Step 8: Bring on the Glow!

Let's be honest, you came here to see some glowing potion bottles, correct? The easiest and probably the most striking is the use of glow stick fluid. I will not attempt to produce my own glow stick fluid (and neither should you), it's not necessarily safe and the chemical components are expensive/difficult to contain/dangerous (depending on the fluorescent dye chosen). If you are interested in understanding how a glow stick works, NurdRage has an excellent tutorial on youtube: http://youtu.be/tItOOpyJP5k

The easiest (and cheapest) method of obtaining glow fluid is to simply purchase it at a dollar store. While most glow sticks sold in stores are non-toxic, try to purchase some that actually state it on the package. Start by activating the glow stick, then clip both ends off with a pair of shears or tin snips. Pour the fluid into the bottle, taking care to watch for glass (when you activate a glow stick, you are actually breaking a glass tube filled with peroxide).

Rather than fill the entire bottle with glow fluid - which would be cost prohibitive - I cut the solution with a 1:1 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. Generally, it takes two "bracelet" glow sticks or one "necklace" glow stick combined with the above mixture to noticeably glow. Depending on the color, temperature, and peroxide solution this mixture can glow for up to 48 hours. In all fairness, however, the intensity will drop by half over a period of every 2 hours.

I will add that, despite being non-toxic, do NOT drink this mixture.
<p>So nice!</p>
<p>really great! Just one Q, How does the hydrogen peroxide/water solution extend the glow time? Do you know?</p>
<p>Have you considered using glycerin or another ingredient as an emulsifier so that the liquid doesn't separate? </p>
<p>Great instructable! If you use a UV LED of short enough wavelength (they seem to come in a couple of slightly different colors), you should be able to get the glow fluid fluoresce even after its original glow has died away.</p>
<p>I just tried this and I had the same experience as you show in your pictures and all though the effect is pretty good, I really didn't like how the glow fluid sat in the bottom of the jar. I added a drop of dish soap and shook it up which helped quite a bit.</p>
You gave me the idea for my cosplay and my science fair project thanks
Hi, Have you tried putting light and battery in the metal ring in the bottom?
This is a brilliant idea!
What was the Mason jar for?
i musy be doing something really wrong when it comes to the glowing water....i mix the hydrogen peroxide, water and liquid, but the liquid just lays on the bottom of the jar...any suggestions?
i thought i would be able to use a light bulb for the jar since there similar but still great im sooooo going to do this
I just did our lampshade-which-is-actually-a-vase following your instructions! You're right, it's so much easier to just go by the pictures! Thanks for taking the time to make this instructable :)
From step 3 to step 6 it would be MUCH easier with a video, and could you make some photos of how to attach it to an outfit, please?
These potion pots are Great!!
Beautiful Instructable! Your photos are total eye candy, very magic.
Very Cool, its a perfect gift for Warcraft fans.
Welldone, a nice I'ble... Speaking as a Scout leader it's nice to see someone who remembers the knots we teach! hehehe<br><br>
Nice project.<br> <br> <sub>(If you're on a budget, you can get presses that will hold a hand-drill: <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-confuzzle-your-friends-with-the-Puzzle-Stic/">see step 2</a> - that cost me about &pound;15)</sub><br>
Nice! I've seen these before, maybe I should try to make one of my own... After all, I built a combination circular/table saw&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Combination-CircularTable-Saw/">here</a>.

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