Melting Silver - Periodic Table of Videos

  • Published on May 5, 2011
  • Dr Max Whitby - the element collector - melts half a kilogram of silver and casts a solid cylinder of the precious metal.

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Comments • 675

  • Traffic Time
    Traffic Time 9 days ago

    awesome product, but he doesn't seem very bright. there are actual safety gear for working with molten metals. also, did he need to worry about topping it off and spilling it everywhere? guess the appearance of safety is the main thing. and do they really need a sample so large? i assumed the cylinders would be cut into coin-sized samples. seems awfully wasteful, but that is the corporate model, now isn't it.

  • Hylian Assassin
    Hylian Assassin 2 months ago

    I cant be the only person who thinks just making a solid cylinder of any high priced anything to put on display is a severe waste of resources

  • orion khan
    orion khan 3 months ago

    Just how wealthy does one need to be? I’d be happy with much smaller samples...

  • Larry Gall
    Larry Gall 3 months ago

    Great stuff.

  • pleappleappleap
    pleappleappleap 3 months ago

    I think half the fun for me having one of these would be making it myself.

  • Siyuyang Zhang
    Siyuyang Zhang 3 months ago

    Great job! Amazing to see gold and silver to made into these large cylinders! Besides gold and silver, what other metals, especially precious metals, that have been made into this kind of large cylinders?

  • Jerry C
    Jerry C 3 months ago

    You could get that silver for about $514 at today's prices.

  • Bocbin
    Bocbin 5 months ago

    Remember the time when £1 was $1.65

  • Philip Dunne
    Philip Dunne 6 months ago

    I would love to ask if they have two types the gold cylinder available in their displays, one of pure gold, and one with a lesser metal core surrounded by a decent amount of gold which is much cheaper. I would also like to know what purity of gold they use.

    BANE KITTY 6 months ago

    These cats doing risk assessments and donning great to melt metal.....
    Average youtube wannabe in shorts, sandals and using furnace made of trash.

  • wag man
    wag man 9 months ago

    1:42 did he just pocket that chunk of gold?

  • Dafydd Rees-Jones
    Dafydd Rees-Jones 9 months ago +1

    I'm getting one of these periodic tables for my house

  • FanGames YT
    FanGames YT Year ago

    Looks like plutonium

  • Dhiraj Kumar
    Dhiraj Kumar Year ago


  • calangel
    calangel Year ago +1

    Notice how that silver cylinder didn't have any tarnish or anything on it? Pure silver does not tarnish readily with anything other than hypochlorite, ozone, and sulfides. It also does not combine with oxygen at any temperature whatsoever. The characteristic dark color most Jewelers see comes from the 7.5% copper added to it.

  • Nate Smith
    Nate Smith Year ago

    What would Alf do in this situation..seriously.

  • Munjee Syed
    Munjee Syed Year ago

    I hope he makes a table that has one mole of each each element

  • TheManLab7
    TheManLab7 Year ago

    Just imagine how much precious metal chips are laying around the workshop

  • spacepigsscene
    spacepigsscene Year ago

    I like how he's so very careful with the silver cylinder before casually denting it by accident with the graphite at 4:02

  • The Crude Lab
    The Crude Lab Year ago

    i collect elements too D: but only got like 10 or so so far planned it'll be uploaded to my channel if i make any

  • Smart English
    Smart English Year ago

    You truly realise this must be a true British movie when he comes up with the risk assessment xD
    Only in Great Britain, where even tiny risks can be made great again!

  • Zzyzx Zee
    Zzyzx Zee 2 years ago

    Silver,my favorite metal element!

  • User 21
    User 21 2 years ago


  • smart451cab
    smart451cab 2 years ago +1

    A thousand Pounds in 2011, down to 270 only about four years later.
    And yet, before it crashed there were lots of people who were buying under the belief it would continue to soar. Some folks were confidently "forecasting" a peak of 4000 British Pounds per kilo. Some people timed it right and made a tidy profit. Many more folks got soaked.

  • Steve LP
    Steve LP 2 years ago

    This guy massively reminds me of Gale Boetticher from Breaking Bad!

  • Jim's videos
    Jim's videos 2 years ago

    The first thing you must do is invent the universe, but once that's done...

