See What Happens When Molten Aluminum Meets Water Beads

Andrew LaSane

YouTuber TheBackyardScientist has a passion for weird (and potentially dangerous) experiments, and his 393,000+ subscribers love him for it. From pitting red-hot liquid metal against household appliances and seasonal vegetables, to making Mario-inspired fireballs, his channel is filled with videos that warrant a "don't try this at home" disclaimer. In a recent experiment, the scientist decided to see what would happen if he mixed molten aluminum with highly absorbent water polymer beads in a fishtank.

The melting point of aluminum is around 1200°F, which is hot enough to do serious damage to human skin (140-degree water is hot enough to cause third-degree burns in three seconds). Armed with only a face mask for protection and acrylic sheets to keep the aluminum away from the glass walls of the tank, TheBackyardScientist began to pour the shiny liquid metal in, noting that "because of the way the aluminum snakes through these water beads, it guarantees no two will ever be the same."

Watch the video above to see the results, and subscribe to TheBackyardScientist for more unorthodox experiments.