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Watch how to make a plasma ball out of a light bulb

Using a hand-held Tesla Coil and a light bulb, YouTube star CrazyRussianHacker shows how easy and fun it is to make your own DIY plasma ball.

If you've ever had aspirations to become a mad scientist, or just look like one, you not only need an impressive lab, but also fun and interesting gadgets to display. One such scientific-looking artifact is a plasma globe.

These illuminated spheres use various noble gases with a high-voltage electrode to create beams of colored light that dance along the inside of the glass dome.

While the first plasma lamp was invented by Nikola Tesla in 1892, inventor Bill Parker created the modern day plasma lamp design in 1971. They became a trendy collectible during the 1980s.

While plasma lamps can be bought in most novelty and science education stores today, there's something even more exciting about making your own version using simple materials.

"It's a weird, tingly feeling, but I like it," CrazyRussianHacker said in the video as he touches the bulb when electricity is zapped through it.

Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

On June 4, YouTube user CrazyRussianHacker posted a video showing viewers how to turn a light bulb into a cool plasma ball.

Using a hand-held high voltage Tesla Coil, CrazyRussianHacker shows off the colored light of electricity that occurs when he zaps a pair of metal pliers.

"I wouldn't let kids play with that," he said in the video. "But look how beautiful it is."

He then screws in a standard light bulb into a lighting attachment, which he then plugs into the hand-held Tesla Coil. He even tries to touch it when it's on and gets shocked in the process.

While this kind of experiment might not be that groundbreaking or new, the constant excited commentary from CrazyRussianHacker, who can't help but geek out over his experiment, makes this video so much fun to watch.

The video has already gone viral earning over 1.5 million views and climbing, which isn't too surprising considering CrazyRussianHacker has 7.6 million subscribers who watch his YouTube channel.