  • Julien Hau
    Julien Hau 2 years ago

    Codyslab :"Well thats cute"

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  • AMCT 101
    AMCT 101 2 years ago

    Max is a great presenter

  • Bob3D2000
    Bob3D2000 2 years ago +1


  • Joshua Rosen
    Joshua Rosen 3 years ago +6

    A motorbike helmet and gardening gloves (I bought an identical pair at my local DIY shop for about £3). I see no expense is spared in ensuring safety is number one priority (to steal the catchphrase of another well-known RUclipr).

  • B H.R.
    B H.R. 3 years ago +4

    I find this guy very charismatic

  • Gregster427
    Gregster427 3 years ago +1

    FYI a large periodic table set would cost £45-75k and a boxed set costs a little under £4,000.

    • MaDeLapHnT
      MaDeLapHnT 3 years ago

      6 grand is almost worth it for sweet literally a dream of mine from childhood

  • SolarWindsRider
    SolarWindsRider 3 years ago +2

    Saw the thumbnail of the video and was like - it began with the forging of the great rings ...

  • Benjamin Lehman
    Benjamin Lehman 3 years ago

    What is their website? I want to know how much a real periodic table would cost. I really want one.

    • I Cant Walk
      I Cant Walk 3 years ago

      I think it is something the guy made for a model, I believe he used live versions of the elements, so I don't think they sell those

    • raumaan kidwai
      raumaan kidwai 3 years ago +2

      The description, maybe?

  • chicoarraes
    chicoarraes 3 years ago

    is there any dross?

    • My3dviews
      My3dviews 2 years ago

      Silver tarnish is not oxide, it is silver sulfide. The tarnish is a result of it reacting with sulphur in the air, not oxygen.

    • ryan abcdefg
      ryan abcdefg 3 years ago +1

      I would think so, since silver will form a tarnish (oxide layer) at room temperature.

  • England is my city
    England is my city 3 years ago +28

    At 1:26 I would have loved it if he ran away with the gold ASAP

    • urdnal
      urdnal 3 years ago +11

      About $40,000 worth today.

  • Dom Cristante
    Dom Cristante 3 years ago +34

    1000 pounds.... God damn he's strong!

    • Demonic_myst
      Demonic_myst Year ago

      No 1 kg is less than the smallest weights in a gym

    • Kahmoj
      Kahmoj 2 years ago

      Jason Axford Mf

    • Jason Axford
      Jason Axford 3 years ago

      +Bosk Boskson You derphead.

    • Dom Cristante
      Dom Cristante 3 years ago +3

      +Bosk Boskson yea I know sarcasm

    • Bosk Boskson
      Bosk Boskson 3 years ago +2

      British pounds £ it's a currency

  • c1rcu1tn3rd
    c1rcu1tn3rd 3 years ago +2

    I want a cylinder of silver! I'm not interested in selling it to make money or whatever. It's just so cool looking and shiny!

    • My3dviews
      My3dviews 2 years ago

      @Lord Geezmo Oops, I misread that. :-)

    • Marius Langeland
      Marius Langeland 2 years ago

      @My3dviews Indium

    • My3dviews
      My3dviews 2 years ago

      Iridium is very expensive (about $675 per oz.). So probably not the best choice for making a cylinder out of. Silver is less than $17.

    • Muzik Bike
      Muzik Bike 3 years ago

      Or indium, it's pretty shiny and doesn't tarnish

    • Marius Langeland
      Marius Langeland 3 years ago

      Just make one out of tin

  • Rick Sanchez
    Rick Sanchez 3 years ago +4

    wauw... what a fantastic job to have

  • Martin Coetzee
    Martin Coetzee 3 years ago

    That is cool.

  • texasdee slinglead
    texasdee slinglead 3 years ago +3

    a very wealthy individual who appreciates the periodic table that much is worthy of their wealth. I approve , lol. like it matters ;)

  • sab walkswithpurpose
    sab walkswithpurpose 3 years ago

    pretty cool!!!

  • lilHamminator
    lilHamminator 3 years ago

    Where would you buy a graphite crucible? I'm very interested in melting down some aluminum and brass.

    • Eugene Bell
      Eugene Bell 3 years ago

      Jewelry and silversmithing supply stores.

    • Nicholas Dreesen
      Nicholas Dreesen 3 years ago

      It doesn't need to be graphite do melt stuff like that

  • blindandwatching
    blindandwatching 3 years ago

    For mine you can just plate an iron cylinder with silver instead.

