Fireball Shooter!





Introduction: Fireball Shooter!

Make a flaming fireball shooter just like magicians use. Save $$ and MAKE your own! Awesome pyrotechnics effect! Safe to use indoors and out!

Step 1: What You Need...

1. 3/8-1/2" aluminum or copper rod. I used aluminum and got it at Home Depot. Cut to 3"
2. 1/4 X 28 nut - I had one in my parts bin
3. 1/2" Heatshrink tubing
4. 1.5v Glo-plug - Theater Effects
5. Flash cotton and flash paper.
6. JB Weld
7. Small zip ties
8. SPST Momentary Switch - Radio Shack
9. Butt splice
10. AA Battery holder and battery

Step 2: Build the Shooter Body

Mix up the JB Weld and apply some to the rod and the nut and center the nut on the rod. Let it sit overnight to set. Thread the glo-plug into the nut. I used the heatshrink tubing just because it made the rod easier to handle plus it looks better.

Step 3: Build the Controls

1. Cut the black end of the AA battery holder and strip the end. 2. Solder a short black wire to one end of the switch.
3. Solder the short end from the holder to the other end of the switch.
4. Hot glue the switch on the negative end of the AA battery holder.
5. Run the zip ties through the battery holder. I cut an additional hole so they would loop through.
6. Attach the holder to the assembled rod.
7. Trim the ends of the butt splice and if you got the right size, it should snap on the end of the glo-plug.
8. Trim the red (positive) wire from the battery holder and put it in the end of the butt splice. Use pliers to squeeze the end of the butt splice and make a solid contact with the red wire.

Step 4: Prepare Your Ammo...

The flash paper and flash cotton has to sit overnight because it is shipped wet per DOT requirements. When it is ready, pull a small 1/2" square of cotton and fluff it up. Then tear off a small approximately 5" square of flash paper and roll it up in a ball. Push the flash cotton in the rod and then the flash paper. I used the eraser end of a pencil to push it to the bottom of the rod. Careful not to push too hard or you could damage the glo-plug. Press the button on the switch and FIRE AWAY! Experimenting with different siezes of paper will result in different effects! Have fun, be safe!



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    Does anyone know where i can find the 1/4x28 nut. I tried home depot but the closest size they have is 1/4x 20

    Lowes has everything

    Lowes does not have 1/4-32 nuts. I bought a glow plug thinking they were all the same, but mine is an ODO99 and it requires a 1/4-32.

    I made a pair of these using 1/2" copper tubing and they work like a champ! Had to first JB Weld a washer onto the end because the opening is too big to stick a 1/4" nut on a 1/2" tube. I also just skipped the heatshrink tubing entirely, and soldered the connection to the glow plug instead of using a butt splice.

    I found it works best with a very very small amount of flash cotton followed by a decent size wad of flash paper crumpled not too tightly and stuffed down the barrel. It's important to stuff it down to the end of the barrel pretty good too. If you use too much flash cotton, it will eject the flash paper before the paper has a chance to ignite. If you use just flash paper without the flash cotton, you get more of a flamethrower effect instead of a projectile.

    So I made this.. the glo-plug works.. but I am find it hard to get the right combo of flash cotton and flash paper... If I ball the flash paper it doesn't ignite.. any advice?

    So far the best thing I have found is small fluffed up piece of cotton.. a tiny, tiny bit of paper and rolling a piece of flash paper like a cigarette and sliding it in the tube.

    To Fkhalsa, i done it for 21.32 in English money which is only 35.81 in US Dollars, so if your paying $65 then your buying it all from the wrong places, kipkay, i have watched nearly all your youtube videos, hopefully ill be like you in the future:DD keep up the great work:)))))

    Do you have to use a butt splice? If you don't, what do you have to do to not use it? (I've got all the stuff, except the butt splice, and I wanna know if I can just do it as is, or if I have to use the splice)

    do not Use a 1/2 copper or aluminum rod 1/2 shrink tubing will not fit ps someone thine telll me what the right size is no jokes please!!!

    I think he said he used 1/2" in the video. I used 7/16" brass, though I'd recommend going with a larger tube if you can, as the effect is much nicer.

    Before I had my tube I used a plastic thing that some toothpicks came in, which was closer to 3/4" on one end, though it narrowed slightly towards the back. The difference I noticed was that the wider tube creates much larger, nicer looking fireballs, but doesn't shoot them as far. On the other hand, the smaller brass tube still makes pretty nice looking fireballs, shoots them farther, and is pretty much necessary if you intend on using this for magic tricks (the bigger tube would be too visible from behind your hand).

    Overall, I think 1/2" is probably a pretty good size, and I'm pretty sure it is what is used in the ones you can buy in magic shops and online:
    5/8" would probably also work pretty well. Just decide which size you need based on whether you want to be able to conceal it or not, and then based on what type of effect you'd like to produce (farther shooting or bigger fireballs).

    As for the shrink wrap, that's really not necessary, it's just for looks. As you can see in the pictures above, the commercially produced ones prefer just the tube. This is probably because the brass blends with your skin better than black shrink tube, and they're normally made for magic tricks, so you want to keep them hidden.
    If you want to use the shrink tubing anyways, keep this in mind: shrink tubing is normally measured at it's un-shrunk size, so you will need a piece that is larger than your tube by a fair amount, which you can then shrink down over it using a hair dryer or lighter.
    It looks to me like (in the video) he happened to have a piece that was just large enough to slip snugly over his tube, and therefore didn't need to be shrunk, but it's more likely that a piece of the same diameter will not fit, and therefore you'd do better by shrinking a large one down. Keep in mind also that it will shrink slightly in length too, so cut it a little long at first.