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Arrange 6 strands of mylar together and tie them together in a knot at one end.Tie them together again about 6 inches (15cm) from the first knot.Cut the loose mylar strands off just above each knotCharge the PVC pipe by rubbing it back and forth through your hair for 10 seconds.Hold the mylar orb (by the knot) above the charged pipe and let it drop and touch the pipe.It should repel away and start floating. If the tinsel keeps sticking to the pipe, the tinsel is probably not thin enough and you will need to try another kind of tinsel .
If it is much wider than that, the orb may be too heavy to levitateA pair of clean, dry hair scissors
1 inch (2.5 cm) wide PVC Pipe about 24 inches Mylar tinsel for Christmas trees. There are many types of tinsel The tinsel used in the video is about 1 millimeter wide.
This phenomenon is all about static charges. The orb is attracted to the pipe at first because the orb has a positive charge. As soon as the orb touches the pipe, it picks up a negative charge. Since the pipe is negative and the tinsel orb has also become negative, they are repelled away from each other and the orb levitates! The orb also takes on a “ball” shape when charge, as all of the tinsel strands are repelled away from each other. This is because most objects (including you) have a positive charge.