Not the Italian job kind (although I know how to make that too), but a type of burning paint that can be used to burn whatever you paint into wood, and then scrubbed away. You will be left with a piece of wood with whatever you painted charred into it. Its fun, safe (compared to my other projects), and a gives a good show when you light it.
So half the art is actually the process of making the art.

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Step 1: Parts


1. Piece of wood, it will be your canvas
2. Gunpowder
3. Dextrin
4. Paintbrushes
5. Rubbing alchol
6. Pencil and Sharpie

Step 2: Make the paint

Essentially this is the same stuff used to coat the fuse in this instructable

In a tupperware container mix 10 parts gunpowder with 1 part dextrin. The amount you will make depends on the size of whatever you are painting. However, it is a good idea to mix only a small amount because you can always easily mix more if you run out.

With the powder in the tupperware container pour in the rubbing alchol. Stir in between pouring, and keep adding rubbing alchol until the gunpowder is about the consistency of acrylic paint. Stir it until all the clumps are worked out and you should have a somewhat homogeneous mixture.

The picture shows the mixture after I added the alchol but before I mixed it.
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huggles7 years ago
I'm not familiar with the term 'sharpie'. What is it? Is it a sharp tool to emboss (or engrave) your design? Is it a marker pen? Pls help!
oooooshit!!!! man!!!!!! u don't know wut a sharpie is!!!!!!! nonononononononononono u must know its a pen ,but just a pen the best pen in the... well its a pen...
Were not all American, do you know what vegemite is or an emu?
an emu is a flightless bird!
my dad used to eat scrambled emu eggs for breakfast. 4 eggs fed 10 peeps
Vegemite is GROSS!
leave vegimite alone its owsome beter than promite or any other "mite"
Your mum was GROSS!
did you just say that sharpies are only in america and that they are not in australia by comparing them to vegemite and emus!!!?
Can you get Vegemite or emus in America without importing?
its a marker too
Kaiven huggles6 years ago
A sharpie is a famous brand of permanent marker. You can probably just use the pencil marks.
it is a black marker that that will write on almost anything and will not come off... just like any permanent marker
Rishnai huggles6 years ago
Oh my god, someone who doesn't know what a Sharpie is! They've really become kind of ubiquitous, and "Sharpie" can sometimes act like "Google" in a sentence: a brand name which became so common that it now means " permanent felt-tip marker," just like google means "search for on internet using a search engine." I guess we all forget that not all slang is universal.
Zorink huggles7 years ago
It's just the brand name of a fine-tip permanent marker.
not always fine tipped. Its just the brand name of a permanent marker.
allen8 years ago
Hey Tetranitrate, have you thought of using a modern nitro-based smokeless powder? More energetic then black powder but safer to handle and store. It's also available by the pound for, well, not a whole lot. It's also available in a wide range of burn rates and grain sizes. Not sure how it would work with your dextrin/alchol binder though.
"More energetic than black powder"

Sorry, people don't seem to realise these are two different words.
YES! I thought I was one of the few out there who cared! Nice to know we still exist.
Amen to that.
Grammar pedants unite!
baad spellarz of thuh werld untie!
pdub77 harigast5 years ago
I just correct grammar and spelling mentally. I'm starting to think people just don't care anymore. Or at least starting to wonder about the state of the education system these days. The only thing that gives me hope is knowing that Instructables is global and maybe these are people for whom English is a second language. : P
Derin pdub775 years ago
Not me.
--Thatguy--7 years ago
at the risk of sounding like a fool. Is charcoal the stuff you get when wood has been burnt? coz thats known to me as "coal" so i assumed it was short for charcoal but im a little confuzzled and just want to make sure.
just clarifying this for you. when wood has been "burnt" what is left is ash. if the combustion has not been complete (not enough oxygen) what is left is carbon in the form of charcoal.<--this is not coal. CameronSS (below) has already told you what coal is. :) do not confuse the two. theres a few million years between them.
Yep. A few million years. Only the universe isn't that old.
What is wrong with creationism?
and btw, ur not a fool. understandable mistake if others around u refer to it with innaccurate name.
Yes. Coal is created by compressing decaying plant and animal matter over long periods of time. Stinky muck is compressed into peat, which is compressed into lignite, bituminous, and then anthracite coal.
Would you give me the instructions to make the kind from "The Italian Job" if I asked nicely? My email address is . I understand if you would prefer otherwise. But I'd be very grateful if you would send it to me. Either way it's cool. Let me know what you decide. Have a great day! Sinisterly, The Not So Nice Guy
PKTraceur6 years ago
Tetranitrate, you may know Im slightly less... "Creative," (being used as a relative word here...) than you, but would you know of an alternate use of sulfur, or perhaps where to get it? Ive read part of Foxfire book 5, "Black powder is and isn't hard to make depending on which end you look at it from. It is a long and tiresome task if you make more than ten pounds at a time. "Out on the West Coast, as in some southern states, the trend by the government is to prevent its sale with mountains of red tape. Making your own black powder, however, is not unlawful as yet, as far as I know." "By weight measure, black powder is made of seventy-five parts saltpeter finely ground, fifteen parts charcoal, and ten parts sulfur. All ingredients must be fine ground separately. This can be accomplished with either a mortar and pestle, or with a hand-cranked flour mill. Never mix all three ingredients before grinding unless you want to turn your mill into a deadly grenade, or your mortar into a cannon that can blow off your fingers or even your hand." "Then the ingredients can be mixed with a small amount of water so the mixture comes out with biscuit-dough consistency. Usually when I mix the ingredients, I add just enough stale urine to make the batch bunch about like biscuit dough. The urine, substituted for water, gives the powder more oxygen and higher performance." "Flowers of sulfur is ideal for gun powder, and it can be bought in most drug stores in four-ounce bottles or pound cans." "It can also be found in pure deposits around volcanoes, and in early times, because it was found where molten lava issued from the earth, the sulfur condensed around the rims of the volcanoes was called brimstone." So, can you find it in drug stores? What exactly is "Flowers of Sulfur?"
Would you know of an alternate material for Dextrin? Where can I find Dextrin? Brand name, or othewise?
What percentage of alcohol in the rubbing alcohol?
use anything that will burn, but the best to use is the highest concentration.
So, 91% should work well?

Dextrin is a type of sugar. I've used plain table sugar with nearly the same results.

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