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I do not endorse making any bombs or explosive devices as there is already too much war and violence against people in the world.

Such experiments should be performed with care and necessary safety measures, such as a fire extinguisher, face shield and gloves. They can only be done outdoors or in a well ventilated fume hood. Any inconvenience (e.g. stench, noise or heavy smoke) to others, such as neighbors or pets should be avoided.

This channel lists my videos of experiments with chemistry, isolating attempts of alkali metals, fireworks, arc melting, extreme heat, metal melting and mad science.

YouTube logo I still have a Youtube channel 'mermaidkiller' but I removed all videos from the last few years because of the somewhat weird terms and conditions of Google / Youtube. These videos are all available below.
There are a few nice Youtube chemistry channels who inspired me like The King Of Random (Grant Thompson).

Unfortunately, King of Random deceased on 29 July 2019 at the age of 38 in a paragliding accident leaving behind Queen of Random (wife) and four sons.

Other chemists are Cody's lab from Utah, the Backyard Scientist in Florida and NileRed. There is also a nice channel Periodic Table of Videos featuring professor Martyn Poliakoff of Nottingham Univerity and the nice characters Neil, Brady et al of his team performing the experiments.
There is also a nice channel RODALCO2007 whom I actually visited in February 2017 on location, which is more for electricity and high vooltage experiments, blowing up washing machines, TV's, capacitors and batteries which is actually an Electronics Destruction and Torture Lab.

For filming the experiments I use the already dated Canon Powershot S100 until March 2018, which deceased and I replaced by a Canon Powershot G7XMkII . And sometimes I use a Canon EOS 6 DSLR with 70-300L telephoto zoom lens, and a GoPro Hero 5 camera for 240fps slow motion viewing and ultra wide angle viewing. The Canon 6D also allows 60fps at 720p which can be slowed down to 10fps. The advantage is the much larger sensor, resulting in low noise. Unfortunately I don't have real high speed cameras like BackyardScientist does. Movie editing us usually done with iMovie on macOS which is a simple but effective package for this purpose.



  • playTUNGSTEN wire molten under Argon 20190814

    Uploaded: 1 month ago - Duration: 4:33

  • playFireworks-30x-slower

    Uploaded: 3 months ago - Duration: 5:44

    A fireworks bloom lasting 8 seconds filmed with a Canon G7Xii and slowed down and filmed with a Sony RX100M6 in 960fps HFR.
  • playPaint can furnace test 20190527

    Uploaded: 4 months ago - Duration: 3:39

    Test of a 10l paint can furnace lined with Kaowool only intended for cast iron. It reached over 1500°C.
  • playKNO3+Mg slow motion 20190526

    Uploaded: 4 months ago - Duration: 2:51

    32x slow motion of a flash powder (KNO3 + magnesium powder) reaction with Sony RX100M6 960 fps.
  • playFailed 3rd attempt brass cast 20190331

    Uploaded: 6 months ago - Duration: 5:07

    Three times attempting to make a brass casting of two bowls, but in all cases the casting did not complete. I am wondering why the metal does not fill the entire mold.
  • playArc Melting steel in DIY crucible

    Uploaded: 9 months ago - Duration: 2:20

  • playAnother Stainless steel casting Christmas 20181225

    Uploaded: 9 months ago - Duration: 2:56

    Another stainless steel casting made of the same small 'Christ on the Cross' casting. But I had to melt it two times, because at the first pour the crucible fell out of the handle, spilling the liquid steel. But after the second melt it made a successful casting.
  • playStainless steel melt and pour 20181223

    Uploaded: 9 months ago - Duration: 2:43

    Stainless steel molten by electric arc from a DC welder in a graphite crucible as anode,holding a carbon rod in it as cathode. During the pouring I attached a GoPro Hero 7 to the handlebar with the crucible.
  • playEAF test CaC2 20181124

    Uploaded: 10 months ago - Duration: 3:32

    Mixing charcoal with CaO powder and heating it in an electric arc to over >2200°C in which carbide is formed. The resulting calcium carbide CaC2 is thrown into water and releases Acetylene C2C2
  • playKClO3 electrolysis 20181013

    Uploaded: 11 months ago - Duration: 5:16

    Making Potassium Chlorate by electrolyzing Diet Salt (67% KCl) using an MMO anode Here a video I took in Oct 2018 with a timelapse of the filtering of the solution.
  • playThermite vs Water 20180930

    Uploaded: 12 months ago - Duration: 7:36

    Thermite reaction above a jar filled with water, resulting dripping the liquid iron into the water. However, the heat breaks the glass and the jar is emptied soon. No explosion took place.
  • playKing of Random solar scorcher 20180826

    Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 6:05

    This solar scorcher is made from a Fresnel lens of 30x40cm in a frame work and inspired by King of Random's Mini solar scorcher. I put a few samples of substances in the focal point of the fresnel lens and checked out what happened to them.
  • playPour copper in water 20180821

    Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 5:59

    This experiment is inspired by Tito4re's copper melting experiments one in which he pours copper into water. I did this as well, pouring the 1100 C hot liquid copper into water this and filmed it with three cameras, the Canon Powershot G7Xii, Canon EOS 6 with the 24-105L lens and an immersed GoPro Hero 5 and slow motions are shown at the end.
  • playKaowool test 1250 C

    Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 0:53

  • playFlash powder 20180714

    Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 1:27

  • playSuccessful second fire

    Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 3:50

  • playBarrelfurnace-build

    Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 3:25

  • playThermate with Lithium CR2032 battery

    Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 2:23

    Adding KNO3 + sulfur to the thermite intensifies the temperature and I added a used CR2032 pill battery to it which exploded (lightly).
  • playBoiling water at 5ºC

    Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 1:49

  • playLithium battery vs Thermite 20180409

    Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 7:47

    A 'Goop!' Lithium battery for Canon Powershot which was bulged and therefore unsuitable I incinerated using thermite. After the thermite reaction, the battery vented flammable gases.
  • playCaSO4+Al (+flash powder)

    Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 0:53

    Again CaSO4 + Al powder, but 2g of flash powder wrapped in toilet paper under it in the tube.
  • playCaSO4 + Aluminum in Vacuum 20180327

    Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 3:27

    I mixed some CaSO4 (burnt dead and crushed plasterboard) with Al powder in a 136:72 ratio and I ignited it electrically with an iron wire. First in open air and then in vacuum. It reacted vigorously without sound.
    After the reaction the pressure within the 1 liter jar surged to from almost zero to 0.3 bar (02:04 in video) and when I let air into the jar (02:27, slow motion at 03:06) a small dull explosion occurred with some light.
  • playKClO3 + sugar in vacuum 20180323

    Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 4:28

    Here I ignited potassium chlorate with sugar in an evacuated glass jar. It is an idea of Cody's Lab which he did with black powder. It did react, but slower than in open air.
  • playKClO3 + filters

    Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 0:46

  • playParaffin wax with KClO3

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 2:39

    Lousy reaction of Paraffin (candle wax) with potassium chlorate. The molten wax is not hot enough to activate the oxidizing of the KClO3.
  • playHalogen burns out in Argon atmosphere

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 4:08

    This is a test whether a halogen automobile headlamp bulb with its envelope cut off keeps burning under an open argon atmosphere.
  • playCopper Cast 20180110

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 4:02

    Casting small copper objects in a larger mold
  • playSteel melt test in ceramic crucible

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 2:59

    DC Arc welder 140 amps melting steel in a 'Hessian' crucible, to test whether it takes less carbon than from a graphite crucible
  • playChristmas Copper Cast 20171225

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 4:40

    Casting two copper brooches, melting 300g of copper in a natural gas refractoryless kaowool lines furnace
  • playbrass-pour

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 0:52

  • playHNO3 distillation 20171202

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 6:24

    Another time to distill fuming nitric acid from concentrated H2SO4 (drain cleaner) and KNO3. Now I have used active cooling of the distiller.
  • playSteel pouring

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 1:18

    Pouring Steel after arc melting it when GoPro is mounted on the crucible tongs.
  • playCasting Stainless Steel Grade 420 20171126

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 7:20

    Another arc melting session, now with alloying stainless steel grade 420 (15% chrome) and making a casting (55 grams)
  • playMelting Steel with DC welder - 20171125

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 6:13

    Arc melting steel in a graphite crucible
  • playTwo 600W high pressure lamps 20171112

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 5:30

  • playMaking CaC2 using an EAF 20171111

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 7:28

    Calcium Carbide making with electric arc in a crucible and good result of CaC2 as a reaction with water releases lots of C2H2 gas.
  • playArc melting making CaC2 carbide 20171105

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 6:43

    A retry with a new arc furnace which ran smoothly and really generated some CaC2 after heating charcoal with CaO.
  • playKNO3 + Magnesium 20171104

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 2:18

    Reaction trial of Potassium Nitrate with magnesium powder in a confined space, such as wrapped in loo paper.
  • playTwo Thermites - 20171025

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 5:48

    An idea from Backyard Scientist who tried Fe2O3 (red) iron oxide and Fe3O4 (black) iron oxide. The black one is really faster.
  • playHNO3 from drain cleaner and KNO3

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 5:09

    Impure concentrated sulfuric acid reacts with KNO3 and the fuming nitric acid is distilled.
  • playManganese Thermite 20171015

