How to Make a Smoke Marker




Introduction: How to Make a Smoke Marker

I call this a smoke marker, but really its a smoke bomb in a whiteboard marker pen. Its a ringpull smoke bomb, or should i say 'cap' pull. 

Its very easy to make, but its messy, and works pretty well.

whatever you use it for is upto you but i take no responsibility for any damage caused by it.
Solvent dye dyes everything, hands, clothes, even my concrete garage floor ! try be as tidy and responsible as you can.

now the formalities are over, lets get started !

Step 1: Ingredients

The smoke bomb mixture is made from:
Potassium Chlorate
Solvent Dye

Thats the only 3 ingredients, everything else is simply a container or a tool for measuring or whatever.

As a general rule a 50-30-20 ratio of dye-KClO3-Lastose works well.

for this instructable i wanted to make 50 grams of smoke mix, so half the ratio and thats your weights.

25g Solvent dye (red in this case)
15g Potassium Chlorate (powdered)
10g Lactose (granulated) 

you will also need:
a marker (obviously)
visco fuse (or another substitute)

Step 2: Mixing the Mix

Measure out 10g of Lastose and put in the mortar and pestle, grind it so it is nice and powdered much like the potassium chlorate.

measure out 15g of potassium chlorate, mine was quite lumpy so i put it in with the lactose and ground it a bit more, less vigorously though because this mix will ignite without the dye.

Step 3: The Messy Part


there are no pictures of this step measuring out and mixing the dye in because it goes everywhere and i didnt want red dye all over my white phone.

Measure your 25g of Dye (whatever colour you like, however ive found this red works well) and add it to the other 2 ingredients, in either the bowl you used to grind in or a separate one. 

You want to fold it, as if adding choc chips to a cookie mix, and keep folding it until it is one consistant colour, e.g no white bits. There were some white bits in mine, which was uncrushed lactose granules, not a big deal. as long as its mostly mixed very well.

Step 4: The Container

Take apart your white board marker. 

Im sure this doesnt HAVE to be a whiteboard marker, you could easily adapt this for a sharpie or such like.

take the nib, and ink reservoir out of your pen and chuck away (i already done this to test my 'blasting cap')

Step 5: The Ignitor

Cut a match to suit the length of your cap, i had a nice wee ledge to measure from which kept the match in place.

cut another length of fuse, it doesnt have to be huge, but enough to dip 1/2 way into your smoke mix.

jam them both into the nib holder so they are nice and tight, and also level.

There are no pictures of this because again, its very messy and it didnt want my phone messed up.
ass one or 2 spoonfuls and compact it with something (i used a pen)
fill it as far as you can go without preventing the nib holder to be re-inserted.

then re-insert your nib. you will get a marker which simply looks like it had a match and fuse sticking out the end.

Step 6: How the Ignitor...ignites

cut a small piece of the ignitor strip from your match box, and fold it over the match head.

then slowly attach the cap, trying not to jerk it otherwise it could ignite.

and TA DAAAA your smoke marker bomb ring pull thing is done =)

Step 7: Trying It Out

Im not actually sure how to embed videos into an instructable so ill give you a link to youtube, showing how well this one worked.

The other link (the below one) is a bigger smoke bomb i made from the excess powder.

hope you enjoyed, and please, be responsible =)



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