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Pyrotechnics Ignitor

My current hobby is EVERYTHING TO DO WITH FIRE. Usually I burn ethanol (I am not a super green person i just cant buy gasoline) . Can i just use an old camera and take the power from the flash and use this as a detonator. I would like something a little nicer WITH A BIG RED BUTTON though lol.

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will this work? - pyrotechnical ideas

I was wondering - What would happen if I lit a book of paper matches on fire? wood matches? How could i use this to start off an explosive reaction? can fire launch a model rocket engine?

Topic by sugg22    |  last reply


MAGIC BOX pyrotechnics !! ?? lol

I would love to invite you guys to my brainstorm! I need help hahahah. I want to make a box that opens and has sparklers go off, maybe some fog via a smoke bomb? Lights... hahahah. I want this box to perform. I am going to give this to my friend with the gift inside, so I can imagine having little pointers like "light here" etc. I've tried to google this, but I am not finding any crazy magic boxes that do things kinda dangerous like this lol. Have you seen one, have you seen similar installations? My goal is to figure out the best way, and do an instructable on it, how I manage to orchestrate it. Any tips, pointers, experience would be amazing! This box will end up shoe-box size or smaller, and I may line it with aluminum to deflect the sparklers and reflect the light LOL. :D Thanks in advance! <3

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Pyrotechnic chems shopping spree. Ideas?

We're already doing thermite, smoke bombs, black powder... We has lots o' money. Any suggestions for some fun? Purchasing over internet.

Question by milamber    |  last reply


Fire Ball

I am looking to build a device to launch indoor ball of flame, 2 to 4 ft in diameter without taking the house down.  Was considering propane as fuel.  I am working in an area with 14 foot ceiling.  Had thought of using paintball gun valving but I am not out to re invent the wheel.  If anyone has any ideas or plans I would thankfull.

Topic by rogerrwj  


Explosions for football game

I am a chemistry teacher and I need to make a set of explosions for the football team to run through. The run on the field and the explosions go off on each side of them Any ideas. I may fill a dozen metal coated baloons with hydrogen and, and ignite them with some sort of electric spark strong enough to pepetrate the baloon. I'll put six of them on each side of the path that the team runs out through under the goal post. And how will I make the system to spark them off (electric plug in?)(capacitors, tesla coils, etc.?) thanks

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Pyrotechnics in crash course (abc tv show)?

I'm a pyro myself and I was wondering if anybody who has seen crash course on abc, knows how they do the explosions whenever they crash through something (like when they flip over and see who can slide on their roofs for the longest or smash through a brick wall?) and it explodes in this big fiery explosion .... just mostly how it works.

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I Need to know How to Make a Sparkaler Rocker

I have a question for all those pyrotechnics out there. How do I make a GOOD and WILL work sparkaler rock, I have tried to make my own but with no sucsses.

Question by Danny marie  


Where do I get/What brand of mothballs have Naphaline(didnt spell that right)? Answered

When I went to Walgreens (a friend thought he saw mothballs there) I didn't find any mothballs, but mabey they were outta stock. When I went tp Wal-Mart they were all out of stock. So if you all could help me save a little time by telling me what brands or where to find them, that would be awesome

Question by Nicky Pyro C.    |  last reply



What type of aluminium powder is best for flash powder. Answered

Hi I know that there are great and experienced pyrotechnics on this site so I need your advice if its good with you all. What type of aluminium powder is best for flash powder is it German dark, Indian dark, or 1250 mesh 10 micron aluminium powder. To all those into pyrotechnics I am glad to meet you through this site because I am obsessed with fireworks.

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anyone got any ideas about detonating fireworks with a mobile ? i would like to know how!? Answered

I have heard that you can light fuses with a mobile ! is this true ? how??

Question by rosstheexplodingone    |  last reply


Fire Balls?

