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making colored flame pine cones

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Recipe by
Stormy Stewart
Mio, MI

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

(1 rating)
prep time 6 Hr 10 Min

Ingredients For making colored flame pine cones

  • pinecones
  • deep glass bowl
  • any one of the counpounds for flame color

How To Make making colored flame pine cones

  • 1
    Tips: 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. Warnings: 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
  • 2
    Pour 1/2 gallon of hot water into a deep glass or plastic bowl.
  • 3
    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.
  • 4
    Soak the pine cones in the solution for 6 hours.
  • 5
    Dry them for at least three days in a warm, dry area on newspaper or hang in a mesh bag.

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