How to Make a Cymatics Vortex Inside a Wine Glass

by Jodina Meehan on March 14, 2009

The other night I wanted to do a quick Cymatics experiment at my house, as I didn’t have time to go to my studio that day. I came up with a cool cymatics effect using only a wine glass, some water, some food coloring, and some salt.

I ended up creating a blue vortex inside the wine glass – very beautiful, and very simple to do.

Here’s how to do it yourself:

1. Get a wine glass, some food color (darker colors like red or blue work best) some salt.

2. Fill the wine glass with water about 2/3 full.

3. Sprinkle some salt into the bottom of the wineglass (about 1/4 tsp).

4. Drop about 5 drops of food coloring right into the center of the water. (Don’t disturb the glass or stir).

5. Holding the stem of the wineglass, with it sitting firmly on the table, wet your finger and run it continuously around the rim of the wineglass (you’ve probably done this before or seen it done) until the glass is ’singing.’ Keep doing this – going around in a circle in the SAME direction.

6. Watch the ‘vortex’ form inside the glass! You will also see, if you observe closely, some cymatics patterns radiating inward from the sides of the glass, on the surface of the water.

Note: I am not sure exactly why the salt makes this work better, from my observation it draws and weights the color toward the bottom of the glass, anchoring it in the center there, so that it makes a better vortex in the middle than if you didn’t have salt in the glass.

Pretty cool…

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Brian Gawlik May 7, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Cool! I would really love to see a video of this.



C.R. Boretsky February 8, 2017 at 2:51 am

Thank you for your web site. I have been exploring a connection between galactic vortices for many years within the medium of space-time. Yes, harmonics go well beyond music theory. I have concluded that space-time is a high energy/no mass medium through which cymatic vortices form along filaments (harmonic nodes) which resemble a neural network when converted to visible matter. These vortices have the effect of compressing space-time locally, causing the less dense energy waves in space-time to separate into what we term particles of matter. This duality of energy originally was theorized by Hans Jenny in his writings. These particles (shortened waves) have reduced kinetic energy from the surrounding dense energy and thereby posess mass. Once matter is produced in these vortices, linear time is also realized. These same processes exist on a micro scale within visible matter on Earth which produce organic structure and organisms in liquified water. The experiment you posted above demonstrates the true nature of all matter; not only in the sonic mediums of a gas, but also in fluids.



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