CREATE OBJECTS THAT
MELT INTO USELESSNESS
AT YOUR COMMAND.
BY ANDREW LEWIS
HOT ITEM: Sculpt any shape, add secrets,
then activate to liquefy.
You’ve locked the top-secret documents in the safe, but the bad guys burst
through the door before you have a chance to leave. What should you do?
You could try swallowing the key, but these guys look like they might use a
little amateur surgery to retrieve it.
The answer is simple — you calmly hand them the
key and start edging your way toward the door.
Seconds later, the head bad guy lets out a scream,
and you flee the scene, leaving the intruders with a
molten heap of plastic that used to be a key.
Photograph by Garry McLeod
OK, so this scenario is a little farfetched, but it
does neatly describe a use for this project. A battery, a reed switch, some Constantan wire, Friendly
Plastic, and powdered aluminum are all you need to
make a self-destructing object.
76 Make: Volume 16