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As 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

Solid Copper Rescue Tool


#9

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


#6

New Alloy Becomes Magnetic on Heating


#5

Argentium Silver


#4

Single Crystal Superalloys


#3

How-To: Work with Shape-Memory Alloy


#2

9 Volt Battery and Coca-Cola Titanium Anodizer


#1

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 write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


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