration and why I've continued my work to now bring you The Illumination.

The Illumination is a massive 450 ml ferrofluid display with 15 ml of vibrant colored ferrofluid inside and a light source in the base to illuminate the reflective surface of the colored ferrofluid.

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The light at the bottom of the metal base illuminates the highly reflective colored ferrofluid to bring out it's true potential like never before.
The light at the bottom of the metal base illuminates the highly reflective colored ferrofluid to bring out it's true potential like never before.

 

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There's 5 amazing colors to chose from: blue, gold, platinum, red, and purple.
There's 5 amazing colors to chose from: blue, gold, platinum, red, and purple.

 

               

 

3 New Colors Added as Stretch Goals!

Kickstarter Green, Christmas Green, and μ (Mew). See our update for more info.

First Generation prototype of μ (Mew):

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 μ (Mew) was once referred to as a ‘mystery’ color early on. It’s tetrachromatic, having 4 different colors, and we decided the name would be μ (Mew). For those of you that don’t know, μ or (mu to be proper) is a greek letter pronounced phonetically like ‘Mew’ (yes, like the pokemon). Mu is used in academia to denote permeability in electromagnetic theory, so between that and the colorless pokemon we thought it was a good fit. It’s a very interesting ‘color’ that we had a very hard time capturing on camera.

Goal: $15,000  

Level: Unlocked!

 

 

A permanent magnet at the bottom keeps the ferrofluid spiking at all times.
A permanent magnet at the bottom keeps the ferrofluid spiking at all times.

 

Comes with 1 large magnet wand (2 magnet wands in picture)
Comes with 1 large magnet wand (2 magnet wands in picture)

 Each magnet wand is comprised of an internal array of 5 small neodymium magnets that alternate in magnetic polarity and a separate very large 1.5 inch diameter neodymium that can be attached and reattached.

5 star shape created by alternating polarity magnets in magnet wand.
5 star shape created by alternating polarity magnets in magnet wand.

 

 

"Can I get more than 1 color?"

Yes, you can get multiples! Just increase your pledge by the appropriate amount. We will ask you what colors you want when you fill out your survey. 

 

Get multiples of The Illumination
Get multiples of The Illumination

If you want all 5 colors, you can pledge at the 'rainbow' tier for the best value.

Get The Illumination in every color
Get The Illumination in every color

Want an extra magnet wand? Add $15 to your pledge.

2 magnets are better than 1
2 magnets are better than 1

Technically, each magnet wand is comprised of 5 small internal magnets and 1 large detachable magnet. So, 12 magnets are better than 6!

 

The Nano

The Nano is an interesting little display to say the least...

The ferrofluid is magnetized to a permanently magnetized screw.
The ferrofluid is magnetized to a permanently magnetized screw.

 

Small 15 ml glass bottle with about 1 ml of ferrofluid inside.
Small 15 ml glass bottle with about 1 ml of ferrofluid inside.

 

Comes with a magnet that holds firm to the top of the bottle when no longer in use.
Comes with a magnet that holds firm to the top of the bottle when no longer in use.

 

 

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There's 5 amazing colors to chose from: blue, gold, platinum, red, and purple.

 

3 New Colors Added as Stretch Goals!  

Kickstarter Green, Christmas Green, and μ (Mew). See our update for more info.

Yes, you can get multiples! Just increase your pledge by the appropriate amount. We will ask you what colors you want when you fill out your survey.

Get multiples of The Nano
Get multiples of The Nano

 

If you want all 5 colors, you can pledge at the 'rainbow' tier for the best value.

Get The Nano in every color
Get The Nano in every color

 

                                      

 

"But, Kyle, I want both the Nano and the Illumination!"

Not a problem! Just pledge at the Illumination reward tier and add $25 to your pledge for every Nano that you want. Again, we'll sort out which colors you want in the survey.

Get The Illumination and add The Nano to your pledge
Get The Illumination and add The Nano to your pledge

 

"But, Kyle, all the colors look so good. I can't make up my mind."

Okay, back at the 'Illumination + Nano Rainbow' tier and get your rewards at the highest priority. You'll receive the Nano in all 5 colors in advance so you can decide after seeing all 5  color options in person which you like best. Then we'll send you your Illumination in your preferred color with 2 magnet wands. This is the choice of the true colored ferrofluid connoisseur. 

Get The Nano in every color and The Illumination in one color
Get The Nano in every color and The Illumination in one color

 

 

 

 

The Search for Perfection

As you can tell from the pictures, the colored ferrofluid tends to only show it's true vibrancy from certain angles in proper lighting. The light at the base of The Illumination helps increase this affect. I have been fine tuning how to engineer the ferrofluid on a chemical level to keep this vibrancy in all angles and lighting. You can see this in the Red Illumination and the Gold and Blue Nano's already. But, I need the help of the kickstarter community to bring the other colors to the same masterful level as these. Yes, the other colors are good, but I believe I can achieve even better with your help. The more I make a certain colored ferrofluid, the more I can improve it.

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Backing This Project  

Backing our Kickstarter is simple and secure, and open to people from all around the world. Log into your Kickstarter account, or create a new account. Click the green “Back This Project” button at the top of this page. Enter your pledge amount and select a reward tier (The Nano or The Illumination). Submit your payment information and that’s it! You should receive a confirmation email moments after you submit the form. Kickstarter accepts debit or credit card associated with Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. All payments are in US dollars. Note: your card will only be charged at the end of the project.

 

 

Risks and challenges

I have 4+ years of experience working with ferrofluid and am proud to say I'm a lead innovator in the world of ferrofluid displays. I made the first colored ferrofluid as well as the first ferrofluid motion lamp. I have a successful kickstarter project under my belt. I'm using all the same materials from the last kickstarter project intentionally to minimize risk.

I've been making colored ferrofluid for over 3 years. The quality of some colors is better than others, but constantly improving as I gain more experience. I wouldn't offer any color that wasn't already at an acceptable level of quality. My standards tend to be higher than those that have never seen this type of thing before because, well, I do this everyday.

Of course, the sheer logistics of a kickstarter project can be a hurdle in and of itself. This is normal and practically to be expected. I'm no stranger to dealing with this. I have scheduled time for troubleshooting any potential hurdles and believe that I am a good problem solver. Also, I'm 100% committed and willing to lose sleep and will work non stop to find a solution if need be. Ferrofluid displays is what I do for a living. There is no longer a day job for me. I'm all in.

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    The Nano w/ Colored Ferrofluid

    A 15 ml glass bottle with 1 ml of vibrant colored colored ferrofluid inside magnetized to a permanently magnetized screw.

    Fully sealed and un-openable by hand.

    Comes with magnet that can be stored on top of bottle when not in use.

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    The Illumination (Early Backer)

    A 450 ml glass bottle with 15 ml of vibrant colored ferrofluid inside magnetized to a permanent magnet at the bottom.

    A light source inside the metal base illuminates the colored ferrofluid to really bring out it's true potential.

    Bottle is crimp sealed. Comes with a very large magnetic wand.

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    Bottle is crimp sealed. Comes with a very large magnetic wand.

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    The Illumination + Nano Rainbow

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    Get the Illumination in one color and the Nano in all 5 colors!

    Plus an extra magnet wand.

    *Backers at this tier get their rewards at the highest priority level. These backers' rewards are the first to ship out.*

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