Talk:Wood's metal

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I'm skeptical of the teaspoon claim. Can anyone produce a citation for that? —BenFrantzDale 22:40, 14 November 2005 (UTC)

Well, a lot of people believe it if you read google.

I've seen the melting-teaspoon trick on an episode of "Candid Camera", or one of its clones (it was on a compilation show, I'm not sure which was the original program). There's this guy who stirs his tea in a restaurant, and pulls the handle out and the head's dropped off, as it was attached with Wood's metal or a similar alloy (the voiceover explains that it's definitely a melting metal of some sort), and there's a beautiful moment when he stares at it in utter confusion for a minute or so, trying to decide what he should do next! (He eventually, after looking to see if anyone was watching, puts his fingers in the tea and fishes it out). The same bar was also host to the "sinking-barstool" prank ;-)

Is this really wikipedia material?--V7ndotcom elursrebmem 12:52, 18 January 2006 (UTC)

Uncle Tungsten includes an account by Oliver Sacks of making gallium teaspoons for the same purpose. Gallium isn't toxic, btw.Joel 16:41, 27 January 2006 (UTC)
The teaspoon claim has since been removed. Adrian J. Hunter(talkcontribs) 11:12, 25 May 2008 (UTC)


Bearmetal [1] is a trade name of an alloy known between model train afficionados. Its melting point is the same as Wood's metal. Do I suppose correctly it is the case? --Shaddack 17:08, 20 November 2005 (UTC)

I've seen the alloy sold under several brand names. Several years ago I bought a one pound ingot of it from a supplier that called it Ostalloy-158. The had several such alloys in their catalog, all branded Ostalloy-xxx with the "xxx" being the melting temperature (F). -- RTC 23:44, 22 February 2006 (UTC)
I've removed the mention of bearmetal since there seemed to be doubt and I couldn't find a reference. Adrian J. Hunter(talkcontribs) 11:12, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

Who is Wood?[edit]

Is this the same Wood of Wood's glass? (I'm guesssing not since they are cited as professors of different universities.) —Ben FrantzDale 11:54, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

The German and Dutch wiki pages cite Robert Williams Wood, but Web searches for "Wood's metal"+"Robert Williams Wood"/"Robert Wood" come up rather empty. Quote Wjbeaty when he created this article: "Anyone know Dr. Wood's full name?" Not much progress yet, huh. Femto 14:03, 5 June 2006 (UTC)
"After B. Wood, 20th century American metallurgist" - Merriam-Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. It's at least a start. Femto 16:36, 18 September 2006 (UTC)


It looks to me that the three articles (Cerrobend, Lipowitz's Alloy and this one) describe the same thing. GregorB 17:30, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

Agree.-- 15:21, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

Also agree. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:15, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

I've merged the articles here, and will convert the others to redirects. Adrian J. Hunter(talkcontribs) 11:12, 25 May 2008 (UTC)
I didn't include the link to the Cerro metal company homepage, as it did not provide any information not in this article. Adrian J. Hunter(talkcontribs) 11:17, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

Old comment copy-pasted from the Cerrobend talk page for convenience[edit]

This looks like an freeriding ad page, but since it's describing a trademark owned by the company, it's a welcome addition to wikipedia. Nobody should feel the need to engage into heavy editing on this page, other than the trademark owner, this is not considered squatting a generic topic. Also, very nice info, but still, even if no percentages given, metals used in Cerrosafe®, Cerrolow® would be nice (any lead, or toxic stuff?) Since it's a freeriding ad page, it might be nice to consider a small donation to the wiki foundation if you directly benefit from it, such as finding a customer through this site. Sillybilly 08:16, 30 October 2005 (UTC)

As you can see from the compositional details I've added these alloys do contain heavy metals with known toxicity. European developments in health and safety have in the last 10 years called for minimisation of use of such heavy metals and clear labelling for both workplace and domestic user products.--RenMan 20:19, 29 April 2006 (UTC)


PLEASE EXPLAIN METAL ALLOY AND METAL ALLOY CASTING DIFFERENCE. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:33, 10 January 2009 (UTC)

Physical properties[edit]

Please add a table of physical properties (thermal and electrical conductivities etc) to this article. - (talk) 01:26, 22 May 2009 (UTC)


Whose bright idea was it to include a eutectic that includes Thallium of all the unholy metals and then not mention that Thallium is positively lethal compared to Cadmium? This is negligence so far over into the criminal that the mind boggles Plaasjaapie (talk) 05:47, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

This seems a bit extreme. However I have added a rider about the alleged toxicity of thallium containing alloys. ping (talk) 07:23, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

It was my idea and act. I was unaware of such extrem guys like you on WP -- your wording here tells people enough of your "scientific quality" editings. :-( Did anybody tell you to act as a censor for toxic alloys in the article? Noone ask you to eat these alloys! Add you comments about toxity of the metals Cd, Tl or what you think and be quiet! Argh! Sorry. Regards, Achim1999 (talk) 09:59, 5 August 2009 (UTC)