you make nitrocellulose lacquer out of them but you can use smokeless powder
from shotgun shells ,you dissolve it with acetone and dip igniters in it you
can add aluminum or crushed sparklers liked mentioned to get a better light
Thanks everyone, for the responses. I had no idea they were so "lightable".
I always thought ping pong balls were made of plastic, and that it was just
about using the melted plastic like a resin to hold the flammable additive
together... a binder of sorts... seemed kind of a funny thing to use.
Now it makes sense.
~ Duane Phillips.
They are not so lightable. I used straight PP lacquer and you get
nary a spark out of them. The modern balls have combustion inhibitors.
The thing with using these is that they are a great base to ADD stuff
to like thermite, powdered metals, smokeless powder (that's one I've
never heard of) powdered sparklers and get great results with minimal
A nice task to work on in the dead of winter. You can safely test them
too with a reasonable indoor area like a garage.
Yeah, sure...do that...with the emphasis on DEAD. Just another example of
how, if the powers that be take all of our 'legally manufactured' items away
from us, we will find a way to kill ourselves off one at a time trying
stupid stuff we heard about that 'might' work, just cause someone said it
I hope you are a hermit, have no family, and live WAAAY out in the country
so you don't blow anyone else up when your garage blows a substantial crater
into the earth.
Have to disagree with you one this one. People have been (and continue to)
tinker with chemical concoctions that go pop, bang, or boom for thousands of
years. There are hundreds of 'tried and true' formulas that are routinely
employed by rocketeers, pyrotechnicians, and backyard geeks across the
Now, I'll agree that if someone rushes in blindly, refuses to utilize proper
saftey equipment or practices, and believes themselves to be invulnerable,
they might well blow themselves up, posion themselves, or burn the house
down... but that's simply Darwin in action, and has nothing to do with any
level of regulation. But it is through tinkering, experimentation, and
repurposing that gains in knowledge are made. Limiting activities to those
items that are commerically available or "legally manufactured" means no
gains, no new knowledge.
"Against stupidity, the [very] Gods themselves contend in vain."
Fredrich von Schiller
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