Hey, I'm back. Well, I never left, I just never came on Instructables. I'm on the forums on BYMC all the time, though. If you go looking for me, I am known as Alt Ctrller on there, and AIM. Well, i was surfing youtube, and I came on this video, and I was dumbstruck. How are they not burning they're fingers? What the hell? So I scanned Google for the burning point of Ronsonol Lighter fluid, known as Naptha and white gas, campstove gas, and coleman fuel. No results. It looks like he made a round "wick", and thats it. But how is he not burning himself? My ideas:-Burns really low(relatively)-heat rises, no burns-no contact long enough-he's high and he can't feel the burns-he's just stupid-a combination of any one of the above fiveWhat's your take? I know I'm going to try it, I like risks....But what about denatured alcohol? also known as meths and methelated spirits....?would they burn too hot?

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Fuse in Canada

I live in Canada and im a big pyrotechnic. ive been making firecrackers and small pyrotechnics for about a year. ive been using a fuse that i made out of wool and black powder, but i crave the real stuff! i want to know a way i can ship or buy fuse in canada.

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How do i convince my parents to let me go into pyrotechnics as a hobbie?

My mother won't let me make fireworks or anything. So i can't buy fuses and i have to make all my fireworks from household materials so my mom won't get suspicious, she'd never let me play with fire. Any suggestions on convincing her to let me become a pyrophysist?

Question by PyroMaster007    |  last reply


Awesome display of military precision and percussion.

Awesome display of military precision, percussion and pyrotechnics at the 2009 Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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What's the best book for making fireworks in the UK? Answered

I live in the UK. I would like to start making fireworks and would like a book on that subject. What would you suggest buying, and where can i get it? Thanks

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Is there a way i can can control the arduino from a distance

(code and program wise) And not using the arduino's seral monitor? programs could be VB Pytham Pixilate... code ????????????

Question by Pyrotechnic-Robot    |  last reply


Is there a way to remove Titanium Dioxide from a soap? Answered

It's a weird colored soap, and noticed titanium dioxide in the ingrediants. Can't this be used in pyrotechnics?

Question by PKTraceur    |  last reply


Where can i find fuse? Answered

I live in Johannesburg, and I don't want to buy any fuse online.  Is there anywhere where I can buy fuse here?  I live in Houghton.

Question by BOOM5601    |  last reply


how does pine and willow charcoal differ from plain old random tree charcoal when used in pyrotechnics? Answered

hello, i am starting up an online store, and am already starting to sell some of my pyrotechnic supplies, such as manganese dioxide and charcoal, but i just realised, on ebay (my online store is not an ebay store), people are only ever selling pine charcoal or willow charcoal! which doesnt make much sense since is a super fine powder and is made up of carbon. i need to know what makes these so much different from regular random tree charcoal that comes from just anywhere, and, is the charcoal i have now, which is of unknown origin, but mostly of from pine-like trees in the tropics, the same? i need to know if it makes any difference since i dont want angry customers demanding refunds because it isnt as good as other charcoal!

Question by oldmanbeefjerky    |  last reply


What happened to all the categories?

Just wondering what happened to a lot of the categories? When I used to come on this site there were a lot more, including the good 'ol section (forgot the name) dedicated to 'unrefined' projects (ie. constructing projectiles out of office supplies, constructing devices that could cause potential danger if misused, pyrotechnics, etc). Anyone know?

Topic by Rauffle    |  last reply


How to make a cheap remote control Igniter?

Does anyone know how to make a remote igniter for pyrotechnics? Don't worry I'm not a terrorist, I just need one for an upcoming RC Air Show, we're doing WWII dogfights and we need smoke trails. I was thinking of using a shock collar for training dogs, but at +40 dollars, it's a bit expensive.  Thanks  

Question by halo99    |  last reply


Can you control an Arduino with Visual Basic? Answered

If it is posible could some awesome person give me the code for Visual basic express to light a light on the arduino by clicking on a button in VB I am trying to control a vecial that has alot of motors and sensors so i thought to use an ardoino instead of a 20 wire teather. It wil stil hfave a teather but it will only be a USB wire. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Question by Pyrotechnic-Robot    |  last reply


THE BEST FUEL

Hello I am looking for the most accessible, cheapest, hottest burning, most efficient fuel and maybe even environmentally friendly. And what would be already in my house(and NO I AM NOT MODIFYING MY NATURAL GAS PIPES).So post what you think. I usually burn fuels in those little pop can stoves, and in my pyrotechnics. Thats Not My Stove. But Its VERY similar.

