Turning Seashells Into Glass (Debunking Viral Videos)

  • Published: 11 September 2019
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Comments • 2 774

  • Frame Killer
    Frame Killer  19 hours back

    In the furnace you made cement

    • krysa boyce
      krysa boyce  1 days back

      I’m sad that you destroyed these cool shells I always try to find ones like that at the beach and never can

      • jeffpearljam1976
        jeffpearljam1976  1 days back

        Stick the shells in water in your freeze dryer

        • 苏主中
          苏主中  1 days back


          • Astrid Mendes
            Astrid Mendes  2 days back

            It can not convert to glass coz glass is made of silica and shells are made of CaCO3

            • Sabeer Rahman
              Sabeer Rahman  3 days back

              Why did you ban me in discord I'm over 13 but it says I am under and it says you are banned for 191 weeks and 5days

              • Lumberjack king the great

                It's kinda sad to see these buteful 🐚,s be destroyed but it's for science and just why not right have a great day

                • Goku Yu
                  Goku Yu  4 days back

                  You should take 1 shell and put it in mixture of all 4 liquids

                  • Amu
                    Amu  4 days back

                    Anyone else getting Dr. Stone vibes?

                    • Ryan Saeger
                      Ryan Saeger  4 days back

                      If you keep using the same acid the pH will keep going towards 7. Should be using fresh acid to get the most accurate results. It's keeps creating calcium nitrate/sulfate/chloride (the conjugate base), CO2(g) and H2O.

                      • Ryan Saeger
                        Ryan Saeger  4 days back

                        Also it's chemically impossible to turn seashells (calcium carbonate) into glass (silicon dioxide).

                    • Otaku Danieru
                      Otaku Danieru  4 days back

                      Srsly...just watch Dr.Stone(anime)

                      • Tactical Booty
                        Tactical Booty  4 days back

                        *Crossbows Assemble*

                        • Dylan Dreisbach
                          Dylan Dreisbach  5 days back

                          Those dissolved seashells do look transparent to me.

                          • GammaGaming
                            GammaGaming  5 days back

                            This video makes me uncomfortable in every way

                            • Shell the killer
                              Shell the killer  5 days back

                              The king of random burning the shells

                              Everyone who's name is shell 😥

                              • Luminous YT
                                Luminous YT  5 days back

                                I’m shaking so much like I’m carrying something heavy while I watch this vedio idk why😅

                                • Fur-ious Flood
                                  Fur-ious Flood  5 days back

                                  I mean it did turn clear....

                                  • Kathy Nichols 2019
                                    Kathy Nichols 2019  6 days back

                                    I use muriatic acid to clean my seashells dilute it with water 3 to 5 Seconds take it out put it in clean water to rinse it off beautiful seashells

                                    • BruhitsJoyce
                                      BruhitsJoyce  6 days back

                                      Try making a cotton candy with the shell powder lmao

                                      • TheKrawfish
                                        TheKrawfish  6 days back

                                        9:39 Zenyata?

                                        • Nicole Smith
                                          Nicole Smith  6 days back

                                          I have fresh eggs

                                          • KT Vet
                                            KT Vet  1 weeks back

                                            My thoughts before the video... when cleaning a fish tank vinegar does break down calcium.. so it seems possible I suppose but wouldnt that just dissolve the entire shell?

                                            • harmoney hughes
                                              harmoney hughes  1 weeks back

                                              i am so confused why is Grant`s picture on the wall sorry haven't watched in a while

                                              • qwerty mnbvc
                                                qwerty mnbvc  1 weeks back

                                                try to put a log in nitric acid with a bit of sulfuric acid, 2 days later let it dry then lite it up to see what happen.

                                                • harshal vyas
                                                  harshal vyas  1 weeks back

                                                  If you really want to debunk viral video's then dunk natural condition/situations that can be shown through physically re-creating it with science (P,C,M,B,etc )/numbers
                                                  Try with this video's

                                                  • RainbowLLama15
                                                    RainbowLLama15  1 weeks back

                                                    Captain America : avengeeeeeeeeeers 0:28

                                                    • Kiyoshi Furuya
                                                      Kiyoshi Furuya  1 weeks back

                                                      Hmmm, interesting. Maybe coating the shells with silicon dioxide and sodium. Under precise temperature, pressure, and time, could tranmutate the calcium carbonate into silicon dioxide? Then sweat the impurites with heat without compromising the structure?

