These videos are for educational, scientific and peaceful purposes only.
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.
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.
New Kanthal furnace 2020 2 Testing and running
Uploaded: 4 months ago - Duration: 6:00
New Kanthal furnace 2020 1 construction
Uploaded: 4 months ago - Duration: 7:42
Propane burner test 20201006
Uploaded: 6 months ago - Duration: 5:24
Synthetic ruby first attempt 20200919
Uploaded: 7 months ago - Duration: 1:49
Casting copper birds - 20200909
Uploaded: 7 months ago - Duration: 4:21
KCl + Li metal distillation potassium metal 20200701
Uploaded: 10 months ago - Duration: 4:27
My first isolation of potassium metal using Lithium and KCl whci react at 750°C and the K metal distills off and condenses under mineral oil in beads.
Iron cast 20200626
Uploaded: 10 months ago - Duration: 6:30
Casting of two bird figures, I used four risers, they all filled.
Manganese thermite 20200326
Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 1:54
Brass eighteen cast 20200128
Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 5:29
Cast iron test 20191225
Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 4:30
Stainless steel EAF melt 20191116
Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 6:01
Burner with natural draft NOT WORKING
Uploaded: 1 year ago - Duration: 3:29
KOH + Magnesium attempt
Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 1:49
Attempt to distill potassium metal from a retort containing KOH and Magnesium turnings
TUNGSTEN wire molten under Argon 20190814
Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 4:33
Tungsten wire heated by electric current under air and Argom, in the latter case it melts.
Uploaded: 2 years 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.
Paint can furnace test 20190527
Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 3:39
Test of a 10l paint can furnace lined with Kaowool only intended for cast iron. It reached over 1500°C.
KNO3+Mg slow motion 20190526
Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 2:51
32x slow motion of a flash powder (KNO3 + magnesium powder) reaction with Sony RX100M6 960 fps.
Failed 3rd attempt brass cast 20190331
Uploaded: 2 years 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.
Arc Melting steel in DIY crucible
Uploaded: 2 years ago - Duration: 2:20
Another Stainless steel casting Christmas 20181225
Uploaded: 2 years 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.
Stainless steel melt and pour 20181223
Uploaded: 2 years 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.
EAF test CaC2 20181124
Uploaded: 2 years 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
KClO3 electrolysis 20181013
Uploaded: 3 years 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.
Thermite vs Water 20180930
Uploaded: 3 years 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.
King of Random solar scorcher 20180826
Uploaded: 3 years 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.
Pour copper in water 20180821
Uploaded: 3 years 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.
Kaowool test 1250 C
Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 0:53
Flash powder 20180714
Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 1:27
Successful second fire
Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 3:50
Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 4:22
Thermate with Lithium CR2032 battery
Uploaded: 3 years 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).
Boiling water at 5ºC
Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 1:49
Lithium battery vs Thermite 20180409
Uploaded: 3 years 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.
CaSO4+Al (+flash powder)
Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 0:53
Again CaSO4 + Al powder, but 2g of flash powder wrapped in toilet paper under it in the tube.
CaSO4 + Aluminum in Vacuum 20180327
Uploaded: 3 years 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.
KClO3 + sugar in vacuum 20180323
Uploaded: 3 years 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.
KClO3 + filters
Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 0:46
Paraffin wax with KClO3
Uploaded: 3 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.
Halogen burns out in Argon atmosphere
Uploaded: 3 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.
Copper Cast 20180110
Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 4:02
Casting small copper objects in a larger mold
Steel melt test in ceramic crucible
Uploaded: 3 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
Christmas Copper Cast 20171225
Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 4:40
Casting two copper brooches, melting 300g of copper in a natural gas refractoryless kaowool lines furnace
Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 0:52
HNO3 distillation 20171202
Uploaded: 3 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.
Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 1:18
Pouring Steel after arc melting it when GoPro is mounted on the crucible tongs.
Casting Stainless Steel Grade 420 20171126
Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 7:20
Another arc melting session, now with alloying stainless steel grade 420 (15% chrome) and making a casting (55 grams)
Melting Steel with DC welder - 20171125
Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 6:13
Arc melting steel in a graphite crucible
Two 600W high pressure lamps 20171112
Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 5:30
Making CaC2 using an EAF 20171111
Uploaded: 3 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.
Arc melting making CaC2 carbide 20171105
Uploaded: 3 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.
KNO3 + Magnesium 20171104
Uploaded: 3 years ago - Duration: 2:18
Reaction trial of Potassium Nitrate with magnesium powder in a confined space, such as wrapped in loo paper.