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Blending high technology nanochemistry and old-world craftsmanship.
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Put simply, a magnetic liquid. Ferrofluids are composed of three basic components:

  • Sub-microscopic, magnetically permeable particles of iron oxide, usually magnetite. 
  • A surfactant or dispersant coating.
  • A carrier fluid.

Check out our blog post on the History of Ferrofluid for more information on its NASA roots and modern-day applications. Ferrofluid is notorious for staining everything it comes into contact with. A suspension liquid or "SL" prevents the ferrofluid from staining a container along with preserving its ability to spike.

It's important to know that not all ferrofluid displays are created equally. Genuine Concept Zero displays will not stain, leak, or stop spiking in a few weeks like imitation brands. A simple search on Kickstarter and Google will confirm how critical a perfectly tuned SL is when making a product with ferrofluid.

We only use FerroTec ferrofluid in our creations.

All our displays are available in black, gold and blue-colored ferrofluid. Our colors are vibrant even in bad lighting and our suspension liquid remains free of debris.

MOTION 30mL

Our entry-level ferrofluid display, the Motion, showcases the beauty of ferrofluid in a safe and mess-free environment. We are releasing our hand-folded packaging on Kickstarter, along with offering all blue and gold color upgrades at no extra cost to backers. 

The cap of this display is child-resistant so you'll have a layer of protection if a curious youngster gets a hold of the bottle. The top of the bottle is magnetic, so you can comfortably place the included magnet on it when the display is not in use. 

This is a perfect gift for someone who really admires science or someone with a high functioning anxious mind.

All of our displays and sculptures are intended for adults 18+ years of age.

PRIME 60mL

The original "ferrofluid in a bottle." The Prime has been updated with a solid Red Oak cap. The cap is hand-sanded, stained, and finally sealed in a protective semi-gloss coating. The display is accompanied by two matching hand-worked Red Oak neodymium magnets. The pair of magnets is conveniently stored by snapping it onto the magnetic nail embedded on top of the cap.

One of the most amusing interactions with ferrofluid is bouncing it back and forth with two magnets.

LEATHER MICROFIBER STRAP

A beautifully hand-worked accessory for your display. But there's more to it than just its rugged good looks. The inside is microfiber-lined for convenient removal of fingerprints. Simply swoop up and down for squeaky clean glass.

All of our displays and sculptures are intended for adults 18+ years of age.

NANO TREE 30mL - 60mL

Made of a solid Red Oak block, drill-pressed and hand-sanded to a silky smooth texture, then double-stained and sealed with a semi-gloss coating. The matching magnetic stylus is also hand-worked from a solid Red Oak dowel, with a drilled cavity to snuggly house the neodymium magnet. Thr high-quality laboratory grade glass chamber is sealed with a custom-made closure to root the Nano Tree trunk in place.

A fascinating characteristic of ferrofluid is its ability to follow the grooves on a magnetized piece of metal. This is the classic "magnetized bolt experiment." It’s incredibly satisfying watching ferrofluid spiraling around the grooves. The passive ferrofluid bud is equally impressive from an aesthetic point of view.

LEATHER MICROFIBER RING

A beautifully hand-worked accessory for your sculpture. But there's more to it than just its rugged good looks. The inside is microfiber-lined for convenient removal of fingerprints. Simply swoop up and down for squeaky clean glass.

All of our displays and sculptures are intended for adults 18+ years of age.

 IMAGES 1-2-3 | ABSOLUTELY INTERESTING

This collection was inspired by the creature-like motion of ferrofluid when diluted with solvents and moved by a magnetic field. They were captured using an Olympus BHM Reflected light research microscope using Neo S Plan objectives with LED lighting.

IMAGES 4-5-6 | INTERFERENCE

This collection was inspired by the oil-like properties of ferrofluid when dried onto smooth surfaces. They were captured using an Olympus BHM Reflected light research microscope using Neo S Plan objectives with LED lighting.

IMAGES 7-8-9 | REFLECTIONS

A collection inspired by the mirror-like reflective properties of ferrofluid. Each one was captured using a Canon DSLR fitted with a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens. 360 degree LED lighting was used in combination with gels, paints and in some cases, flowers. Up to 30 separate photographs were taken at different focal points using a motion control macro rail called StackShot. The final images were created using focus-stacking software to reveal extended depths of fields.

GICLEE CANVAS QUALITY

Printed on an Epson Surecolor printer using UltraChrome GS3 HD inks, gloss-finished on a Breathing Color canvas, stretched on a bar mount. These are museum quality Giclee prints, UV protected and made to last over 100 years without fading.

CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY & HOLOGRAM SYSTEM

Each certificate is made from premium deckle-edged, mold-made paper, authenticated with a Hahnemühle watermark and fluorescent security fibers. A serialized, numbered hologram is added to the front and a second, identically numbered, is applied to the back of the canvas. Security ink is used for The Concept Zero and Linden Gledhill logos, both of which are stamped on the COA before it's inserted into a black envelope. Your certificate's unique serial number is archived and registered online.

Learn more about world-renowned photographer Linden Gledhill in our blog post or visit his website.

Linden Gledhill Official Site : www.lindengledhill.com

All of our displays and sculptures are intended for adults 18+ years of age.

 INTUITION 110mL

For our 10-year anniversary, we decided to honor that inner voice that told us to pursue ferrofluid as a new artistic medium. The "lightbulb moment" is appropriately materialised in physical form. When activated, the sculpture mirrors the fluidity of ideas bouncing back and forth in your mind, some brighter than others.

BASE

The PCB is carefully wired by hand, using lead-free solder. The board is firmly mounted inside the base by screws. A single 9v battery illuminates three powerful LEDs the moment the bulb is placed onto the base and instantaneously shuts off when the bulb is removed. Three solid Red Oak blocks pancaked on top of one another make up the base. The bottom block is configured to swing open for battery replacement.

BULB

The bulb is a 1:1 scale replica of a classic incandescent light bulb. Made of thick glass, complete with a brass-colored cap with treads. A powerful magnet is embedded near the top of the bulb, and functions as a liquid dimmer. Simply lift the ferrofluid to the embedded magnet and the sculpture emanates more light.

MAGNETIC STYLUS

The magnetic stylus is a genuine retro lamp socket packed with neodymium magnets. When not in use, you can safely store the stylus by screwing it on top of the bulb. A smaller second magnet made of Red Oak is included, giving you the ability to bounce ferrofluid back and forth.

LEATHER MICROFIBER STRAP

A beautifully hand-worked accessory for your display. But there's more to it than just its rugged good looks. The inside is microfiber-lined for convenient removal of fingerprints. Simply swoop up and down for squeaky clean glass.

All of our displays and sculptures are intended for adults 18+ years of age.

From the very beginning, we recognized the benefit of keeping manufacturing in-house as much as possible. By reducing dependency on third-party fabricators, and sourcing materials domestically, we maintain control of lead times and quality.

 Check out all the headlines we made over the years by visiting our press section

Risks and challenges

Concept Zero is the original ferrofluid art and design studio. For the past 7+ years, we have been selling ferrofluid displays on the internet. Our experiments with suspension liquid design date back to 2008. We are not new to this in any way. We have made tens of thousands of displays and over 100+ educational exhibits for science centers across the United States. This is also our second Kickstarter. Our first successful campaign was fulfilled within 48 hours of funds clearing.

We go to great lengths to ensure that our products are safe before releasing them to the public. All of our displays and sculptures are created using a non-flammable suspension liquid. When dealing with magnets, liquid, and glass, things can get real messy, real quick. To minimize the chances of an accident our products are for ages 18 or older.

We like to be discreet about the people and companies we assisted. That being said, we can say that we're behind some of the most famous and viral ferrofluid projects in the past decade. From Kickstarter campaigns to television, there's a good chance Concept Zero was involved.

In terms of project status, suppliers of raw materials have already been organized. 100% of the manufacturing, customer service, and shipping fulfillment will be done in-house, in the USA. The biggest challenge we will face is staying on schedule with regard to production. To reduce the chances of missing our manufacturing goals, we have set a limit on the number of units we will offer in certain tiers. If and when the reward tier sells out we will re-release the reward tier with a later ship date. Certain tiers like "Magnified" and the "Collection" tier will not be reintroduced once sold out.

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    MOTION 30mL

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    Our entry-level display showcases the beauty of ferrofluid in a safe, mess-free environment.

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    Made of a solid Red Oak block, drill-pressed and hand-sanded. The high-quality laboratory grade glass chamber is sealed with a custom-made closure to root the Nano Tree trunk in place.

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    Museum quality Giclee prints. The images were captured by world-renowned photographer Linden Gledhill, and are limited to 33 editions per image. The prints are exclusively distributed through Concept Zero. A complimentary Motion 30mL will be included with each canvas.

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    INTUITION 110mL

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    The base is made of 3 solid Red Oak blocks with 3 LEDs powered by a 9v battery. The top of the bulb is embedded with a magnet that functions as a dimmer. The genuine lamp socket serves as a magnetic stylus.

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    THE COLLECTION

    Perfect for gifting or for establishing a decorative theme in a space. By purchasing the entire collection you will enjoy a savings of over $200.

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    • PRIME 60mL
    • NANO TREE 30mL
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