                                                      • Norm Whiffin
                                                        Norm Whiffin  1 weeks back

                                                        You can use shells to make cement. Bake them in a fire, then pour water on them. Cool reaction, gets hot.

                                                        • Katie Malfoy
                                                          Katie Malfoy  1 weeks back

                                                          Basics? Do You mean Alkalis

                                                          • Muscle Mantis
                                                            Muscle Mantis  2 weeks back

                                                            Acid Base reactions always produce a salt in solution, water, and CO2

                                                            • SYANU KESH
                                                              SYANU KESH  2 weeks back

                                                              Can u melt different types of bones

                                                              • BlackWeave
                                                                BlackWeave  2 weeks back

                                                                guys have you ever tried dr stone (that's an anime) experiments/inventions?

                                                              • Lola Bella
                                                                Lola Bella  2 weeks back


                                                                • Watermellon foxx
                                                                  Watermellon foxx  2 weeks back

                                                                  Big brain time

                                                                  • Kelsey Mixer
                                                                    Kelsey Mixer  2 weeks back

                                                                    Yep, this is what’s happening to our oceans... :(

                                                                    • guren mark laurente
                                                                      guren mark laurente  2 weeks back

                                                                      Hey guys can you try shells that has nacre on it? Like abalone shell for example. :)

                                                                      • yours, mina
                                                                        yours, mina  2 weeks back

                                                                        it's awkward how the girl keeps looking at the guy when she doesnt talk

                                                                        • xChuChySims
                                                                          xChuChySims  2 weeks back

                                                                          Well figure out how to make glass and if it’s is possible

                                                                          • sammie Canana
                                                                            sammie Canana  2 weeks back

                                                                            Don't shells below the equator grow left like a drain swirls opposite? I think I heard that

                                                                            • Greengiraffes 128
                                                                              Greengiraffes 128  2 weeks back

                                                                              Kind of annoyed they destroyed so many lovely shells but FOR SCIENCE

                                                                              • Andrew Chase
                                                                                Andrew Chase  2 weeks back

                                                                                The big shells don’t dissolve because calcium carbonate act as a base. It neutralises acid... so maybe the bigger shells don’t dissolve that much because they have completely neutralise the vinegar...

                                                                                • Andrew Chase
                                                                                  Andrew Chase  2 weeks back

                                                                                  But she’ll turning into glass is a scam haha

                                                                              • Akeem Faison
                                                                                Akeem Faison  2 weeks back

                                                                                Burn the sea shells and then crush them to powder put them in cotton candy
                                                                                Machine would it make cotton candy

                                                                                • Michael Garcia
                                                                                  Michael Garcia  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Maybe pour something into the shell that is inert before putting the shells into the acid.

                                                                                  • Nikole P
                                                                                    Nikole P  2 weeks back

                                                                                    You guys should freeze dry glow stick liquid

                                                                                    • Gerald Florence
                                                                                      Gerald Florence  2 weeks back

                                                                                      First of all, for anyone who knows chemistry, you can't turn calcium carbonate which shells are primarily made of, into silicate which what glass is primarily made of. The other material, chitin, is less enduring and falls apart. I'm appalled at the state of people's knowledge of general physics, biology, and chemistry. I am 56 and am grateful for having the solid background that so few kids get these days. Don't get me wrong. It's great to experiment and see what happens, but, knowing your basic facts can go a long way to help save time and material.

                                                                                      • Don Stash
                                                                                        Don Stash  2 weeks back

                                                                                        use acetic acid that is the same strength as the other acids for a fair test

                                                                                        • joebaby1975
                                                                                          joebaby1975  2 weeks back

                                                                                          The woman looks just Gwen stefani to me.

                                                                                          • D P
                                                                                            D P  2 weeks back

                                                                                            I wonder what would happen if you used vinegar to take away to outer layer and then bleached it.