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flash paper! Answered

this idea came from cartoons so bear with me.

i have seen some flash powder instructables but not any flash paper ones (or so i think)

using tetranites flash powder (https://www.instructables.com/id/Flash-Powder/) and mix with the idea of making paper (http://www.pioneerthinking.com/makingpaper.html)

if you substituted "recycled paper" with flash powder could you make a flash paper that would ignite with a poof when lit.

my conclusion is that the sponge would absorb the water along with the powder, but adding flash powder after making the paper while its still "wet" in step 9 add a layer of powder and sandwich it. maybe have one end without powder to make a rough fuse.

i dont know what do you people think?


Nah, just get some nitric acid and.... I won't get into details, research on nitric acid and it's uses as an explosive (ingredient, it's just as acid as is).

Sorry, but the perchlorate would dissolve in the water and wash away, rendering the flash powder useless. Nice idea, though.

thats kinda what i expected =(

but would it work if you sandwiched it after you press it? but more important would it stick?

Kiteman brings up a good point, however I used this to my advantage to make a fuse. I dissolved the proper ratio of KNO3 and sugar into just enough water, so that it's saturated. Then I dipped a paper towel into the solution, pulled it out and let it dry. the mix was integrated into the fibers of the paper towel, so it burned exaclty like a fuse. You can dissolve the perchlorate into the water solution and just let it evaporate out on it's own. But what I suggest is getting something like tissue paper, and sandwiching a flash powder mix between two sheets of it. Then lay it on a mobile flat surface, put just a little water, so that it pretty much all contained within the paper (maybe try toilet paper instead if you are having absorbtion issues). Then, move the surface with the paper into the sun and let it dry, the perchlorate should be nicely dispersed in the paper and the two sheets should have more or less fused together. Now, this won't give you true flash paper, and I think it would produce ashes, but it's your best bet. If anything, perhaps just soaking tissue/toilet paper in aqueous perchlorate may work, as the paper would get burnt up as fuel.

maybe you could use this as a advantage? dissolves lots of perchlorate in a solvent, dip some paper in and let it half dry, the brus aluminium powder over it and let it dry?

Flash paper is another form of nitrocellulose, much like flash (or gun) cotton.

Mixing 5 PARTS HNO3 & 4 PARTS H2SO4 and a piece of tissue paper will become "FLASH PAPER" or extreemly flamable.

This is the procedure. I mixed the 10 mL HNO3 and 8 mL
H2SO4 (slowly) then poured it into a dish. I then put a very thin
piece of toilet paper in the dish and allowed it to soak for ten min. It
remained in a sheet of toilet paper but it looked gel-like and was
stronger then normal tissue paper. After drying, when you burn it and
drop it, it burns up before it hits the ground. It is also called
"magic" flash paper and magicians use it in their shows.

You are making nitrocellulose, also known as "celluloid." Basically,
sugars, such as the cellulose that makes up paper, are appended with
hydroxyl (OH) groups. The nitric-sulfuric acid mixture is a nitrating
agent, converting the hydroxyl groups to nitrate esters (ONO2). This
nitrocellulose now basically contains its own oxidizing agent. (Basically
the same reaction occurs to make nitroglycerine from glycerol.)