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
deep glass bowl
any one of the counpounds for flame color
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
2Pour 1/2 gallon of hot water into a deep glass or plastic bowl.
3Dissolve 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.
4Soak the pine cones in the solution for 6 hours.
5Dry them for at least three days in a warm, dry area on newspaper or hang in a mesh bag.
About this Recipe
Course/Dish: Other Non-Edibles