    • Chill Bro
      Chill Bro 3 years ago

      Or coat the inside of a glass cylinder with silver, then its like a cylinder mirror and costs like $3, even the steel cylinder alone would be $10
      (source: am a welder)

  • Stephanie Sadie
    Stephanie Sadie 3 years ago +1

    That cylinder of silver today is worth about £400, at the current spot price

  • Miguelin Chavarria
    Miguelin Chavarria 3 years ago


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  • damqn atanasov
    damqn atanasov 3 years ago

    a piece of silver fell when he was couring it

    • Some Fool
      Some Fool 3 years ago

      maybe he should cour it more carefully then

  • Mario Cuevas
    Mario Cuevas 3 years ago

    the finished cylinder looks like stainless steel

    • Mario Cuevas
      Mario Cuevas 3 years ago

      +Stephanie Sadie what i said was a opinion in regards of the cylinder

    • Stephanie Sadie
      Stephanie Sadie 3 years ago +2

      +Mario Cuevas (Mariobro82) No it doesnt. Stainless Steel and Silver when placed next to each other are clearly a different colour. SIlver is a more 'white' silver colour. Tellurium is even 'whiter'

  • alisher1984
    alisher1984 3 years ago +25

    What a waste of chemical elements to be stored on someone's wall. Children in Africa could've eaten these elements!

    • Anneliese o'callaghan
      Anneliese o'callaghan 2 years ago

      They could have drunk that boiling silver!

    • jay star
      jay star 2 years ago

      alisher1984 it's the children who are mining the gold.

    • Chan Jeon
      Chan Jeon 2 years ago

      RimaNari How ironic!

    • RimaNari
      RimaNari 3 years ago +3

      +alisher1984 Especially considering that it's those children mining many of those minerals for us...

  • BlackTiramisu
    BlackTiramisu 3 years ago +5

    This channel actually makes Chemistry fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TheKrensada
    TheKrensada 3 years ago +5

    So they make actual tables. how to they display the radioactive isotopes? and also how to they display the Elements that only exist for short periods of time?

    • SHJ Gaming
      SHJ Gaming 3 years ago +1

      Elements like astatine which last for extremely short periods of time are represented by other radioactive materials like uranium or francium that do decay into francium into some degree.

    • Alex Piggford
      Alex Piggford 3 years ago +1

      Perhaps they put them in lead infused glass jars.

    • Arseboth
      Arseboth 3 years ago +1

      I think they explain that on the original video.

    • TheTiltLord///
      TheTiltLord/// 3 years ago +1

      probably most stable

  • Michael Dye
    Michael Dye 3 years ago


  • MagikGimp
    MagikGimp 4 years ago

    Here, catch. Chucks over 10 grand.

  • JaGuaR
    JaGuaR 4 years ago

    how about making a video about talking properties about the said element -_-

  • JoseyWales93
    JoseyWales93 4 years ago +21

    (2015.11.01) Using today's silver and gold prices we get:
    1kg of silver = 499.5 USD
    1kg of gold = 36,710.6 USD

    • Connor Foley
      Connor Foley 8 months ago

      @χχкѕρ_ρlαуєяχχ Tak thanks merci gracias grazie gratias tibi

    • χχкѕρ_ρlαуєяχχ
      χχкѕρ_ρlαуєяχχ 9 months ago +2

      1kg Ag -> 515.38 USD
      1kg Au -> 42,384.33 USD

    • Jacob riddle
      Jacob riddle 2 years ago

      JoseyWales93 can you update this

    • Beyond! Beyond
      Beyond! Beyond 2 years ago +3

      +GregoryTheGr8ster You have the wrong impression of governments. You need to keep anything precious away from them instead!

    • jmowreader
      jmowreader 3 years ago +3

      No sir. Governments no longer set the price of golf or silver; the market does that. Demand for gold governs its price: as more people want to buy gold, the price goes up to make two things happen: to get people who want to buy gold to want to buy less of it, and to get people who own gold already to sell some of it (so they have gold to sell to the people who want it). Conversely, when demand for gold goes down so does the price - they want owners of gold to not sell it (because every ounce of gold a metals dealer buys is another ounce they have to sell to someone else) and they want gold buyers to purchase more of it.

  • northy Land
    northy Land 4 years ago +113

    wow he lifts 1000 pounds so easy!

  • Shane Gaglione
    Shane Gaglione 4 years ago

    His hair is the color of dichromate