Although the buzz surrounding aluminum in the past week has been more or less dedicated to Apple’s decision to use their heavier (and more dense) 7000-series grade versus their previous (and lighter) 6000-series grade in their new iPhone 6S models to prevent another Bendgate, one curious craftsman had an aluminum experiment of his own brewing in his own backyard.

YouTuber TheBackyardScientist – whose videos consist of everything from casting weapons to “creating burning things” – is known for scratching curiosities that most people didn’t even know they had.

“Most everything I do would be considered dangerous in some some way, but I have been doing this stuff my whole life,” he explains. “I have experienced burns, cuts, temporary hearing loss, shocks etc etc.. But with each mishap I have learned something the most important way, by experience.”

For his most recent video, TheBackyardScientist took to one of his favorite mediums – molten aluminum – to see what kind of form would come from the center cavity of melons:

“Pouring molten aluminum in a watermelon turned out to be really popular, So I poured aluminum in two more melons, honeydew and cantaloupe. It turned out really cool, giving a perfect cast of the inside of a melon. It looked just like a hand grenade!”

By “popular”, TheBackyardScientist is referring to nearly 20 million (!!) views:

…kids, don’t try this at home.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.