Fire sticks add variety and spectacle to a fire. The fire can be outdoors in a fire ring or indoors in a fireplace. Add a few sticks of one color, or add sticks of different colors to make flames of varied colors. Fire sticks produce colored flames by being soaked in chemicals. Different chemicals produce different colors. You can make your own fire sticks at home.
Things You'll Need
- Small sticks
- Chemicals (variable)
Pick what color you want. You will get a yellow flame from ordinary table salt. Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) will give a white flame. Borax makes a green flame. Calcium chloride makes orange and potassium chloride makes purple, while copper chloride makes blue.
Put on a pair of safety goggles. While none of the chemical colorants are harmful, and you can touch them with your bare hands, it's best not to get them in your eyes because they could cause a stinging sensation.
Pour one gallon of water into a bucket and add your 2 cups of your chosen colorant and stir with a stick.
Add your sticks to the water and stir them around for a minute with your hands. There's no need to use gloves or special attire as the colorants are harmless, but you may want to wear old clothes in case you splash yourself. Let them sit for five minutes to soak up some of the mixture.
Take the sticks out of the water and place them on newspaper outdoors to dry. The sticks may take four to five days to dry, depending on their size.
Dump the left over chemical colorant solution down the drain. All the chemicals are as harmless as salt or Epsom salts. There are no environmental concerns.
Tips & Warnings
- Purchase some of the chemicals from a chemical company online. Some, such as magnesium sulfate, are available at a pharmacy.
- Alternately, you could use pine cones as well as sticks.
- If you can't dry the sticks outdoors, then dry them on newspaper in your kitchen or someplace warm and dry.
- Keep the chemicals away from children. While the chemical colorants and colored sticks are safe for children to handle, it's not wise for them to put it their mouths.
- It's not imperative to wash your hands after handling the chemical colorants or sticks, but it's a good idea to do it if you can.
- If any of the chemical colorants get on your clothes, just wash the item with your laundry because they are harmless.
- Don't use the colored sticks to cook with.
- Photo Credit salt image by Andrey Rakhmatullin from Fotolia.com
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