Aluminum Can Smelt

Google “Ant Bed Aluminum Art” and you’ll see the reason for this project…along with the 1) Science & Coolness 2) Something fun to do while drinking beer 3) Aluminum recycling reasons and stuff.

Step-by-step instructions are included in the image captions within the gallery below – Click on any picture to load.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bag of play sand
  • Bag of plaster of Paris.
  • 10 quart steel bucket
  • Two 5 gallon buckets
  • Cooking spray
  • 1″ Paddle drill bit or hole saw
  • 1″ x 12″ iron pipe (nipple)
  • 2.5 quart plastic bucket can be used for measuring the ingredients,
  • 2.5 quart plastic bucket – that will be destroyed
  • Propane tank – Crucible
  • 2 x 4″ U-bolts
  • charcoal
  • Squirrel fan (or similar) – Mine came from an old bathroom vent I took apart. A cheapy leaf blower or fan might also work

Here’s the live action video!

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