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 5:46

  • playKClO3 sulfuric acid paper 20171014

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 1:47

    A repeat of an experiment 10 years ago which is very vigorous, should only be repeated in small quantities (< 1 gram), because the unstable HClO3 and ClO2 will be formed.
  • playFailed Phosphorus making attempt 20171008

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 2:45

  • playNatural Gas small furnace test

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 2:17

  • playCaSO4 + Al powder - 20170816

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 4:07

  • playCaSO4 + Al or Mg powder - 20170812

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 4:25

  • playWater on burning Magnesium

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 2:37

  • playBattery and DC welder

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 3:58

  • playPouring copper over zinc

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 4:16

  • playCaSO4 + Al powder 20170708

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 3:48

  • playThermite reaction on three substances-20170702

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 8:33

  • playRefractoryless paint can furnace

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 6:18

  • playThermite over Light bulb

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 4:34

  • playCaSO4 + Al

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 1:06

  • playFlash-powder-KClO3-Al

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 2:25

  • playCopper pour 2017-04-30

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 7:39

  • playMolten copper is not red hot

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 2:02

  • playBrass melting 20170422

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 2:44

  • playUnderwater electric arcs

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 2:21

  • playThermite reaction 120 grams

    Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 2:43

  • playHigh voltage arcs at RODALCO2007's lab

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 4:17

  • playKClO3 making 2017-01-29

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 5:59

  • playKClO3 burning + slow motion

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 3:02

  • playMaking Potassium Chlorate KClO3 20170121

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 11:31

  • playRed fireworks + slow motion

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 3:03

  • playIron Cast 20161203

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 4:29

  • playCopper melt 2016-11-27

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 2:59

  • playCopper melting + timelapse 2016-11-17

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 3:46

  • playCaC2 making 20161109

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 9:29

  • playBoiling copper + slow motion 20161106

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 4:16

  • playCopper melt + slow motion

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 2:32

  • playCopper melt and pour 20161102

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 6:26

  • playCopper melting in a Kanthal furnace

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 8:31

  • playCaSO4 + Aluminum in slow

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 2:45

  • playCaSO4 + Aluminum powder

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 2:57

  • playBoiling Zinc 20160913

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 2:45

  • playMagnesium burning in water

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 2:00

  • playPlaster + Al powder and Zinc

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 3:45

  • playPlaster + Al powder and Al lathings

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 2:46

  • playIron cast 20160814

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 4:11

  • playCopper Thermite CuO + Al 20160702

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 3:54

  • playMelting brass in stainless steel dipper

    Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 4:15

  • playRequiem-for-a-CFL-PAR38-2016-01-30

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 6:13

  • playAluminum + Silica Sand 2015-12-25

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 2:32

  • playFerrosilicon-2015-12-06

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 6:20

  • playIron cast 2015-12-03

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 3:01

  • playBoiling Aluminum 2015-11-21

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 3:27

  • playBoiling Aluminum 2015-11-20

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 2:55

  • playRHNB in water 2015-11-19

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 1:48

  • playCopper cast test 2015-11-17

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 4:46

  • playIron cast 2015-11-08

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 4:14

  • playCopper pour in water 2015-11-04

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 1:42

  • playCaC2 making 2015-11-01

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 4:54

  • playCaC2 making 2015-10-31

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 3:54

  • playCFL with Thermite 20151027

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 4:05

  • playBoiling Aluminum 2015-10-22

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 2:59

  • playCFL with Thermite 20151020

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 3:07

  • playAl powder-KOH+Mg

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 1:53

  • playCaSO4 + Al 2015-09-22

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 0:48

  • playNa2CO3 + carbon test

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 3:22

  • playGallium-melt-20150704