Topic by littlechef37    |  last reply


A little help with an infra red remote

Hi I'm trying to build a infra red remote control & receiver to simply switch power on for launching model rockets & other pyrotechnic devices. So far here is the schematic I've come up with so far. I was wondering if it would work or if there was another component needed.. (sorry I am not good with electronics yet) Like an IC? All that would be needed is for the power to be switched on, no off would be needed. Please help me out and lets discuss it.

Topic by owenthelostboy    |  last reply


Black Powder for use in fireworks

I want to get into pyrotechnics as a hobby, and i thought i would start with rocketry. So my questions are: What is the best for a lifting charge for fireworks or a rocket, very very fine particles, or coarse granules? i read somewhere on the internet that granules are best, but all over instructables it says to grind it really well. And also, would adding steel powder/magnesium powder to enhance the spark effects alter the BP? like would magnesium make it more sensitive? Please answer, Thanks.

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Makers Wanted

Proper Television is looking for Makers to star in a new TV series. If selected for the show, you will enter a series of build competitions, including making things such as: -Modifying a lawnmower into a 70mph drag racer -Designing catapults to hurl pumpkins across football fields -Constructing Rube Goldberg machines -Building human-powered submarines Our goal is to find multifaceted individuals with aptitude in numerous fields pertinent to these sorts of projects. People with experience in things like engineering, electronics, physics, welding, pyrotechnics, construction, engines and industrial design—these are the sorts we’re looking to get in touch with. Does this sound like you? What about someone you know? Let us know, we'd love to hear from you! Email Jesse at jesse@propertelevision.com Thanks! Jesse

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Instructable Not Showing Up In Searches

   Hello, I have made an Instructable here out of Marshmallows: (https://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Fireworks-From-Marshmallows-a-Pyrotech/)    It is a sort of Pyrotechnic Putty that I have made for use as a easily mold-able solid state fuel, I know that it has probably been caught up by the automatic filters, but it is almost 11:00 Am here in Michigan and it still has not cleared...   Does anyone know what hours that the Employees over at Instructables work..? Otherwise should I not expect it to be approved before a certain time, or is this happening because over the weekend their Instrutables HQ gets a little backed up, by the new Filter Catches, and their just getting to it..? Also if an Instructable was rejected is their anyway for me to know? Email, Notification (Ect..?) Thanks, -Shaye

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Looking For Game Show Contestants

DISCOVERY SCIENCE NOW CASTING A NEW GAME SHOW!!! The producers are looking for builders, scientist, inventors, engineers, carpenters, welders, mechanics, architects... who love to invent new gadgets; build robots; racing power tools; weld together bizarre machines that drive, fly, climb, shoot flames or launch projectiles... for a team challenge that will show off your handy skills such as: welding, knowledge of aeronautics, auto mechanics, hydraulics, carpentry, pyrotechnics, thermodynamics, aerodynamics, material science, electronics... If you, or someone you know, is a gonzo engineer/scientist or just a high-energy, creative, fun, builder Then email, your name and contact information to: icnbld@yahoo.com This Game Show is for thinkers, dreamers and doers, who are eager to let their inner Mac Gyvers be seen, and are ready to collaborate with a team of other builders to beat the clock in order to "SAVE" the BIG PRIZE!!

