|The floating Brick Boat www.peterlange.co.nz|
Materials have different properties that make them useful for different jobs. You can find a great list of different properties here.
|Peter sitting on overturned brick boat www.peterlange.co.nz|
However, in this blog we will look at a few cases of how people have used the wrong material for the job. Are you ready for some surprises?
First up is new Zealand Artist Peter Lange (Emily's Uncle). He uses bricks in a way you would not imagine! Check out the pic of the boat he made out of bricks with a corrugated iron sail! The surprise is – it did float! How the hell? Well, it’s all to do with water displacement. Click here to read the post that explains the science behind this art piece.
An inflatable mattress made of bricks is a fine example of choosing the wrong material for the job! Surely you would need something that would be soft and comfortable enough to sleep on?
Peter Lange has a habit of choosing strange materials. He has also made a kiln to fire pots in …. out of ice! Check out more of Peter’s stuff here http://www.peterlange.co.nz
Interested in pottery and the materials they use? Why not attend the Big Clay Out? A fun day for everyone at the Auckland Studio Potters held every year at the beginning of December.
However, as we have seen using the ‘wrong’ material can have great results. We found this when using chocolate spoons to stir our tea. One of the properties of a chocolate spoon is that it will melt when coming into contact with hot stuff. Yet, they make your Earl Grey taste really yummy!
We’re not sure the following spoons would taste as great. They are made out of a metal which melts at around 30 degrees Celsius.
So if you have a chocolate tea pot or a sponge hammer or if you have an idea that is as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike – Science in a Van want to know about it. Post your pics, videos or comments/ideas here J
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