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 0:35

  • playThermite on CFL floodlamp 2015-06-21

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 3:23

  • playthermite-20150601

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 1:14

  • playCaCl2-electrolysis

    Uploaded: 4 years ago - Duration: 1:11

  • playMicrowaving light bulbs and Al turnings

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 7:14

  • playLamp Startup Test

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 11:47

  • playIron cast 2015-01-11

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 6:41

  • playIron cast 2015-01-07

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 6:23

  • playNatural gas furnace 1500 C 2014-12-26

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 3:13

  • playIron-cast-2014-12-02

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 6:34

  • playIron-casting-2014-11-23

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 3:58

  • playIron-Cast-2014-11-08

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 15:10

  • playLighting roaring furnace

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 3:40

  • playRoaring furnace trial 2014-10-26

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 3:57

  • playCopper pour 2014-10-21

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 1:37

  • playFurnace-repair-2014-10-18

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 3:35

  • playEAF Steel melting 2014-10-14

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 1:38

  • playBoron making 2014-09-28

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 5:46

  • playNaOH + Mg 2014-09-21

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 2:48

  • playKOH-Mg

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 0:39

  • playCaSO4-Al-confined

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 0:22

  • playCaO-Mg-2014-09-10

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 4:05

  • playCopper melting test 2014-09-09

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 3:54

  • play1500 degrees furnace-2014-09-07

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 3:42

  • playCaSO4 + Al 2014-09-03

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 1:10

  • playThermite-20140811

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 2:10

  • playThermite-20140810

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 0:46

  • playThermite-20140723

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 0:51

  • playbrassmelt 2014-06-22

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 0:59

  • playThermites

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 1:35

  • playMicrowaving aluminum turnings

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 1:43

  • playBurning and melting galvanized steel wire

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 1:17

  • playHNO3 distillation 2

    Uploaded: 5 years ago - Duration: 3:12

  • playLithium from Energizer

    Uploaded: 6 years ago - Duration: 4:37

  • playCalcium Carbide

    Uploaded: 6 years ago - Duration: 3:46

  • playarcmelt-CaC2

    Uploaded: 6 years ago - Duration: 0:20

  • playElectric Arc making CaC2

    Uploaded: 6 years ago - Duration: 3:25

  • playAcetylene flame from Carbide

    Uploaded: 6 years ago - Duration: 2:22

  • playElectric arc colors

    Uploaded: 6 years ago - Duration: 2:45

  • playCaC2 making 2

    Uploaded: 6 years ago - Duration: 2:29

  • playCalcium Carbide CaC2

    Uploaded: 6 years ago - Duration: 5:48

  • playChlorate-in-woodstove

    Uploaded: 6 years ago - Duration: 0:44

  • playCaSO4+SiO2+Mg

    Uploaded: 6 years ago - Duration: 3:22

  • playSiO2 + Mg

    Uploaded: 6 years ago - Duration: 4:30

  • playSilicon Thermite 2

    Uploaded: 6 years ago - Duration: 3:10

  • playCharcoal+Oxidizers

    Uploaded: 7 years ago - Duration: 1:49

  • playBoiling cold water

    Uploaded: 7 years ago - Duration: 3:22

  • playBenzene from PET and NaOH

    Uploaded: 7 years ago - Duration: 3:27

  • playCFL in Microwave 2

    Uploaded: 7 years ago - Duration: 3:53

  • playCS2-1

    Uploaded: 7 years ago - Duration: 4:29

  • playK2CO3 C

    Uploaded: 7 years ago - Duration: 1:54

  • playNa2CO3 C

    Uploaded: 7 years ago - Duration: 1:43

  • playBromine making 2

    Uploaded: 7 years ago - Duration: 4:18

  • playBurner test

    Uploaded: 7 years ago - Duration: 4:12

  • playiron casting 2nd attempt

    Uploaded: 7 years ago - Duration: 8:28

  • playCFL in Microwave

    Uploaded: 7 years ago - Duration: 1:25

  • playArc melt spectra

    Uploaded: 7 years ago - Duration: 2:00

  • playMgO melting

    Uploaded: 7 years ago - Duration: 2:26

  • playFumigating Vila Shanti

    Uploaded: 8 years ago - Duration: 2:37

  • playcollecting Na

    Uploaded: 8 years ago - Duration: 1:42

  • playKNO3+charcoal

    Uploaded: 8 years ago - Duration: 1:37

  • playCandies+KNO3

    Uploaded: 8 years ago - Duration: 5:09

  • playBoiling Al Cu

    Uploaded: 8 years ago - Duration: 4:46

  • playkanthal

    Uploaded: 8 years ago - Duration: 3:38

  • playmatch

    Uploaded: 8 years ago - Duration: 1:37

  • playKNO3+Al salts

    Uploaded: 8 years ago - Duration: 3:12

  • playLi2CO3+Mg-1

    Uploaded: 8 years ago - Duration: 3:09

  • playAnother try of iron casting

    Uploaded: 8 years ago - Duration: 4:08

  • play600W metal halide lamp

    Uploaded: 9 years ago - Duration: 1:54

    Venture 600W metal halide lamp startup
  • playHeating aluminum and copper to boiling(360p H.264-AAC)

    Uploaded: 9 years ago - Duration: 3:17

  • playArc melting of steel

    Uploaded: 9 years ago - Duration: 4:54

  • playroaringfurnace

    Uploaded: 9 years ago - Duration: 2:33

  • playCaCl2 electrolysis medium

    Uploaded: 10 years ago - Duration: 6:12

  • playKClO3 sulfuric acid paper 20070118

    Uploaded: 13 years ago - Duration: 0:58


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