Negative-Spider Phase (Album 2)
All ot the patterns on these pages were made by some form of interaction between my finger and a CRT monitor. Some of those interactions were recognizable arcs while others were electrostatic attraction of material to a location where a discharge occured.

The power of the monitor was on in some instances and off in others but in every case my finger was brought into close proximity with the surface usually with a right angle approach with reference to a horizonally oriented monitor screen. In some images you can see that lateral motion was the objective.

The material on the surface is fiberglass powder over the top of field dust. I would turn off the monitor for a moment and then turn it back on and attempt a discharge or a series of discharges until not interaction occured between my finger and the monitor.

This last detail has some complexities to it. After a discharge pulled material off the screen to my finger it would then redeposite from my finger to the screen to make a pattern different then that made in the initial interaction.
faint spider_302s65 "Go to Larger Image" Negative spider in deeper material
You can see the various depths that the streamers will penetrate to clean material away but this is just half of the discharge process. Material has the potential to be deposited back to the streamer paths and if that happens it will be piled tightly along the center of the path.
Negative/positive spider
Faint spider in center of image.
Here is a spider that is partly negative and also has developed a positive aspect. You are seeing a transitional period in the actual discharge yet some additional post discharge deposition may occur. The positive aspect (in this case) most likely formed during the pullaway phase.
The material was very thin so this spider is tough to see. Click on the image to go to a larger version.

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