Neato: Pouring Molten Aluminum Into An Aquarium Full Of Water Beads

December 17, 2015


This is a video from the Backyard Scientist demonstrating the shapes made when you pour molten aluminum into an aquarium full of water polymer beads. You know, in case you were considering pouring molten aluminum into an aquarium full of water polymer beads but didn't want to wast your time if it's not going to turn out very cool looking. Thankfully, the results are pretty cool looking. They kind of remind me of coral and octopus tentacles. Speaking of octopus tentacles -- have you ever actually felt an octopuses sucker on you before? I have. Back me up, Ursula! "He's lousy in bed." YOU STOLE MY PENIS.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Nate H, who is going to start pouring molten aluminum in aquariums filled with all sorts of different things then buy a booth at all the local craft fairs and make a killing.

  • I so must do this now...

  • MustacheHam

    He should sell these, I'd buy one. 8D

  • Balz.

  • Jim Beadman

    I wonder how much those beads cost / if this could be a viable business?

  • ZerglingPack

    I'm going to say no, that little tiny bag he holds up at the 24 second mark costs $8.99 without shipping of course.

  • MrJamsterJ

    Actually, it's $0.30 per 100 pieces if you know where to look ;)...

    Lets say that's 1000 beads in the tank, that's $3

    Add the cost for about 3lbs of aluminium at around $1 per pound? doubt you need 3lbs, but for argument's sake... It might be a successful business... That is... If you can get them sold for around $15 a piece...

  • Jenness

    That's what I thought, these are actually really cool and pretty.

  • Finally, a post that isn't about Star Wars.

  • Aluminium.

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