DIY Glow Sticks

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Intro: DIY Glow Sticks


I learned how to make glow sticks recently in my chemistry class. you just need a few "simple" chemicals, your probably going to have to buy these chemicals online, unless you can get/steal them from your chemistry class. Also, these amounts of the chemicals only make a small glowstick that doesnt last that long to make it last longer you're going to have to add more chemicals. so you need:


supplies:
-C12H12N2O3 (Luminal)  found here:http://crimescene.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66&products_id=49

-NaOH (Sodium hydroxide) found here: http://secure.sciencecompany.com/Sodium-Hydroxide-Lye-Pellets-500g-P15983.aspx

-H2 O2 (Hydrogen Peroxide) found here: Any drug store

-k3Fe(CN) (Potassium ferricyanide) found here: http://secure.sciencecompany.com/Potassium-Ferricyanide-500g-P6513C670.aspx

-water
-50 ml beaker or graduated cylinder
-stir stick

Step 1: Mixing It Together

Now, mix everything together EXCEPT for the catalyst (the Potassium ferricyanide) 
Start with the 1.5 ml of Hydrogen Peroxide with the 40 ml of water, then mix in the  .04g of Luminal, and one piece or flake of Sodium hydroxide about the same amount as the Luminal. now mix the solution really well so its all dissolved, remember don't add the Potassium ferricyanide ytet (the orange stuff)

Step 2: Adding the Catalyst

Now when your ready add the catalyst, the Potassium ferricyanide, once you add this your solution will start to glow, the more you add the longer it will glow, but remember to put the solution you mixed in the previous step in what every you wanted to put it in.

Step 3: Finishing

Now you have completed your glow stick, have fun!

Step 4: Extra Fun

I was thinking and remembered that the reason why the solution glows is because the Potassium ferricyanide excites the electrons or something and makes them glow, and so i had the idea to run an electric current through it and it started to glow a bit, THEN i had the idea to tazer it, looked alot better, you can kinda see in the picture the blue glowing wire, it did look alot better in real life. but just have fun with it, it also looks really cool in the toilet, or on your skin.

Ask if you have any questions

Enjoy!

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    Dark Solar

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Helpful Hint #7,461,039

    You -yes, you- can make sodium hydroxide at home in the privacy and convenience of your very own kitchen. Tired of the paperwork? Tired of the constant interviews with D.H.S. and F.B.I. field agents? Tired of waiting weeks for the UPS guy only to recieve a corporate notification that your shipment has been back-ordered and will arrive approximately 2 weeks after never?  Well, then, it's your lucky day!!

    MATERIALS:
    (1) BOX OF BAKING SODA
    (1) BOTTLE OF DISTILLED WATER (1L)

    EQUIPMENT:
    (1) STAINLESS STEEL OR CAST-IRON POT
    (1) STAINLESS STEEL SPOON
    (1) SEALABLE PLASTIC OR GLASS BOTTLE
    (1) KITCHEN RANGE (gas ranges are preferable but an electric will do)
    (1) DUST MASK (optional but very highly recommended)
    (1) FUNNEL

    DO:
    -ADD 1 CUP BAKING SODA TO POT AND SPREAD INTO EVEN LAYER.
    -ON RANGE, ROAST BAKING SODA OVER MEDIUM-HIGH HEAT.
    -AS BAKING SODA BEGINS TO BUBBLE, USE SPOON TO GENTLY STIR.  **AVOID CREATING A DUST CLOUD OVER YOUR ROASTING POT.  A DUST MASK WILL NOT PROTECT YOUR EYES**
    -WHEN CONTENTS OF POT SHOW NO FURTHER SIGNS OF GAS EVOLUTION, REMOVE FROM HEAT AND ALLOW TO COOL.
    -ONCE SIDE OF ROASTING POT IS HOT TO TOUCH BUT NOT HOT ENOUGH TO BURN, RETURN TO LOW HEAT
    -VERY SLOWLY ADD DISTILLED WATER  TO ROASTING POT WHILE STIRRING GENTLY UNTIL SODIUM CARBONATE IS COMPLETELY DISSOLVED OR YOU RUN OUT OF WATER.
    -REMOVE FROM HEAT, COVER AND ALLOW TO COOL
    -INSERT FUNNEL IN MOUTH OF SEALABLE GLASS OR PLASTIC BOTTLE AND POUR OFF LIQUID. 
    -SEAL BOTTLE

    **WARNING: SODIUM HYDROXIDE WILL CAUSE SOME PLASTICS TO BECOME BRITTLE OVER TIME.  ALWAYS WEAR GLOVES WHEN HANDLING AND KEEP AN EYEWASH BOTTLE FULL OF DILUTE VINEGAR HANDY.**

    You are now the proud owner of an extremely useful piece of data and a bottle of sodium hydroxide with a concentration > or =  95%.  Try not to get it in your eyes.

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    SeanaMichellDark Solar

    Reply 1 year ago

    everything and hoe science you are I don't know what anything you're saying means. All I know is the H2O part and the rest is so confusing!!

