89 thoughts on “How to make “water” balls”

  1. Pretty cool trick! Almost fooled a lot of people, but all we had to do, was come here and read all the comments…..look for the “almost hidden clues” and didn’t have to spend the 1/2 hour doing the “fake experiment”. Pretty good camera work too, but must admit again – pretty cool trick!

  2. If this was true, why was there water from the same container dripping from his fingers after he pulled his hand out?? Plus, ALL the water would react with the air and the balls would not all be the same diameter!! The larger amount of water in his hands the larger the “balls” and vice versa! IT IS A FAKE!!

  3. that did not work. maybe if someone could fine real instructions and measurements it could work. that was disappointing though 🙁

  4. ok this is a hoaz one calcium bicarbonate is liquid 2 someonje said calcium bicarbonate crystals absorb the water to make the balls fake again its a liquid noty crystal 3 i tried it it didnt work just left me with a stinky liquid 4 to make calcium bicarbonte you need water sodium bicarbonate and calcium carbonate a source of these is baking soda (sodium bicarbonte) chrushed egg shells/purified chalk(to pureify the chalk soak in viniar till it is purified you wil know when its purified to remove it from the vinigar take a thich paper towel and pour the liquid through it (you should have a creamy thing left on the paper towel) and let the paper towel dry then scrape the white (or whatever colour your calk was) stuff off
    so yeah this is a hoax liquids dont stick to make soldids unles your making ice

  5. You can also make waterballs by using: Sugar, salt, vinegar and baking soda; Then they will form correctly; Here are more ingredients, to make waterballs and colorball dyes:

    1 oz of Sugar
    1 oz of salt
    1/2 oz of vinegar
    1/8 oz of baking soda

    And also you can add extra ingredients (4 drops of colorful dye) First you have to add all the ingredients; Second you mix them all together; Third you have to put them in the freezer; Fourth mix them again, until very blended correctly; Fifth boil it about to 400 degrees Farenheit; Sixth let them cool for 5-10 minutes; Seventh you have to put in the refrigerator over night; (12 hours or more) Eight the next day, you have to take take them out of the refrigerator; Ninth you have to put your hand in water; Tenth you can add dye color to make then colorful; Eleventh you have to take the waterballs out; Twevelth you can play with them; Thirteenth you can also freeze them; Fourteenth you can even show them to your friends; Fifteenth you can cut them in half; Sixteenth you can bounce them, like a toy; Seventeenth you can even put them in water, and also turn them invisible; Eighteenth they can appear again, when you take them out of the water; Ninteenth you can also add water to them; Twenth it can be: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet,(With extra dye) and even clear (Without dye).

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  6. this is absolutely not a hoax. this is exactly how ectoplasm behaves in sodium bicarbonate as well.
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  7. oi can someone just send me some of the water balls okay ps stop fucking arguing about it if u think it fake then dont comment you dumbterds

  8. k all it totally works. To get calcium bicarbonate just mash up some tums (calcium carbonate), and it becomes calcium bicarbonate when it reacts with water.

  9. … we just did this and wasted time. i wish i woulda read this beforehand. i hate you all.

  10. this is just a scam ppl, you can buy these marbles at this site
    “http://www.teachersource.com/Chemistry/GroBeastsPolymers/WaterGelCrystals.aspx”

    how come “in touch with air it looses its polar hability” at 2:20 you can see the marbles lying in the box.

  11. Got bored of reading comments, so this may have been mentioned already. The spheres are always present, they just have the same index of refraction as water, so when they’re placed in water, it appears as though they’ve disappeared.

  12. i dont believe that’s possible. My physics teacher had spheres like those and as the guy above me said they look like they disappear when you put them in water. It would be awesome if you could do something like this though

  13. This is a total scam, if the the “substance” react with air and form a sphere… why he have DROPS of water falling from his hand into the bowl?

    This is a common sense answer, because I will not waste time explaining to you the impossible chemistry on it whit these ingredients.

  14. you guys are all stupid because it totally does work…did it in science class and at home and it most definitely worked…so go scratch

  15. Trying the sugar recipe with my daughter – seems doubtful it will actually make “water balls,” but she really wanted to try and I know so little about chemistry I figured, why not give it a try? But I have a BIG question for many of you: Why are you so angry with one another!? Why is it so hard for you to debate the viability of this experiment without all the put-downs and disdain?

  16. hey, this is not a easy expement to do?? and this is an 10th grade experiment?? because they did’nt accept me an experiment called “Hot Ice” because it was easy.

