Remotely Ignite Pyrotechnics - Like a Man




None of that sissy nichrome wire, this detonator makes a BOOM and a shower of sparks that will surely ignite the main event.

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Step 1: Materials List

You will need:

Steel Wool - I used Extra Fine #00
Long 2 conductor wire - I used 18 gauge speaker wire
Cellophane wrap - I used the kind that sticks to itself
Tape - I used electrical
Flash powder or similar (black powder or crushed sparklers would probably work, but I haven't tried it)
Some capacitors - see my capacitor bank instructable for instructions

Step 2: Get the Cable Ready

Take your 2 conductor cable and strip the ends. Separate them a little bit, and cut the wire the length you want, or use the whole spool (in this case 60ft).

Step 3: Wrap the Steel Wool Around the Exposed Copper

Do as the title says!

The key here is to have the right amount of steel wool, not to little where you might not get contact, and not to much where you might not get enough amperage to explode the wire. Hopefully the picture will give you a hint as to how much to use, but you can always practice by doing a "dry run". To do a dry run, stop at this step and try to "detonate" the steel wool - if it explodes with a BANG and some sparks that was a good amount, if not, increase or decrease and try again.

Step 4: Final Preparations

Now pour a little bit of your explosive of choice onto a small square of cellophane. It should be enough to completely cover the end of the wire when the wire is placed flat against the cellophane. Now wrap it up and tape it so it stays together.

This is what it should look like finished.

Step 5: Usage

To use this, stick the business end in whatever you're trying to ignite, then take the other end of the wire and stand back.

If you're using capacitors, then just charge them up and then stick the two leads to the capacitor leads, and off it goes, instant gratification. No need to wait for an unknown amount of time like those nichrome fools.

Anyways since I don't have a picture of one going off yet, when you don't stick the detonator in anything and set it off, the explosion is about 0.5m in diameter of blinding white and sends sparks flying all around with the farthest ones reaching about 1.5m from the detonator. Here's what the wire looks like after the explosion.



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    107 Discussions


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I know this sounds weird, but pickle the wool. Leave the pad in vinegar overnight, and then leave it in water overnight to remove the soap. Use it soon after though, or it rusts


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     haha when i was looking for some steal wool ages ago i couldn't find any except ones with soap, and trust me they don't work with much (havn't tried this in particullar) but if your having trouble finding any normal stuff i found a massive roll of really fine stuff at bunnings (a hardware store for those who aren't aware) I think it was in the painting section. and yeah it was about $10 and i still havn't run out like a year later.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    YES!! with out a doubt it would NOT WORK! the soap stops wires from touching enough and even if they did it would not allow it to burn enough


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Real men get shot by their fireworks when lighting those darn chinesis 1 second fuses with a lighter.


    9 years ago on Step 5

    what i did ( just as an experament, didnt light anything) was i took a 3 plug extention cord, put 2 nails into each, wrapped alot of steel wool around it, flipped switch off on 8 plug, put it in, and switched it on, and it was AWESOME!!!! ( just stand back and if it doesnt go off jiggle it)

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    Reply 9 years ago on Step 5

    it depends on the current (Amp) going through, I haven't tried myself, but a Duracell 9v battery will probaly make it heat up, two of them in parallel will defiantly do something (Each 9v has about 2.2amps). Or you could just shove it in the wall socket, but be sure to be careful, and if you draw over 5amps your light fuses may blow =D

     its nice to see someone knows what their talking about thundertydus
    2 amps and youd get a bit more than a pop.....


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     Don't use the wall socket. They will pump out up to 15 amps. 6ma across your heart is enough to kill you.


    9 years ago on Step 3

     i think you mean that you wont have enough resistance to make the wire explode
    btw it wouldn't really "explode" just get very hot and melt
    the popping sound is the metal contracting in the heat


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