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Video:How to Make Homemade Sparklers

with Ben Roy

Did you know that, with a few materials, you can make your very own sparklers? Find out how to make your own sparklers in this science experiment video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Homemade Sparklers

Hi, my name is Ben Roy with gosciencezone.com, for About.com. You like the fourth of July? I love the fourth of July. You like fireworks? Today we're going to show you how to make homemade sparklers.

Materials to Make Homemade Sparklers

To make these sparklers, you will need:

  • Iron Wires
  • 10% dextrine in water solution
  • 2 parts charcoal
  • 300 parts potassium chlorate
  • 60 parts aluminum fines, flitter, or granules

How to Make Homemade Sparklers

You can also add 500 parts strontium nitrate for red color, or 60 parts barium nitrate for green color.

First, pour all of your dry ingredients into a large container. Mix in the dextrin solution until you get a mixed, moist, slurry. Add in strontium or barium nitrate if you want color.

Now, dip the pieces of wire into the mixture. Leave two or three inches of space on the end of the wire; so you will have enough space to safely grasp the sparkler.

Place your sparklers in a safe place, and let them dry completely. Remember to store your sparklers in a slightly-humid place; away from heat and flame.

One they are dry, light them at the end, and let them sparkle. Always make sure you douse your sparkler in water before disposing.

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