Picture of Homemade (Waterproof) Fuse, For Homemade Fireworks
It's simple, it's effective, it's waterproof.
This Instructable is for people who are playing with chemicals and making their own pyrotechnic devices.

The short video shows the fuse burning and nothing more.
The long video show exactly the same clip and three others with titles.


Step 1: Materials

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The essentials:

Cotton string.
Inorganic oxidising agent*

Polyethylene (HDPE) milk bottle (or similar)
A knife or scissors
A mortar & pestle
Ink/dye (optional)

*If you're making fireworks you'll have some, e.g. KNO3.
Back then I could get sodium-chlorate weed-killer (it's broad-spectrum) where ~50% was just salt. You put it through a sive and the big-lumps are what you want.
Last time I bougts some the salt was caked onto the lumps like Nerds etc,,
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BaoN10 months ago

You can get water-soluble N fertilizer which is almost entirely KNO3.

mthosar10 months ago

can I use blackpowder or some thing else ???? because in india oxidizers and nitrates are not availbale on a scale where you can buy them .

mthosar10 months ago

can I use blackpowder or some thing else ???? because in india oxidizers and nitrates are not availbale on a scale where you can buy them .

JakubM111 months ago

Perhaps you could use something flamable to glue the oxidiser. What about parafin or resin?

Cubie26 years ago
Would powdered sugar work as an oxidizer?
lemonie (author)  Cubie26 years ago
No, you need something like a nitrate

Cubie2 lemonie6 years ago
I am having trouble finding ANY nitrate. Help? (If you know where to get pottasium Nitrate that would be awesome!!!)
cubie2, if you live in US just go to lowes and buy spectrcide stump remover it come in granules.
tried couldn't find it anywhere (yes i live in the us most people do.)
akinich Cubie24 years ago
to cubie 2
actually most poeple dont live in the us
india and china are the most populated countries in the world
for india the population is 1,186,032,000 (2010 estimate , cencus is going on)
for china the population is 1,338,612,968
and for usa the population is 310,249,000
shocking isnt it?

Cubie2 did not say that most people live in the US. Your reply did not help

bremac Cubie25 years ago
why not try a different oxidizer like percarbonate or calcium peroxide, percarb is in oxyclean and peroxide you get from hydroponics shops. they both make great flash powders.
bustedit Cubie25 years ago
right, most people live in the U.S. brilliant.
get some sodium chlorate (weedkiller) make sure its above 50% that should do and if you melt it down with sugar 2:3 it makes smoke bombs :)
lemonie (author)  Cubie26 years ago
would amonium nitrate work? the kind in instant cold packs
lemonie (author)  junits156 years ago
I don't think so, but you could try it and see? L
not a bad idea
dla888 junits155 years ago
They make ANFO explosive. With Ammonium Nitrate as the oxidizer and fuel oil as the "fuel", I don't see why it wouldn't work. I could be wrong though.
bremac dla8885 years ago
actually the ammonium nitrate is both the oxidizer and the fuel, secondary high explosives by definition contain both the ox and fuel in one molecule. anfo is sometimes called a binary but its not a binary like astrolite or tannerite. the fuel oil is just there because ammonium nitrate gives out a surplus of oxygen which can be used to burn the fuel oil. it doesn't act like a thermobaric because the oil is soaked into the nitrate therefore can't be dispersed. won't work for a fuse, stuff is hard to get burning at the best of times due to its very hygroscopic nature. if you dessicated it then mixed with the fuel (an is only ox and fuel for high order detonation, it won't burn) and dessicated again then made the fuse and dipped it into something waterproof like nail polish then it might work if its very intimately mixed.


gabegeforce4 years ago
is the inorganic Inorganic oxidising agent the sodium-cholrate? the weed killer which can be bought in farming stores where they sell potassium nitrate?
A good way to make sodium chlorate for mass production is to use electrolysis.
Check out this guide: http://denialmedia.ca/?p=18
lemonie (author)  gabegeforce4 years ago
thank you!! I guess I have to do this now, I'm excited, I'm making my smoke bomb, I wanted to make a pull ring action using matches but I wanna try it with a firework fuse first. this is great!! by the way, I can't find a organic dye to color my smoke bomb, do you have any idea what will work to put color in my smoke bomb?
cbaik2 years ago
Was that soundtrack from dwarf fortress?
is there a substitute for inorganic oxidising agent
lemonie (author)  smiley G.I JOE2 years ago
An organic one I suppose, like nitrocellulose or glyceryltrinitrate.

will this burn into holes (i.e. a rocket engine) or will it die when it hits the clay nozzle?
copper tube4 years ago
please answer soon! did you can only put epoxy on the rope and tada its a fuse
lemonie (author)  copper tube4 years ago

No, glue alone doesn't burn like that.

Raydoom4 years ago
instead of epoxy could you use dextrin? ,its like pyro glue wen mixed with water
lemonie (author)  Raydoom4 years ago

Yea, but it'd not be water-resistant.

jpoopdog4 years ago
also i want to ask, would this work if i replaced the epoxy with bike tire rubber solution, and if anyone else has tried with it
lemonie (author)  jpoopdog4 years ago
You could try it?
(I don't know)

i will, i have already orderd some of the stuff from ebay, i just wanted to be sure is i swear ive heard it soem where else that you can use liquid rubber.
anyway ill ask you this, what consitancy was the oxidizer used, was it like flower? or larger thasn that?
lemonie (author)  jpoopdog4 years ago

Like flour. (or icing-sugar)

exellent, thats how fine i managed to make it, i also just found some epoxy, so ill have to try it right away
jpoopdog4 years ago
you know, ive come to notice that you havent mentioned exactly what oxidizer you used, you said what one you can use, but not the one you did use, also, epoxy glue comes in two parts, and you didnt say anything about using the other part of epoxy. are we supposed to only use the epoxy, and not the hardener?

nextly what i also need to know is, you have to dip the cotton in water at the end of the instructable?, you said if it doesnt burn, dip in water and try again........ how does tht work?
lemonie (author)  jpoopdog4 years ago
For 2-part epoxy you use both parts.
I don't recommend messing with sodium chlorate.
You don't have to dip it in water, that just demonstrates that it does still burn.

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