Colored Flames

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Introduction: Colored Flames

This is the exact recipe to make colored flames at home! not very expensive. completely spectacular! i was actually the person you sold the patent for colored flamed candles so the buyers of the patent are going to be angry if they find out. anyways this is the insructable to go to if you want colored flames. i prefer the blue flames.



i am not respnsible for any stupid actions you may perform during making this intructable

Step 1: Ingrediants

• 3 parts Potassium sulphate (Chromealum) and 1 part potassium nitrate (Salt Peter) for violet flames
• Strontium chloride for red flames
• Calcium chloride (bleaching powder) for blue flames
• Magnesium sulphate (Epson Salts) for white flames
• Baronsalts (Borax) for yellowish-green flames
• Copper sulphate (blue vitrol/Bluestone) for green flames
• Sodium chloride (table salt) for yellow flames

Step 2: How to Make It Happen

what you do is dissolve the chemical in water. boiling may be required

RATIO
1 cup chemical:1 cup water

this is how i did it

Colorful flames: 1/2 lb. baking soda to 1/2 gallon of water, or 1/2 lb. borax to 1/2 gallon of water, or 1/2 lb. salt to 1/2 gallon of water. Soak pinecones overnight and put in mesh bag to dry You may also treat pinecones, coarse sawdust or cork waste and throw them into the fireplace to color the fire. They are far easier to treat and take less time to dry. Here are two methods for treating bases such as course sawdust, pinecones and cork waste

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    74 Comments

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    PatrickJ81
    PatrickJ81

    4 years ago

    You cannot patent that. What workable function does it serve? What is your design patent on a color of a flame from chemicals that have been around forever ??

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    IndyGamerMonkey
    IndyGamerMonkey

    Reply 3 years ago

    What can be patented, though, is the method or compound in which a solution or other chemical/salt is suspended within the medium to allow for consistent coloration and burn quality.

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    DylanDrew01
    DylanDrew01

    3 years ago

    Can this somehow be turned into candles that burn in different colours... The instructions are for wood and things like that, candle wax would be different as it can't soak up the liquid.

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    jwaters1121
    jwaters1121

    5 years ago

    i cannot find any store that carries menthol in the US as the one science project my son copied from the internet for high schoolers

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    maxrosh
    maxrosh

    Reply 4 years ago

    Several Auto products are actually 99% methanol. Heet is an example of one.

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    SimonH103
    SimonH103

    5 years ago

    Copper chloride makes a blue flame, not calcium chloride as you have written (that will make an orange flame).

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    clzfishing
    clzfishing

    11 years ago on Step 2

    Can you mix some of these ingreadents togeather to make a rambow type flame ?  If you can how much should i put of each ingreadent then match with water ?

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    SaskiaD3
    SaskiaD3

    Reply 5 years ago

    I've been able to mix strontium chloride and cupric chloride in a spray bottle with isopropyl and have two distinct colors of flames when I spritz over a flame. I've tried mixing in other chemicals to make an opalescent flame, but they just come out as whatever they're closest to on a color wheel. Sometimes I can mix something in to get a sparkly blue on the edges of the green.

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    Brainiac90
    Brainiac90

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Great Instructable. I noticed you have a black flame in your picture, do you know what chemical to use for a black flame? Also has anyone tried making color variations (i.e changes from one color to another) I would love to here about your experiences with this.

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    magicentral
    magicentral

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    it is impossible to create black flame, that pic. must have been photo edited, because fire is not a material thing and is just heat and light. Since black is the absence of light a black flame would be an invisible or nonexistent flame.

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    TobyR6
    TobyR6

    Reply 5 years ago

    All I heard was science blah blah blah blah science science blah blah.

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    ilikechemicals
    ilikechemicals

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    the pic was edited but some people might think that a black flame is possible to make they mistake it for really sooty smoke. just some thing to think about.

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    Brainiac90
    Brainiac90

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I'm not sure if this photo was edited, but making these flames is possible. They're not actually black just a really dark gray, it's just easier to call them black flames. I have seen them before, and the only reason I really mentioned it is because I figured he may have forgotten to add it to the list. I do however appreciate your incredibly correct understanding of fire and the fact that you took the time to respond.

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    electro32
    electro32

    6 years ago

    To make a colored flame tiki torch?

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    ehne
    ehne

    6 years ago on Introduction

    is the smoke coming out of the flame safe to inhale

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    matthiias
    matthiias

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    No, smoke inhalation is pretty unsafe due to the carcinogens and lung damage that can be caused by smoke from combustion in general, in addition to that, a majority of the chemicals used to generate these colours contain Chlorine, or Sulfur, which are also quite harmful/ can be lethal.

    With that said, just using these outside for whatever reason shouldn't pose any real threat so long as general fire safety is applied and you're not actually TRYING to inhale the smoke, and by NO MEANS should you attempt to COOK with these chemically coloured flames.

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    manager800
    manager800

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I found this site which could be pretty helpful to anybody looking for certain chemicals in household products- http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/household/list?tbl=TblChemicals&alpha=A

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    ghammond-1
    ghammond-1

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Where can you get strotium chloride from to make the red flames. I did read somewhere that you can get it from emergency flares but wouldnt this be a bit dangerous.