RIZE

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RIZE encapsulates NASA-invented, prototype rocket fuel into a handmade Ferrofluid desk toy that is mesmerizing to watch. When the Ferrofluid inside the sculpture comes in contact with magnetic fields, it creates a hypnotic visual display that is equal parts eye-catching and calming to watch. The Ferrofluid inside was invented by NASA in the mid-1900s as a new type of rocket fuel that can be pulled into a spacecraft in zero gravity by using just magnets. The same principal is in action here. When you place the sculpture on its magnetic base, the fluid rises up, spins, spikes, and creates surreal patterns and textures. Watching the fluid is unlike anything we’ve seen, and there’s a meditative quality to it, too, that makes this piece truly out of this world.

RIZE

Spinning Ferrofluid Display

Be Amazed

RIZE encapsulates NASA-invented, prototype rocket fuel into a handmade Ferrofluid desk toy that is mesmerizing to watch. When the Ferrofluid inside the sculpture comes in contact with magnetic fields, it creates a hypnotic visual display that is equal parts eye-catching and calming to watch. The Ferrofluid inside was invented by NASA in the mid-1900s as a new type of rocket fuel that can be pulled into a spacecraft in zero gravity by using just magnets. The same principal is in action here. When you place the sculpture on its magnetic base, the fluid rises up, spins, spikes, and creates surreal patterns and textures. Watching the fluid is unlike anything we’ve seen, and there’s a meditative quality to it, too, that makes this piece truly out of this world.
RIZE
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Quick Questions

Are the contents inside toxic?

No, they are non-toxic.

Is this a good toy for kids?

No, it is recommended for those 16+ due to the glass construction and use of strong magnets.

What exactly is ferrofluid and does it have any other commercial uses?

Ferrofluid is a liquid that becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field. The ferrofluids from Ferrotec use jet fuel (refined kerosene) as the carrier fluid and Oleic acid as the surfactant, along with nano scale magnetite particles. It was invented in 1963 by NASA's Steve Papell as a liquid rocket fuel that could be drawn toward a pump inlet in a weightless environment by applying a magnetic field. It didn't take off for that use but is used nowadays in many commercial uses, from liquid bearings in hard drives, to voice coils in speakers, to magnetic adjustable shocks in new cars.

Where does the ferrofluid come from or how is it created?

This ferrofluid is from Ferrotec, who have been synthesizing it since 1968 and are the real pioneers in creating the highest quality ferrofluid. There are many different types and brands but theirs is the highest quality and worth the price. The creation process is proprietary but it involves synthesizing magnetite and then coating each particle with a surfactant (Oleic acid) and then evenly dispersing in a carrier fluid (jet fuel).

What makes RIZE expensive, is it the fluid or the manufacture or both?

The ferrofluid type used is expensive ($2000 per gallon) because it's highly labor intensive to create, proprietary, and created in low volumes for specialty purposes. We hand make each RIZE here at our studio from high quality parts (solid aluminum, stainless steel, and glass) and each one takes about 4 hours to make. The large magnet attached to the hand machined base is almost $10 by itself and can lift 25 pounds (this isn't a refrigerator magnet!). Even the hand machined stainless steel base is a work of art which is hand polished and looks amazing by itself.

Are the chemicals dangerous?

While the chemicals in RIZE are non-flammable and non-toxic, they should not be consumed or drunk. The bottle should never be opened, and if it is broken (which is unlikely because it's very strong), immediately clean up the spill using dish soap and water. Ferrofluid will stain anything it touches very badly.

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RIZE

Spinning Ferrofluid Display

Be Amazed

RIZE encapsulates NASA-invented, prototype rocket fuel into a handmade Ferrofluid desk toy that is mesmerizing to watch. When the Ferrofluid inside the sculpture comes in contact with magnetic fields, it creates a hypnotic visual display that is equal parts eye-catching and calming to watch.

The Ferrofluid inside was invented by
NASA in the mid-1900s as a new type of rocket fuel that can be pulled into a spacecraft in zero gravity by using just magnets. The same principal is in action here. When you place the sculpture on its magnetic base, the fluid rises up, spins, spikes, and creates surreal patterns and textures.

Watching the fluid is unlike anything we’ve seen, and there’s a meditative quality to it, too, that makes this piece truly out of this world.
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Quick Questions

Are the contents inside toxic?

No, they are non-toxic.

Is this a good toy for kids?

No, it is recommended for those 16+ due to the glass construction and use of strong magnets.

What exactly is ferrofluid and does it have any other commercial uses?

Ferrofluid is a liquid that becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field. The ferrofluids from Ferrotec use jet fuel (refined kerosene) as the carrier fluid and Oleic acid as the surfactant, along with nano scale magnetite particles. It was invented in 1963 by NASA's Steve Papell as a liquid rocket fuel that could be drawn toward a pump inlet in a weightless environment by applying a magnetic field. It didn't take off for that use but is used nowadays in many commercial uses, from liquid bearings in hard drives, to voice coils in speakers, to magnetic adjustable shocks in new cars.

Where does the ferrofluid come from or how is it created?

This ferrofluid is from Ferrotec, who have been synthesizing it since 1968 and are the real pioneers in creating the highest quality ferrofluid. There are many different types and brands but theirs is the highest quality and worth the price. The creation process is proprietary but it involves synthesizing magnetite and then coating each particle with a surfactant (Oleic acid) and then evenly dispersing in a carrier fluid (jet fuel).

What makes RIZE expensive, is it the fluid or the manufacture or both?

The ferrofluid type used is expensive ($2000 per gallon) because it's highly labor intensive to create, proprietary, and created in low volumes for specialty purposes. We hand make each RIZE here at our studio from high quality parts (solid aluminum, stainless steel, and glass) and each one takes about 4 hours to make. The large magnet attached to the hand machined base is almost $10 by itself and can lift 25 pounds (this isn't a refrigerator magnet!). Even the hand machined stainless steel base is a work of art which is hand polished and looks amazing by itself.

Are the chemicals dangerous?

While the chemicals in RIZE are non-flammable and non-toxic, they should not be consumed or drunk. The bottle should never be opened, and if it is broken (which is unlikely because it's very strong), immediately clean up the spill using dish soap and water. Ferrofluid will stain anything it touches very badly.

Learn more about the product

Spinning Ferrofluid Desk Display see details