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Metal Egg

Metal Egg

Metal Egg is a fun science experiment for kids to do at home through which kids can learn about concepts of light, chemistry and properties of matter. Kids turn an ordinary egg into metal by using simple household materials. The silver egg trick is simple and only needs charring the egg. Once that is done, you get your metallic egg in no time. The egg gets completely covered with soot and black, the real exciting moment lies when you put it in water and Voila!! MAGIC!! Your ordinary ivory egg turns Metallic.

Safety First! Adult Supervision Required, Don’t Eat/Drink your Experiments, wear safety goggles where ever required

Materials and tools required.

Things required for science experiment

Metallic Egg-Experiment-Step-0

  • Raw Egg
  • Tripod Stand
  • Water
  • Transparent Glass Jar
  • Pair of Tongs
  • Candle
  • Lighter

Video on Youtube for the Experiment

What to Do !

  1. Stick the candle below the egg.
  2. Light the candle using a lighter.
  3. Let the egg char on the candle flame.
  4. Carefully flip the egg on the tripod using a pair of tongs.
    Caution: Do not touch the tripod. It can burn your hand.
  5. Char the egg completely from all sides.
  6. Get your glass jar ready.
  7. Fill the glass jar with water
  8. Carefully pick the egg from the tripod and put it inside the glass jar.
  9. See the egg turning into metal instantly

Images for Instructions

Working Principle of Metal Egg :

Metal Egg demonstrates various concepts of Light, Chemistry and properties of matter. The experiment actually does not turn the egg into real metal but it appears to be so under water. It’s an optical illusion! The charred egg actually gets covered with a layer of soot, which is carbon from the wick of the candle. The carbon in the soot, being hydrophobic repels the water. This holds a fine film of air around the egg. When light falls on the underwater egg, it gets refracted thus giving it a metallic appearance.


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