How to make a shiny ball out of aluminum foil


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/03/how-to-make-a-shiny-ball-out-o.html


#2

Note, this process does NOT start with three minutes in the microwave at full power!


#3

This guy got a little carried away with his…


#4

He is, however, safe from the orbital mind-control lasers :space_invader:


#5

Oh, I thought it was going to be this:

Microwaved this foil ball for 3 minutes and this was the result

(I see @davide405 already got there.)


#6

it does look cool, but when you’re done… THEN what? just look at it? start on a second one?


#7

I threw mine at the moon.


#8

You move on from aluminium to beryllium and make your own atomic clock.


#9

Put it in one of these. Tell your friends it’s depleted uranium.


#10

It’s all about the journey, man.


#11

You make enough to play boules at the village court,or fire them from your cannon. :grinning:

As I watched the video I thought of a bunch of ways to speed up the process using old school metalworking hand tools - but purists might think it was cheating. Being in Japan, I was thinking you could use some kind of non-foil nucleus, like the mother of pearl beads at the center of cultured pearls. Maybe a golf ball.


#12

So this looks like fun. Is very finely ground aluminum a safe substance to have, like, sprinkled over your kitchen counters?

Update: probably not a hazard unless you’re snorting it


#13

Flatten it out and make a knife, obviously :slight_smile:


#14

Aluminum dust is a very serious explosion hazard. Be careful.

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ipcsneng/neng0988.html


#15

No no … you make a [woo]katana[/woo]


#16

No no no no NO!

Petanque is a serious sport, and you can’t use non-standard boules for it. Aside, aluminium is probably the fourth shittiest metal to use for a boule.


#17

I’ve always been taken by the idea of working on dorodango, but I’ve been put off by being lazy, impatient and a monumental klutz. This metal version seems even cooler, but no more likely for me to actually do…

Also, that guy sure has a lot of grills in his back garden.


#18

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#19

I’ll leave sandpapering and polishing beryllium to somebody else. Ideally a robot in a sealed compartment with copious dust controls and excellent filtration.


#20

Ach, you’re no fun anymore.