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#88906 Proposed EU ban on Potassium Chlorate/Perchlorate for members of the public

Posted by Tinderbox on 18 September 2018 - 07:53 PM

I am very seriously looking into taking my business and life over to the USA where I can pursue my peaceful hobby of making pretty lights in the sky legally and even attend competitions and join active clubs. This country is dead to me.

#88525 Brought back to life

Posted by Tinderbox on 17 October 2017 - 11:04 AM

I have been experimenting with blue touchpaper. I bought some 60gsm blue poster paper from Hobbycraft. A tad thick but just the right shade of blue. I bought some oxygenating tablets from an aquarium shop. These are pure potassium chlorate. One tablet and two teaspoons of KnO3 per
pint of simmering water. Leave to cool to about 40ยค. Do not hang to dry as this creates build up of crystals on the bottom edges as the solution tracks downward. Instead, lay flat on clean smooth surface. Black silicone oven tray liners work great and get very warm in the sun. This makes very good touchpaper. It dose tend to tear if twisted too tightly but I don't remember seeing very tight twisted paper on old UK stuff. Pinch, half-turn and push down. Stays put.

The chlorate content may present a problem in contact with bp based comps but I've had a go at making small wraps of greenmix like fun-snap size and then whacking with a hammer. Nothing happens.

#88472 Willow and Tiger tail

Posted by Tinderbox on 09 October 2017 - 09:53 PM

Shimizu Slow Gold using bbq lumpwood and Titanium. More of a Firefly tbh but falls within these two effects I guess. Stunning effect. Would love to try Willow Diadem to see the difference between the two. Ned Gorski does some stunning Willow Diadem rockets!