Making Colored Flame Pine Cones

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Stormy Stewart Recipe
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Mio, MI (pop. 12,477)
Member Since Mar 2011
Stormy's notes for this recipe:
This is an easy craft, requires about 15 minutes of your time, for those who love a great bonfire. The season is coming folks. Remember this project requires an adult supervision and 4 days to make so plan ahead
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To get the pine cones looking their best, heat them in the oven at 225 degrees F on a foil-covered cookie sheet. They will open all the way and look fuller.

Use only one salt or compound for color.

Be very careful handling these chemicals and follow the manufacturer' s directions. Some compounds can be poisonous if mishandled
Pour 1/2 gallon of hot water into a deep glass or plastic bowl.
Dissolve 8 ounces of any one of the following chemicals in the water:

Alum (thallium) for a bright green flame
Strontium chloride for a bright red flame
Boric acid for a deep red flame
Calcium for a reddish-orange flame
Calcium chloride for a yellowish-orange flame
Table salt for a yellow flame
Borax (sodium tetraborate) for a yellow-green flame
Blue vitriol (copper sulfate) or barium for a green flame
Saltpeter (potassium nitrate) for a violet flame
Or Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) for a white flame.
Soak the pine cones in the solution for 6 hours.
Dry them for at least three days in a warm, dry area on newspaper or hang in a mesh bag.

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user Diane Whitbeck IRPELLC - Aug 18, 2012
Hi Stormy! Where do you get these chemicals? Do you heat the pine cones for fullness before or after the chemical soaking? Thanks!
user Stormy Stewart karlyn255 - Aug 18, 2012
Diane look under tip #5
user Diane Whitbeck IRPELLC - Aug 18, 2012
Hi Stormy - me again! The placement of Tip #5 makes it look like you heat them for fullness after the chemical treatment, but that sounds dangerous to me! I also need to know where you get the chemicals. I appreciate your help with this, as these are fun to have in your campfire. Thanks!
user Stormy Stewart karlyn255 - Aug 18, 2012
No sorry will fix that it is if before

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