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Help with Aluminum powder, please? Answered

I went to home hardware today and asked the clerk in the paint department if they sold aluminum powder, and they said no, it has been banned in Canada. I am assuming its because of the use of aluminum for flash powder =P

I was wondering if anybody knows some sort of store to get aluminum powder in Canada, becasue i dont want to have to order it over the internet. (i have had some mishaps with internet ordered things before)

Any help/suggestions are appreciated, Thanks ! =)

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Berkin
Berkin

11 years ago

Run a couple dozen sheets of aluminum foil through a paper shredder to make a metallic confetti. Then take a Rock Tumbler, add about 25 steel balls and pack as much of the aluminum confetti as you can in there. Run the tumbler for an hour, then fill the barrel with more confetti. Repeat until you have filled the tumbler a bit more than halfway with coarsely ground aluminum. Run the Rock Tumbler for 2 weeks. You'll have a nice batch of fine aluminum powder when you're done.

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AlarikA
AlarikA

Answer 3 years ago

for all god's sake don't run it with steel it can ignite use led balls instead i know it's unprobable but for safety

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nomarch8
nomarch8

Reply 7 weeks ago

Um, lead is softer than aluminium... Use glass, ceramic or if you want to really speed up the process bronze balls.

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JohnPageOtt
JohnPageOtt

Reply 1 year ago

A better option would be to simply use glass marbles instead of steel balls. Aluminum powder is highly flammable and steel balls may cause sparks. Glass marbles may take a bit longer but is a much safer way to go.

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ncherak
ncherak

9 years ago

I had the exact same problem as you... i live in canada and i couldnt find it anywhere. IF you go to your local hobby shop, they should sell cold casting materials, i got 2, 16oz tubs(453grams) of aluminum powder 200 mesh for
10$ each. the aluminum powder is used to make cold casts and sculptures.

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SpaceShipOne
SpaceShipOne

11 years ago

I have been able to acquire atomized aluminum power from a marine shop. It is used as an additive in paint to provide some UV protection. West Marine sells it in 2 sizes.

As an added note, I have used this in a thermite reaction, with considerable success.

As this is atomized aluminum power, it is extremely fine, and prone to blowing around. Please use it with caution to avoid inhaling it.

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ShutterBugger
ShutterBugger

11 years ago

I have read that you can cut up aluminum foil into small pieces, chop it up further in a blender, then run it through a ball mill (with a little graphite to prevent caking. ~Bob~

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vince 09
vince 09

11 years ago

hey etch a sketch's are full of it, just break a few open and there you have it lol and it doesn't take but a couple of seconds

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frollard
frollard

11 years ago

You can file your own powder - a bit labour intensive, but gets the job done. It's also the ingredient in paint to make 'metallic' shimmer. Try a specialty paint shop (automotive paint). It's likely expensive. It has been banned for health and safety reasons - its a primary ingredient in a lot of explosives, and its very very unhealthy in your body, especially as a powder. Lastly, it's not that expensive to order online, and if you buy from somewhere reputable like unitednuclear you're less likely to be 'screwed' per-se.

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FunkNattidelic
FunkNattidelic

Answer 11 years ago

ive tried filing my own powder and it is VERY labour intensive =P i spent a whole long time grinding aluminum foil, and popcans, i only ended up with a tiny pile of powder *sigh* and then my sister knocked it over =P

Just about how expensive is the automotive shimmer aluminum?
i will definitely have to order some from unitednuclear. Thanks!

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frollard
frollard

Answer 11 years ago

get them to mark 'paint additive' on the customs form :D

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FunkNattidelic
FunkNattidelic

Answer 11 years ago

=P sounds good, thanks for the advice!!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

Have you considered cutting a soda can into small pieces, then dropping them into an old blender?