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Old 08-23-2013, 10:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ANT-itecture - Making Aluminum Castings of Ant Colonies

Hey guys, this is a video I made of my new hobby. Check it out, tell me what you think.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRgaak4TX00


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eevrq7OPqbE

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Old 08-27-2013, 04:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That seems like it would be a lot of fun. What's the deepest you've seen a colony go?
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That seems like it would be a lot of fun. What's the deepest you've seen a colony go?
It takes a special person to find this entertaining lol. Luckily I found someone else who did too, with a never ending supply of ant colonies.

The deepest we've gone was about 2 feet - that's the spiral piece shown in the video.

Our goal is to get a complete colony casting. We need a larger bucket to melt the aluminum in so we can fill up the colony in one pour.
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What fuel source do you use to heat the crucible?
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When we dig out the castings you can see ant fossils in the aluminum, pretty wicked looking.

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What fuel source do you use to heat the crucible?
We have been using grill charcoal and natural wood charcoal. The natural wood tends to last longer. It doesn't take much charcoal to get the aluminum melted in 15 minutes or so, we've actually ruined 2 stainless steel cooking pots from the heat making them brittle. I'm considering cutting an old fire extinguisher in half and using the bottom of that.
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that actually is really cool


lol the cows at the end
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