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im not sure how but i need to make a glow stick without those crazy ingrediants but verry simple

i have seen the mountain dew one wich was nice and cool but who wants to see some dude at a light show waving around some soda bottle

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tylervitale4 years ago
If you consider a luminol reaction to be a glowstick, fine. you can use that. Luminol is not hard to buy, and it isn't too expensive. But if you want a chemiluminescent reaction that lasts longer than a minute, you're out of luck.
When glowstick chemistry is boiled down, it's usually very simple. take for instance, the reaction of the chemical TCPO and hydrogen peroxide. When the TCPO reacts with the H2O2, it gives off energy which is transfered to a fluorescent dye that causes it to glow. Simple right? But the chemicals involved are by no means simple.
Not only is TCPO hard to get, but it's both expensive and carcinogenic.
There are many other "glowstick" chemicals out there, but there aren't really any that are multi-purpose. That is to say, they're manufactured SOLELY for use in glowsticks, and nothing else. The only way to get such a chemical then, would be to either buy a glowstick containing the chemical, (which defeats the purpose of obtaining it in the first place) or order it, which is often difficult and more costly than just buying a glowstick.

If you're interested in glowstick chemistry, might I suggest you check out Nurdrage's videos on youtube? He does a lot of cool glowstick chemistry, and explains it as he goes. :)
watson91946 years ago
I agree with iPodGuy,its much easier and cheaper to make some kind of diffused led throwie setup then finding the "crazy" chemicals needed to make a glow stick concoction.you'll probably find the leds to be brighter then glow sticks anyway.
the mountain dew mix is a myth
iPodGuy8 years ago
It's easier/cheaper to make one from LED's and some AA batteries than to do all that chemistry. Especially if you're just going to swing it around at a show. Who are you going to see?
Luminol is a very good chemical for chemi-luminescence. It is not that hard to buy. (It is rather expensive. Cheap kits only contain weak solutions. The pure chemical costs more than $2.80 per gram.) However, if you count it as a 'crazy chemical' you may be out of luck: If you do not want to mess with luminol, you certainly do not want to touch its precursors.

Cyalume and other trichlorophenyl oxalates are likewise rather pricey ($92/g pure) and are things you probably do not want to make.

Instead, I would recommend simply using a fluorescent dye with an ultraviolet LED like this. Small amounts of fluorescein are available on Ebay, or if you want enough to share with a few dozen friends, chemical companies. A europium-doped glow material ($6 to $9/oz) would work quite well too.
Evilblaze8 years ago
If you don't have luminol than you are in a big problem if you want to make glowsticks. I made a glowing liquid half year ago it was glowing with a red color, the recipe is here: 1. Mix a solution of: a. 40mL distilled water b. 0.8g hydroxide c. 25g K2CO3 d. 1g pyrogallol e. 10 mL standard 37% methanal ("formaldehyde") all in a beaker too large for overflow 2. Darken the room 3. Add 30 mL standard 30% hydrogen peroxide Notes : The red glow is due to the oxidation of pyrogallol and methanal in alkaline peroxide. Either on its own should work but it works better if you use both. Pyrogallol is highly toxic. And if you add the H2O2 too fast it will boil and a lot of formaldehyde will get in to the air what is not so good. This thing is glowing until you add H2O2 to the mix. If you add it fast than it will have a strong light, if you add slow, than it will have a weak light. //I know that tis is not an easy recipe, but is is cheaper and easier than the other ones. You won't make glowstick easier.