Hey Luca Nate here with the outdoor boys YouTube channel if you guys remember correctly last week we tried to polish a ball of aluminum foil and we had mixed results it went okay well we're trying it again and this time we nailed it welcome to another episode of outdoor boys and if you guys have no idea what.
I'm talking about check out this video from last week there's this trend in Japan of people taking aluminum foil and compressing it and polishing it until you get these super shiny polished balls of aluminum foil it's kind of a neat little challenge so last week I give it a go with me and my boys and this was our result this is three entire rolls a.
Hundred and twenty square feet of aluminum foil now you can see we got it really round really smooth super dense but there's still a lot of wrinkles and textures and there's little bits where the ball is starting to unravel so we're gonna see if we can't do even better additionally a lot of you guys left great comments trying to guess the.
Weight of this ball so let me show you how much it actually weighs two hundred and sixty grams or nine point five ounces it's not super heavy but for aluminum foil it feels pretty chunky a lot of people also wanted to know what would happen if I put a polished aluminum ball in a microwave oven or if I cut it into what it would look like.
Inside so I'm gonna do just that and post the videos here in the near future so please click subscribe so you can check out those videos that are coming out I'm also gonna put a link in the description to those videos and put a link up here to those videos when I posted this original video a lot of you guys love great comments suggesting that.
I should have sanded the ball to get it more polished unfortunately this wasn't possible because of the way I built the ball every time I try to sand it it would just eat a hole in the outer layer of aluminum foil and make it more rough and flappy let me show you what I'm talking about instead of making it smoother it just started flaking off big.
Pieces of aluminum and then making it actually rough if it actually caused all these little flappy parts to pop up and I think that's because of the way I made my first ball so I'm gonna give this another go and see what happens and instead of taking a small ball and adding one layer on top of the other very smoothly I'm going to take a big.
Ball and crinkle it up and see what happens this thing is just kind of like falling apart the more I hit it pretty well compressed it in a ball form but it just keeps wanting to come apart on me it's just I can't polish this I mean it's so loose it'll just come off look at this thing it's an absolute disaster the more.
I hit it the more it just tries to come apart okay I might have lost my cool with that last experiment there so I instead I'm gonna calm down and I'm gonna focus here and instead of just whacking this with the four pound hammer and going nuts I'm gonna try to be a little more gentle first I'm gonna just compress it you wanna help me hit right.
There right there yeah all right nice and round so far we're just gonna keep shrinking it and compacting it hey use the other end but if you want to use the flat end so I've got a flappy bit right here and I'm gonna try something a little crazy I'm gonna bend the flapping bit back like that and see if that helps and then beat that in there well it's.
Going a lot better than it did last time but I'm still having the same problem I had last time big splits whenever I try to really dramatically change the shape of this it just splits on me once it gets this condensed it's really kind of brittle and I can't be monkeying around with the general shape of it much I can knock.
Little ridges off but I can't really mole it much Nathan what did you do with my flattening hammer where is it well I've got two problems folks first my son Nathan has lost my flattening hammer somewhere in these leaves behind me somewhere here I think I don't know and two the more I try to fix these.
Cracks the more they just pop up it's like I'm making them worse I need to start over again and I need to be gentler and I need to be more careful unfortunately I'm out of aluminum foil so I need to make a run to the store alright guys it's another day and I've got another roll of tin foil we're gonna do it we will succeed trampoline.
so this is what I'm gonna do differently instead of squishing it and then trying to form it into a ball which causes cracking I'm going to form it into a ball then slowly compress it maintaining that ball shape the entire time don't hit it with the hammer we're not we're not really hitting it with a hammer much.
This time okay I haven't been beating this with a hammer much I've just been rolling it and compressing it with my hands it's pretty hard it's pretty round but for comparison's sake let me show you this so this was the last ball I did which was also one entire roll of aluminum foil but this one I beat on it quite a bit now to put that in.
Comparison this little ball right here is three entire rolls of aluminum foil there's a lot of pits and grooves in it now to take an enormous amount of sanding and I have to remove a lot of material to get rid of that if I compress it more I should get a smoother surface and it shouldn't be as much sanding I think if I can press it just a.
Little bit more we might be ready for polishing all right so you can see I've made a lot of progress compressing this thing compare it to the last attempt idea at this point I might try sanding it and see what happens I'm gonna do a little experiment I'm gonna pull out my belt sander well it's definitely sanding it.
Unfortunately who went flying and put a you told Edmond so maybe not the best technique well I'm gonna try sanding this thing with my orbital sander it's a little bit gentler than the belt sander so might go a little bit better we'll see better get my respirator on reading aluminum isn't good for you what happens.
As you take the mask off it will be very painful for you so this is uh what it looks like so far and hey hey you've not done sanding it but look at the difference oh I like it look at that guys that looks pretty darn cool well unfortunately though I'm losing all my sunlight and it's time to.
Get the kids down to bed and eat some dinner so I have got to put this up for the day welcome back everybody and it's another beautiful day and we're going to keep standing on this aluminum ball now yesterday I was using the orbital sander to do it and that worked okay but you know what I'm gonna give hand-sanding a try so I'm gonna up the.
Game here - what is this a 180 grit you know what I actually like this better than the herbal Center I think it's actually faster more work but it's faster all right now we're gonna try some 400 grit it's going pretty fast actually this isn't taking too much time because the aluminum so soft well that's what it looks like after the 1500 grit.
Now let's hit it with a 3,000 grit well that's what it looks like after the 3000 grit got some green buffing compound and I've got an electrical drill with the buffing attachment on it there we go people well you can see I got this new one a lot more shiny than the old one it's quite impressive.
Wow oh that is impressive pick it up you can hold it hands are dirty so I don't want to smudge it pretty true as well rolls really well they're trying to a policy a little bit with wet wipes get my dirty fingerprints off of it yeah wow that's a lot Wow look at that baguette.
That is crazy shiny look at my reflection hi there and see me my DSLR here wow that's pretty impressive isn't it it's impressive yeah that is crazy thanks for watching we hope you guys enjoyed this video if you'd like to see more great videos from the outdoor boys YouTube channel don't forget to click.
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