A while back my friend asked an easy way to make a bottle rocket .....so this Instructable was born
- Make sure to wear the proper protective gear such as some kind of glasses for eye protection, safety glasses would be best .....
*some sort of breathing protection would also be advised
- gloves help as well so you don't burn yourself
Check the video for a picture of me dressed like a ninja with homemade safety wear and my first three rocket launches
I tried embedding it but alas, photo bucket is lame. so you get a crappy long link ....YAYhttp://s46.photobucket.com/albums/f136/goawayndstay/?action=view¤t=ceec0f6c.pbr
PS. if you like it ....rate it up .....don't flake !
Step 1: What You Will Need
1. Post its
3. a small bit of fuse
4.a small mixing bowl
5.A mortar and pestle
6.needle nose pliers
7. duct or scotch tape
8. wooden skewers
10. A nail
11. Black Powder
- Pictures of these will be listed in order below
Step 2: Begin Rolling the Tube
Fold your post it in half horizontally sticky side up so the sticky part bonds with the non-sticky part
And Begin rolling the tube
Step 3: Tape the Tube
Using scotch tape preferably, tape the tube tightly on the pencil
Step 4: Kitty Litter Grind Up
Grind your kitty litter using the mortar and pestle
Note: this is sometimes very difficult
Step 5: Pour the Litter
Put about 1/4 inch of kitty litter into the tube being sure to press tightly against the working surface so not to spill any out.
Then,put the pencil in after to litter
Starting slowly, pound the pencil into the tube compressing the kitty litter
- The reason Kitty Litter is used is because it is almost 100% Bentonite clay which is the same thing used in model rockets (the sealant)
Step 6: Add the Black Powder
Follow the Litter with the Black Powder being sure to compact it thoroughly.
Step 7: MakeYour Nossel
Taking the hammer and nail .....or better yet a drill bit in a drill.... CAREFULLY tap the nail into the top layer of litter all the way through to the black powder(this is the nossel)
Ps the smaller the hole, the more propulsion. But with a better chance of it exploding on ignnition
Step 8: FUSETASTIC
Take a bit of fuse and cut it with the needle nose pliers About 2" will do fine
bend the last bit of the fuse about an eighth of an inch onto itself.
Step 9: Its Beginning to Look Alot Like *Rockets*
Insert fuse into hole made by the nail ....if needed you can also put a small ball of paper in the hole to hold it in but mine usually stay fine
Step 10: Scewer Galor !
Get your skewers. For this size of rocket the skewers were too big so i cut them
Step 11: Coming Along
Using more scotch tape or in my case ductape, tape the skewer onto the rocket
Step 12: AND BAM....YOUR DONE
Thats about it ....Enjoy
If there are any questions please, comment, and i will do my best to answer them
Oh I almost forgot, please use these responsibly. you never know what could happen.
Also check the local laws in your area or zip code, to make sure bottle rockets are legal
- One Last Note.... If your first bottle rocket does not shoot as planned don't give up ....it may be that its too heavy or that you nossle is just the wrong size.
Happy Rocketing !
Hopefully the video will work ....If not go here:http://s46.photobucket.com/albums/f136/goawayndstay/?action=view¤t=rocketvideo_0001.flv