This is my first instructable, so please bear with me. Many times in the course of building / re-purposing items for various projects I have encountered a need to add some level of flame resistance to certain elements of the project.
While this procedure won't make any items flame proof, it will minimize the probability of ignition. In this tutorial I will offer a possible solution for flammability problems along with the recipe and the results from a quick and dirty experiment. This technique will only work for natural materials such as wood, cotton, jute, and paper or the like. It will not work for synthetic materials such as polyester, nylon, polypropylene or anything else that did not originally come from a plant or tree.
Step 1: What you will need
Borax (sodium borate) laundry booster
A measuring cup
A 1 Tablespoon measuring spoon
An old sauce pan
A storage container
Some sort of applicator ( paint brush, spray bottle, etc)
Step 2: Procedure
You want to make a saturated solution
Boil 1 cup of water
Add 2.5 tablespoons of Borax to the boiling water
Stir until the Borax dissolves
Allow to cool to room temperature. Some of the Borax will precipitate out as the solution cools. This is normal, the clear liquor left is the flame retardant mixture.
Pour the clear liquid into storage container or spray bottle.
Step 3: Application
You can use a spray bottle or brush
Wet the heck out of the item to be protected. Make sure it is saturated.
If you run out of solution, make more, because the item has to be absolutely positively soaked.
When you think its wet enough, wet it some more
Allow to dry
Once the solution dries, it is very important to keep it dry as any water contact will wash the protection off.