How do you create electrostatic charge?

Electrostatic charge is caused by the transference of electrons from one atom to another. The electrons that the atom loses are valence electrons. Losing electrons causes an atom to be positively charged while gaining elextrons makes it negatively charged. Electrons are transferred between atoms when one or more atoms come into contact with each other, thus allowing electrons to nonchalantly pass through the walls of the two atoms.

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