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    Dark SolarSeanaMichell

    Reply 1 year ago

    Ok...umm...let's see...

    Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) decomposes into sodium carbonate at temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) yielding carbon dioxide and water vapor. At 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit) this decomposition is rapid and somewhat violent as the evolved gases tend to cause sodium carbonate to bubble and become airborne.

    Sodium carbonate (washing soda) decomposes into sodium oxide, carbon dioxide and water vapor at 851 degrees Celsius (1563.8 degrees Fahrenheit; see incandescence chart for visual example of temperature).

    Sodium oxide is very slowly added to cold, distilled water to create sodium hydroxide solution. And that's pretty much the long and short of it. :D

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    echaaDark Solar

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Doesn't sodium bicarbonate decompose into sodium carbonate, water, and CO2? Obviously, the CO2 and water will simply be given off as gasses.
    I have 2 questions then:
    Does the average kitchen stove even reach 500+ F, and how do you turn NaCO3 into NaOH?

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    Dark Solarechaa

    Reply 2 years ago

    Sorry to have left you hanging for ...well pretty much forever. On a gas range (with some type of enclosure) yes, you can convert baking soda directly to sodium oxide. On an electric range (again with the enclosure) it will depend entirely on the capacity of the heating element. See above for additional info.

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    stoobersechaa

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Yessir, the average stove reaches way higher than 500 degrees!
    You can drop zinc match box cars in a pot and melt them on the stove.
    Or pennies. You can melt a whole pot of pennies (called pot metal). That is hot hot hot hot. You can feel the heat coming at you when you are near it.

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    KyleighDillDark Solar

    Reply 2 years ago

    so does all of this work like what you commented bec i am doing it for my science fair project :D

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    Dark SolarKyleighDill

    Reply 2 years ago

    Additionally, if [and this is a big "if" since I don't know what your current tech capacities are] you have a means of safely heating the sodium carbonate produced by the above process to 851C/1563.8F it will further decompose into sodium oxide and carbon dioxide. Once cool, sodium oxide may then be slowly hydrated with distilled water to yield sodium hydroxide. This is a fairly dangerous method of producing sodium hydroxide without any intermediary steps so goggles, respirator and gloves are not optional. And you probably would be doing right to have on some kind of coverall and a jug of straight vinegar at the ready.

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    Dark SolarKyleighDill

    Reply 2 years ago

    My apologies, echaa was correct and I definitely got carried away and got careless. That's what I get for trying to be funny...

    Anyway, there are more steps involving reaction of sodium carbonate (actual product of the above mentioned thermal decomposition process) with calcium oxide a.k.a "quick-lime" (product of a similar thermal decomposition process that starts with chalk) in liquid solution whereby calcium carbonate precipitates out from the solution leaving sodium hydroxide. As cyclohexane mentioned, it will be of greater expedience to check a local hardware (certain dry crystalline and liquid drain cleaners), the dyes section of a crafts store (specifically marked sodium hydroxide) or a soap-makers' supply company.

    Also, a lot of companies print "It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling." on their products...which is troublesome at the very least. Check the label before you buy: if that warning is on it, you might have a problem if anyone starts asking questions about where you sourced your materials. In other words, try to find a source whose label simply states what's in the container, concentration percentage, the manufacturer and nothing else. Don't think you're going to need it, but good luck anyway. :D

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    cyclohexaneDark Solar

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    There's absolutely no need to "make" your own sodium hydroxide....do a quick google search and you will find many resources for the chemical. Try this, i found it at Ace Hardware..... http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2845800&cp=2845052

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    Dark SolarDark Solar

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    As a general reply for everyone's consumption and as a corrective measure to cover some things I left out of the original proceedural comment:

    1. So everyone knows what they're going for temperature-wise, sodium bicarbonate decomposes into sodium hydroxide at 270C/518F.

    2. Addition of water to dry-state sodium hydroxide sets up an endothermic reaction. Do this very, very slowly with cold, distilled water to avoid all possibility of flash-boiling.

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    bigschwaDark Solar

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks so much but I do have one question. Can you use the dry NaOH just like the stuff you use to be able to buy? I have been making biodiesel for years and the meth heads have made my life more difficult.

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    Dark Solarbigschwa

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I'm a little fuzzy on bio-diesel process but if your unit calls for dry-state NaOH, then absolutely you can. Just be certain that the gas evolution step is 100% complete and you'll be good to go. If it wants for a solution of a specific concentration, that's a little bit of a different animal but still completely do-able.

    According to the label, there is sodium hydroxide in Crystal Drano. Whether or not that's what gives it that nice sparkle I can't say; according to Wikipedia the crystals are just common salt, but I only half-trust Wikipedia.

    Anyway, given the other components of Crystal Drano, it probably wouldn't be suitable in this instance unless you could work out a process to remove the sodium nitrate, aluminium shavings and table salt...which actually sounds like a fun project in and of itself. Thanks for the idea!!!