Up first (again), one of my favourite little projects that never get old.
There are a bunch of videos floating around demostrating these nifty handheld fireballs, so i just googled and grabbed one.
Take the jump for the vid and instructions!
(apologies for the less than attractive woman speaking...)
Now, there isn't really much to this project. All you have to do is get your hands on the following:
- Cotton, Wool, or some other flame-resistant(ish) fabric. An old t-shirt works great.
- Naphtha (lighter fluid) or Kerosene. I've only tried with Ronsonol and Zippo.. the only observable difference is the former is cheaper.
- A needle and string (it would be smart to have cotton string).
Roll the fabric up, sew it into a ball-like shape, soak it in fluids, light up, tune in, turn off, drop out, and explode.
In all seriousness, though, it will take a little practice for your fingers to get used to the heat, so try to keep them moving, and try your first few over a sink or frying pan or father's trophy or some other non-flammable surface. These things are hard to put out, and--trust me--you do not want them rolling all over the carpet..
courtesy of Dr. Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D (that's a mouthful)@ About.com.