Butter is used to glue a piece of pasta to each disk. When the edges of the disks are immersed in hot water, the butter on the diamond melts more rapidly, releasing the piece of pasta.
A synthetic diamond wafer and an aluminum disk are held between a thumb and forefinger (to provide heat). When pressed against an ice cube, the diamond penetrates more rapidly than does the aluminum.
A piece of tape pressed against a sample of molybdenum sulfide will peel off layers of the sample. Additional tape can be used to cleave the peeled sample hundreds of times.