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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    73 Discussions

    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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    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.

    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.

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

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

    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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    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.

    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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    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.

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

    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.

    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.

    To make a colored flame tiki torch?

    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.

    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

    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.

    soak the wiks of the candles in the chems .........................mabey if write the responsibility for the breach of patent is mine and not ilikechemicals or the instructables website or comunity however i take no responiblity of the actual use of this breach of patent any creation of this potential breach of patent is responibility of those who create the physical object legal aside nice ible and soz about long coment that wasyes the time of any who read the legel mumbo jumbo