Mushroom Casting with Zinc and Aluminum (First Attempt)

  • Published: 18 February 2017
  • This was my first attempt at casting a mushroom with molten metal (zinc and aluminum). I've put out two mushroom casting videos so far which I actually did after this one and they turned out much better. While my first attempt was not perfect, I thought it was pretty interesting and the finished cast turned out great.

    I actually first got the idea to make mushroom casts when I saw this mushroom. I thought it looked really cool, like the mushrooms in Super Mario Bros with specs all over (amanita) . I grabbed some plaster I had lying around and poured the mold without really having any idea how I would make the finished metal cast. As an amateur with plaster, I didn't mix it good enough and the form I placed around the mushroom was insufficient and allowed the plaster to pour out as you can see in the video. No biggie though, you live you learn.

    I experimented with different ways of getting the mushroom debris out (picking at it, heating it, washing it) and in the end I didn't get all of the mushroom out of the mold the first time. I also didn't dry the plaster mold enough (which is why it bubbles so much). I tried to use molten zinc first, thinking that would work better because it's more fluid, but that didn't work out very well. Mainly because I didn't have enough of the mushroom debris removed.

    Upon breaking the plaster mold open after the zinc cast attempt, I realized that the mushroom was not fully cast. Many days later I was inspecting the broken plaster pieces to see if I could figure out what went wrong, and I had the idea of piecing the mold back together and trying again. There were many large pieces still intact but I still had to patch several parts with new aluminum.

    Anyway, I cast the mushroom and it turned out pretty awesome. Most people I show the casts to say this is the best one.

    This was the first one that I cast in plaster, but I actually cast another one with metal first just as a test. You can see that one here:

    After I saw that one turned out good, I decided to go ahead and cast this one. You can see more pictures of this cast here:

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Comments • 587

  • punam balley
    punam balley  5 days back

    Try honeycomb casting?

    • Kieran Otto
      Kieran Otto  1 weeks back

      Poor mushroom

      • Sam Isaacs
        Sam Isaacs  2 weeks back

        This video is absolute proof that there are some people with no lives. Sad

        • Jaki Kaki
          Jaki Kaki  2 weeks back

          0:22 when you Really have to shit
          Close your eyes😑💩

          • vishal narjinary
            vishal narjinary  2 weeks back

            Oh man crickets

            • Bananamations
              Bananamations  3 weeks back

              "Aw, shoot, here we go again",
              Once said an ant colony.

              • LivinTrashCan
                LivinTrashCan  3 weeks back

                1 minute before: Gotta break the plaster

                While doing it: HAHA MY GLORIOUS EXPERIMENT

                5 minutes later: I’ll fucking do it again

                • Jempong Jobar
                  Jempong Jobar  3 weeks back

                  1:39 Thats lile a penis

                  • MidniteMoon
                    MidniteMoon  1 months back

                    I always thought this channel only casts ant colonies

                    Whats next?Some Corn Cob?

                    • Anthill Art
                      Anthill Art   1 months back

                      Great idea! I'll have to trry that.

                  • My Username is Pointlessly Long and Intimidating

                    0:15 for a second I thought that was milk. It has a similar sound while being poured, similar look, and even somewhat similar viscosity as far as I can tell.

                    • Khor Mun Huai
                      Khor Mun Huai  2 months back

                      From ants to Mushroom... whats next ? Beehive!

                      • Whalesnamedshark
                        Whalesnamedshark  3 months back

                        2:59 puff o flame
                        Me: *quietly* “oh disaster”

                        • MoKhatib21
                          MoKhatib21  3 months back

                          Everyone stfu bout the ant hill, y’all late anyway it was in 2013. Making him feel like shit over something so long ago is so dumb and childish.

                          • Alexander Painton
                            Alexander Painton  3 months back

                            0:42 Bullfrogs

                            • coonus1
                              coonus1  4 months back

                              Very cool

                              • Surfercurtis
                                Surfercurtis  5 months back

                                That was 4 minutes I’ll never get back.