Topic by demolition399  


Gift Exchange Entry

My skills include: Cord work, and chainmaille What I'd like to make for someone: Paracord accessories, wire accessories, small chainmaille items I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply): (S ,M,L) Small I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: Of course. What I like: Anything nice and sleek. What I don't like: Items that have no real purpose besides looking nice I absolutely can't have: (due to allergies, pets, etc ) Nothing. Type of thing I'd love to receive: A nice minimalist wallet, preferably black, a money clip, belt, metalcrafts, any sort of laser or pyrotechnic items, lockpicks  Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? Yes, but only to the USA (I'm in Western Canada) Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: I have permission.

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Electric Ring Wheel Prop - Is a Tesla Coil the way to go?

So here's the deal:  I need to make an electrical ring prop, and while I have basic electrical knowledge, I'm a noob at High Voltage applications.  What I need is to produce electrical streamers, such as what you see from a Tesla coil (at least an inch if possible) to appear to be sparking off and around a spinning wheel held in a fork (ie. the front wheel of a bike).    What would be the safest and cheapest (in that order) way to accomplish this?   Optional requirements: It would be perfect in all ways if it uses a DC power supply for locational freedom, and if it can be made so that a person can actually sit on the bike without you know, dying.  But work-arounds for those are doable, we just need the visual effect. Edit: CG isn't in the cards for us, and we've tried the others already.  LEDs and glowsticks etc. look just like what they are: cheap spinning lights, and pyrotechnic type sparks and such look more like the bike is busted and about to blow than anything else.  Your first thought is "oh my god you're frying the bearings!" 

Question by HalcyonDaze    |  last reply


Prop Help!!

Hi, I am working as a crew member for the musical Little Shop of Horrors. We need to trigger a confetti blast, a strobe and a sound clip to play with an 8th of second of each other. I was thinking of using a paintball gun (without paint balls) hooked up to a solenoid (or motor with a cam) linked to a computer controlled relay. The plan would be is to use a some wading to launch the confetti out of the gun and have the strobe only blink once right as the sound was triggered. Also we are not allowed to use real pyrotechnics because the madison fire department sucks (safety first, i know). So I guess we could use ether a paintball gun, or an air compressor that is located off stage with a really long line. Also it needs to all fit on a cart the size of a bed side table. So, how should we control them? Computer controlled relay or something else? Also if possible we would like to make the whole thing go off remotely. Either using RF or inferred. Worst case scenario is a small wire that singers/dance wont trip over and die. All suggestions and comments are welcome!! Please comment with any ideas no matter how simple of difficult!! Thanks in advance.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Joe Rowley

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Building a home-training program?

Sup all! I'm really interested in becoming a modern ninja, so I googled it a bit. In order to be an urban ninja, I will have to learn parkour and the highlighted of the traditional 18 ninja skills, others will be useless.(Horsemanship? It's Urban Ninjutu, in a city...) Check wikipedia here for more info. unarmed combat sword techniques stick and staff techniques throwing weapons techniques pyrotechnics and explosives disguise and impersonation stealth and entering methods water training tactics espionage escaping and concealment meteorology geography I need to find a good book/DVD series that will teach me traditional Ninjutsu, thus will teach me all of the listed skills. I want to focus mainly on unarmed combat, followed by stick, staff and sword techniques and weapon throwing. The rest is stealth, to sneak into places without being detected. That should make me a basic ninja. Finally, after I'll know these, I will study the less important skills - the italic skills.  What I ask for help is, to give me a good DVD or a book that will teach me either parkour or Taijutsu(unarmed combat). These are the things I want the most, explained before. I prefer the course to be free, like an online study course.

