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Funny melted blob.
An example of the element Vanadium

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Funny melted blob.
This is what happens when I get trigger happy on the vacuum arc. I had previously been melting some rhenium in the chamber, so the current was set way up- I took some vanadium 3N raw material to try and melt it into a nice circular button-so much for that. As you can see, the top melted very quickly and poured down the sides, creating an interesting effect. Since vanadium has such a high melting point, the amount of energy released by light emission caused the piece to solidify almost instantly after I cut the arc, resulting in the flow patterns of the molten metal being frozen on the surface.
Source: Ethan Currens
Contributor: Ethan Currens
Acquired: 30 April, 2008
Text Updated: 30 April, 2008
Price: Anonymous
Size: 1"
Purity: 99.9%
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