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Old 24-01-2013, 21:18   #1
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Weird, Psychedelic Resin - Am Sober!

Having noticed the phenomenon a few times in the past I dismissed it as my overactive imagination. Last night, though, it happened again and I knew it wasn't a fluke this time. Here is what I saw:

Had an 8oz mixing cup with some thickened West System epoxy that had cured completely. So, in total darkness, I grabbed the cup, squeezed it and broke some of the stiff epoxy left over on the sides. Then, it happened: a small, light blue flame shot out. Did it again and every time the hardened epoxy cracked, small blue lights would shoot out inside the cup!

I remembered it had happened in the past so that convinced me to not jump in the water and swim for shore...

Can anyone offer a suggestion/clarification of this almost supernatural occurence? So that in case it happens to anyone else ,they will not panic??

Minaret, are you out there?
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Old 24-01-2013, 21:45   #2
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Static electricity?
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Old 24-01-2013, 22:03   #3
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I setup a dark room in the head of my last boat, and in there, would almost always see that effect when peeling the tape off of the medium format rolls of film. I don't know what causes it, but have also seen it when changing a diaper at night, when you peel the tape off of the plastic.

My undergraduate physics thesis was on single bubble sonoluminescence -- which is interesting because there are exotic explanations for it (zero point energy, and etc). I like seeing, first hand, unexpected details in reality. So it would be fun if the epoxy/tape effect is also caused by a usually invisible (to our senses) detail in fundamental forces.
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Having noticed the phenomenon a few times in the past I dismissed it as my overactive imagination. Last night, though, it happened again and I knew it wasn't a fluke this time. Here is what I saw:

Had an 8oz mixing cup with some thickened West System epoxy that had cured completely. So, in total darkness, I grabbed the cup, squeezed it and broke some of the stiff epoxy left over on the sides. Then, it happened: a small, light blue flame shot out. Did it again and every time the hardened epoxy cracked, small blue lights would shoot out inside the cup!

I remembered it had happened in the past so that convinced me to not jump in the water and swim for shore...

Can anyone offer a suggestion/clarification of this almost supernatural occurence? So that in case it happens to anyone else ,they will not panic??

Minaret, are you out there?

Are you sure about the sober part? LOL! Never noticed that one before, and I've certainly handled lots of resin in the dark. I think msponer is probably on it. Static? Something else? I've gotten static shocks peeling off resin from plastic before.
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Have seen this before when ripping off peel ply in a darkened area.
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Have you ever heard of Orgone generators or Orgonite? often made with epoxy... if your not familiar please google it, it will blow your mind. I know what you saw, pure orgone energy. There is much more to this but researching the work of Wilhelm Reich and more recently Don Croft will send you down the rabbit hole with gusto! congrats!
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blue flash at .36. this is in a vacuum environment.. you must have some good juju!
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Triboluminescence?

Triboluminescence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Had fun testing this as a kid, hammering life savers and peppermints in the dark, then ending up with a mouthful of candy fragments while trying to spit out such a big word..
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Piezoelectricity
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I think it's something to do with Jesus...........
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What you saw is not a flame at all, it is a normal static discharge. Perfectly normal with the tapes used with commercial film stocks.

The blue flame in the epoxy...question is, was it a FLAME or a static discharge? I'd guess it could be a flame from gasses trapped in the hardened material, much the same way that methane in swamps causes "swamp fire".
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are you related to tim leary??

i will have to try this--sounds like fun.
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Had an 8oz mixing cup with some thickened West System epoxy that had cured completely. So, in total darkness, I grabbed the cup, squeezed it and broke some of the stiff epoxy left over on the sides. Then, it happened: a small, light blue flame shot out. Did it again and every time the hardened epoxy cracked, small blue lights would shoot out inside the cup!
What brand of cup are you using. Some of us would like to experience the phenomenon too!
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