                                • Leina Nightray
                                  Leina Nightray  5 months back

                                  Oddly satisfying

                                  • DonutCovered Kitty
                                    DonutCovered Kitty  6 months back

                                    R.I.P Toad from Mario you will be missed

                                    • Daniel Emerick
                                      Daniel Emerick  6 months back


                                      • Tj Kruse
                                        Tj Kruse  7 months back

                                        Mmmmmmmm chunky milk

                                        • Todd F Wright
                                          Todd F Wright  8 months back

                                          The best thing about this video is the Chuck-Will's-Widow at the beginning.

                                          • drissle
                                            drissle  9 months back

                                            *tinker bell has left the chat*

                                            • Axel Hill
                                              Axel Hill  9 months back

                                              0:52 That isn't good for Mushroom's stomach :3

                                              • Rose G
                                                Rose G  9 months back

                                                real life ron swanson over here

                                                • Savon Blanchard
                                                  Savon Blanchard  9 months back

                                                  I would’ve given up after the first try lmao 😂

                                                  • Invictus i
                                                    Invictus i  10 months back

                                                    U get ur first play button at 100k

                                                    U now 460k

                                                    *JUST DO IT* MAN!!!

                                                    (and by me saying just do it I mean cast ur play button)

                                                    • painhellemental 9000
                                                      painhellemental 9000  10 months back

                                                      Now this i can get behind

                                                      • AngelTheVoo
                                                        AngelTheVoo  10 months back

                                                        -looks like a dildo-

                                                        • justpinahy
                                                          justpinahy  11 months back


                                                          • Binoo patel
                                                            Binoo patel  11 months back

                                                            Please show your full collection of casting

                                                            • Manic Mechanic Man
                                                              Manic Mechanic Man  11 months back

                                                              That's too EPIC! Never would have thought of that! Incredible art!!!

                                                              • UndyingWrath
                                                                UndyingWrath  11 months back

                                                                That toad has seen and been through some shit

                                                                • Cayden Evenson
                                                                  Cayden Evenson  12 months back

                                                                  That was just amazing

                                                                  • carlie jo
                                                                    carlie jo  12 months back

                                                                    love this wow !

                                                                    • ItsFrankiLove ;D
                                                                      ItsFrankiLove ;D  12 months back

                                                                      Piecing the mold back together? Hella the patience. The mushroom? Hella epic. I love the bumps and stuff on it, i needs one

                                                                      • ִ
                                                                        ִ  12 months back

                                                                        When the day comes for you to mastering casting on mushrooms... will you cast my mushroom?

                                                                        • *No Name*
                                                                          *No Name*  1 years back


                                                                          • Yuval Kaye
                                                                            Yuval Kaye  1 years back

                                                                            Stop trying dope

                                                                            • Debanjit Das
                                                                              Debanjit Das  1 years back

                                                                              He is batman🕵

                                                                              • Tashy Pagan
                                                                                Tashy Pagan  1 years back

                                                                                It looks like a dick

                                                                                • berrybearsta55
                                                                                  berrybearsta55  1 years back

                                                                                  you see flames but you don't care you just pouring the stuff in the thing .

                                                                                  • مرتضى وفتخر علي

                                                                                    تلنغ خخهخخخهههههه

                                                                                    • Manali Yelve
                                                                                      Manali Yelve  1 years back

                                                                                      You glued the broken pieces!
                                                                                      Level of patience: GOD

                                                                                      • Nixes !
                                                                                        Nixes !  1 years back

                                                                                        R.I.P mushroom

                                                                                        • Rockstar chica Cute female chicken

                                                                                          I’m starting to worry you just get up and do it is not a life

                                                                                          • Alessio
                                                                                            Alessio  1 years back

                                                                                            kids in afreeca could have eaten that mushroom -.-

                                                                                            • Thecopperdudes
                                                                                              Thecopperdudes  1 years back

                                                                                              Why kill the mushroom?
                                                                                              LEAVE THE MUSHROOMS they did nothing to you, well maybe one poisoned your friend

                                                                                              • Son of a Quack
                                                                                                Son of a Quack  1 years back

                                                                                                Very cool, Kanye!