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Making Copper (II) Chloride From Acid and Copper

Ok, so last 4th I made fireworks for a small- and I mean small- display, and it turned out fairly well. I only had two complaints- a) It wasn't that colorful, as I was only using pine and palm charcoal for color: reddish orange.b)it wasn't electrical, and took alot of visco, as I wanted everything to go off near-instantaneously. Well, I am going to solve problem b by getting e-matches off of Skylighter, but solving a is a little harder. Then, I read that certain copper compounds could be added to create a green to green-blue color in the flame. Well, I like that idea, but I didn't know where to get the copper compounds. So I kinda left it. UNTIL TODAY!I found this page on making copper (II) chloride. Well, it seemed straightforward enough, so I was going to try it. I was only wondering about two things:a) why on the description on this page about it include hydrogen peroxide, but the page does not even mention it?b)is this safe? I guess I should be outside for the hotplate part- I can't imagine boiling/simmering HCI, inside.c) is this even possible? Does it: 1)create a form of copper that could be used with success in pyrotechnics? 2)create copper chloride at all?Any answers are appreciated. Even if they don't directly pertain to the topic, POST ANYWAY! Makes it more interesting.

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The best way to destroy a treehouse?

Ok, basically, these guys claimed to have part-built our treehouse. We are 100% certain that they didn't, our neighbour helpfully pointed a cctv camera at it, and has been there since it's initial frame construction. Now, they won't let us in our tree house... they've padlocked it... It's on private land, our neighbours who likes us (me and mates, he doesn't mind us there...) Our parents have spoken to theirs, and they said to our parents that they don't give a sh** about our treeshack. It is between our three yards, mine (counts as me + friends), neighbour (owner), gits who took it over... The only way to end this, as we have thought, is to end it. We want to get it gone quickly, so as not to attract attention while we're there. We have a garage full of airsoft pyrotechnics and fireworks. Our neighbour doesn't mind us there with pyro's either... Our plan: Pop smoke all around perimiter, especially near camera so as to frame them.... fill a cardboard box with fireforks (roman candles and rockets) and fill with cotton wool... Light 1 via fuse leaning out of box. It's a 10 sec fuse, so we can jump from ladder and run... BOOM. Turn up 3 mins later to hopefully see the 'owners' and be like "what the hell did you do??" There are MANY problems with this... 1) tree damage 2)shrapnel 3)police / fire service attention 4)parents 0_o 5)them killing us (not literally...) WE WANT TO KNOW: Is this theasable? should we just saw it in half? How can we get rid of it?? Thanks for anything, and don't call us terrorists :p

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Zombies, and what are your plans and ideas for killing them?

Plans? Ideas? Instructables? Bullets, ammo, makeshift guns, what are your plans? Hygiene, Food, escape routes? Can you suggest guns (THAT YOU HAVE USED!!!)? Here are my plans... Im saving money for a Walther P22, possibly buy a silencer, (They are illegal to use in my state, I belive not to own one.) I will be stock piling ammo for a 20 gauge scattergun, .357 rounds, .38 special rounds, .22 rifle rounds, plan on buying a cheap .223 rifle for picking them off. Also buying sights and scopes for a 20 gauge shotgun, a .22 long rifle, and a .357 magnum. Whenever my brother or parents drive me around places, I look for friends houses, some who have guns, Ideas to signal that im human, geographically and easily defendable homes and areas. I look for random scrap wood and metal, and I try to find out who will be able to take the stress. I try to meet people in my area. Still in the process of stock piling water, and getting those canned peaches I love so much. Im saving wood pieces, trying to find heavy sheet metal, just as gadget-evilusions said. I have actually begun to devise gadgets, weapons, landmines, makeshift munitions, ammunition, and other anti-zombie things. Plans on quick-welding lawnmowers to the front of a car, 2x4 plus nai equals effective weapons, chemical warfare angainst the Brooks zombie, and others. One of my main projects is printing and laminating topographical maps from google maps and applying section numbers to them. I have told my friends when the day comes, Ill be knocking on your door to save your butt. Im planning escaoe routes, and am in the process of building a two person raft. Pyrotechnics for signaling and otherwise are in effect. Everyone, get ready for Z-Day, and please, tip the chef! (Beacause, you know, chefs have big knives...) ~RoAr

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