Crimson powder is a pyrotechnic powder that can be used as a substitute for black powder that can be easily made from items you can buy at local stores.

Step 1: Obtain Materials

1.potassium nitrate:I got mine from spectricide stump remover that I found at Home Depot. 2.vitamin c tablets/caplets: can be purchased at any pharmacy 3.iron oxide: can be made or bought from paint suppliers. A cheap place to buy is baileypottery.com 4. An old skillet 5. A scale(accurate to a gram or less)
If this stuff were to go off in a glass container, the flying shards of glass would be Wayyy more dangerous than the blast itself. Don't use metal, because it contains an explosion very well and it would be better for the crimson powder to go poof than to go boom if it were to go off. So just safety precautions. I would recommend a little plastic container for storage
<p>Sorry, but you are wrong, plastic bags equal static charge, you would not get a static charge through glass. I personally keep materials like these in brown paper and stored in cardboard boxes.</p>
<p>just a quick tip that will save a LOT of time.....if you are wanting to make this don't buy vitamin C tablets, buy it as pure powdered vitamin C (pure ascorbic acid). It's available at all health food shops or online. I got mine from a Holland and Barret health food shop. Hope this is useful :-) </p>
<p>Great build! Just a happy suggestion, a well cleaned and washed prescription, or over the counter Pill Bottle makes a great container for these types of powders. :)</p><p>Air tight, water proof, and FREE!</p>
nice 'ible. The simplicity is pretty awesome
Interesting, but why &quot;Just don't use a glass or metal container.&quot;?

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