Casting an Aluminum Skillet from Molten Metal Is Totally Worth It

I’m not sure which is my favorite part in the making of this cast aluminum skillet. Is it the tight packing of the foundry sand around the original cast iron skillet? Is it the careful pour of the molten aluminum into the mold? Is it when the excess metal is sawed off? Is it the sanding to finish it off? Or maybe it’s…

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What Happens When You Pour Molten Aluminum onto Liquid Nitrogen and Dry Ice?

Take the burning hot that is molten aluminum and mix it with the very cold that is liquid nitrogen and dry ice and you get an awesome as hell experiment that breaks science. Or something like that. Whatever it is, it’s very, very cool because you get to see the extreme reaction create giant bubbles in the aluminum…

Here's the cool thing that happens when you pour molten aluminum inside polymer water balls

The Backyard Scientist filled a tank to the brim with water balls, which are little polymer beads that expand to slimy squishy balls when soaked in water, and then poured in molten aluminum to create some wild designs. It’s cool because with all the different ways the molten aluminum can move within a vat filled with…

Pouring molten aluminum into different melons casts a bad ass hand grenade

When you mix molten aluminum with a watermelon, you get something truly awesome. So what about other melons? Here the Backyard Scientist tries pouring molten aluminum into honey dew and cantaloupes to see what happens. Cantaloupes don’t really offer much but honey dews capture the liquid metal and turn it into a hand…

Magic fabric doesn't catch fire after being doused with molten aluminum

The molten aluminum being poured out onto the thin black fabric is bubbling at a scorching 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. That's hot. And yet, for all the heat and fire and flame power, the magic fabric easily withstands the burning liquid metal. The fabric doesn't catch fire, it doesn't get burned through and there's not a…

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