  17. SOLO A PETICION DE LA PERSONA QUE PIDIO MI COMENTARIO. ESTE VIDEO ES UNA GRAN GRAN MENTIRA QUE SOLO LES HACE PERDER SU TIEMPO, SI ALGUIEN QUIERE HACER ESTE TIPO DE GELES QUE EN PARTICULAR SE LLAMAN HIDROGELES, NECESITARIA NO BICARBONATO,VINAGRE, SAL O CUALQUIER OTRA SUSTANCIA COMO LAS MENCIONADAS EN EL VIDEO. SE NECESITA PRINCIPALMENTE ACRILAMIDA, BIS-ACRILAMIDA, PERSULFATO DE AMONIO Y TEMMED. SUSTANCIAS QUIMICAS QUE SE UTILIZAN EN CUALQUIER LABORATORIO DE BIOTECNOLOGIA Y MUY DIFICILDE CONSEGUIR, Y APARTE EL PREVIO CONOCIMIENTO DE ESTAS SUSTANCIAS POR QUE POR SEPARADAS SON CANCERIGENAS PERO UNA VEZ QUE PREPARAS EL GEL DE POLIACRILAMIDA YA ES ATOXICA .

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  18. DRIVEL!

    Those are marbles, chemicals don’t crystallize into perfect spheres! Go look up ‘crystal’ and see if any crystals are spheres!

    It is iodized, not ionized salt. (Potassium Iodide)

    Polar hability is a non existent term that you made up, why do people do this crap?

    Marbles, really?

  19. how can u make water balls without baking soda?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  20. I saw this video two days ago and have been wondering how to do it ever since. My friend saw it too and tried it yesterday. He says that it worked perfectly for him…but i’m having a hard time believing it. I want to try it…but where do you get the calcium bicarbonate?!?!?

  21. Is it real or not? I found the video on stumbleupon and wanted to try it. Where can I get Calcium Bicarbonate in a powder form?

  22. think the guy means calcium carbonate which is in antacid tablets. Get mythbusters onto it

  23. And they arent crystalizing the surface tension is increasing. I dont thin its real but that is what it is claiming

  24. These are those water balls that you buy at the craft store or home improvement store for watering plants. They look decorative when you put them in the bottom of a vase or bowl and you can plant bamboo and other plants in them because they slowly release water. They are usually pink, purple or blue.

    All this guy did was put some in a bowl of water and died the water pink to match the color of the water balls…simple illusion on film..

    kind of funny that he added all the science stuff to it….I am sure he had lots of people in the kitchen freezing stuff, boiling stuff and stirring stuff….all to put theie hands in a slimy hot mess of salt water! 🙂 Awesome…..

  25. This IS legit. I don’t know every little detail of how it works, but I know it has to do with surface tension. Just like how you can take drop a bit of water on a penny and it wont spill over the sides. And the reason why there’s still normal water along with the spheres is because water is a product of the reaction. If you mix vinegar and baking soda you get water as a byproduct, and there is certainly vinegar and baking soda in that recipe.

  26. Sorry to ruin the fun, but this is indeed a hoax.

    The water balls are actually made of a superabsorbant polymer. The polymer has a refractive index close to that of water, which is why they seem invisible. You can check out the wikipedia page for the polymer here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_polyacrylate. Unfortunately you can’t make them from household ingredients but you can buy them online/at some gardening stores and they’re fairly cheap. Here’s a video of them in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw0x79uilR8.

    Notice that with all the videos of people “making” them there is a cut before they show you the final product.

    Also, if anyone cares about the science… Since these balls are made from a polymer (read: really long, complicated molecule) the ingredients would have to undergo a polymerization reaction for them to form. With the ingredients and the method used in the video above (and all the others on youtube) that absolutely would not happen. The vinegar and baking soda would react to form salt (NaCl), CO2, and water. Adding more salt…makes it more salty. Calcium bicarbonate does not exist in solid form (oh hey wikipedia– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcium_bicarbonate) so I don’t know what was in that glass but judging by the way it foamed it was probably just more baking soda. Someone suggested using sugar instead, but that wouldn’t do anything. In fact it’s pretty safe to say that it is not possible to make these out of any household products.

    As for the polarity/surface tension stuff: yes, water is polar and yes it has high surface tension. That’s not exactly why this works, although it is on the same subject. The superabsorbant gel is able to soak up so much water because it forms hydrogen bonds with the water molecules, pulling them out of solution.

    I won’t go any more in-depth than that because I don’t think anyone really cares, but there you have it! Go buy some water balls so you can trick your friends and make your own hoax videos.

  27. ok i did this and it worked and you can get calcium bicarbonate from tums alls you have to do is crush up some tums and you get calcium bicarbonate!! 🙂

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