skillbuilder metal 158x158 Top 10: Marvelous MetalsAs promised, here’s a tasting menu featuring some of my favorite metallurgical content from our archives, arranged as usual, in mysteriously-appealing (and entirely arbitrary) top-ten format. Narrowing it down to just ten involved some hard choices; this subject is rich, and we’ve covered it a lot. A second round-up, perhaps at the close of the month, may be in order. In the meantime, I’ve got a lot of cool stuff on my to-blog list, and it’s growing fast as your suggestions roll in. Thanks to everyone who’s already chimed in, and please do keep ‘em coming. Metals month, though abbreviated, is shaping up to be a good one.

#10

 Top 10: Marvelous Metals

Solid Copper Rescue Tool


#9

 Top 10: Marvelous Metals

Showing Off Aluminum’s Natural Reactivity with Gallium Alloy


#8

Mercury “Beating Heart” Works With Gallium, Too


#7

Gallium Spoon Makes for Fun Teatime Prank


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 Top 10: Marvelous Metals

New Alloy Becomes Magnetic on Heating


#5

 Top 10: Marvelous Metals

Argentium Silver


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 Top 10: Marvelous Metals

Single Crystal Superalloys


#3

How-To: Work with Shape-Memory Alloy


#2

 Top 10: Marvelous Metals

9 Volt Battery and Coca-Cola Titanium Anodizer


#1

 Top 10: Marvelous Metals

Metals That Can Be Molded Like Plastics

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


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