Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Make A Fire Vortex (A Simple Tornado)

       Most of us go through a weather phase sometime in our lives where we can't get enough of hurricanes, tornados, and lightning storms. If I had known about this cool little piece of work when I was going through my weather phase I would have been ecstatic so this is for all of you weather nuts. Unfortunately your fire vortex will not be as big as the one in the picture but it will be pretty cool if you ask me.

Fire Vortex

Materials
  • A small cup about the size of your fist. Preferably something fireproof. 
  • A sponge
  • Lighter fluid like Zippo
  • A Lazy Susan (this is one of those small spinning tables)
  • A wired wastebasket (Has to be wired because of the holes)
  • Tin Foil
Procedure
1. First take the tin foil and put it around the inside of the cup.

2. Next cut up the sponge into small 1x1 centimeter pieces, this does not have to be incredibly accurate, and put them into the cup. 

3. Place the wastebasket directly in the center of the Lazy Susan so that it is spinning correctly.

4. Then place the bowl in the center of the wastebasket. For this to work the cup must be spinning completely vertical.

5. Pour the lighter fluid into the cup.

6. Set fire to the sponges and spin the lazy susan and watch as the vortex appears!


       As always be careful with the fire and stay tuned for even more (more than four ways?!) to play with fire! Thanks for reading and don't forget to share and follow this blog for more things to do when you're bored! 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Make Break Away Glass (Like In the Movies)

     Ever wonder about the special effect of breaking a bottle over someones head in a movie? I know I didn't but this made me realize how many times it actually happens. So here are some instructions on how to make this cool glass. Lucky for you, most of the ingredients are house held items that are cheap and easy to find. Here's what you'll need...


Ingredients

  • A large pot
  • Metal spoon (metal NOT wood)
  • Candy Thermometer (Don't have one? Check these out)
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups of distilled water (has to be distilled)
  • 1 cup of light corn syrup 
  • 3 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tarter 
  • Optional: experiment with food coloring 

Now for the instructions...
  1. Pour the water, corn syrup, sugar, and cream of tarter in the pot.
  2. Heat the mixture on the stove to 300 degrees (as read on the thermometer) while stirring it. 
  3. While this is heating, spray the cooking spray on the cookie sheet.
  4. When the mixture reaches 300 degrees pour it onto the cookie sheet which will act as the mold for the pane of glass. Leave to cool for at least one hour. 
  5. Now carefully take the glass out of the cookie sheet.
  6. If it doesn't turn out great, do it again! It may take a few tries to get the hold of it. 

     Now that it's done feel free to throw it, smash it, or wack it over someones head. Use caution while smacking someone with it because it could come out harder than usual so make sure it's somewhat thin. If you don't want to risk hurting anyone just hit yourself or set it down and jump through it as if you were in an action movie. I'm sure you can buy or make other molds to get different shaped glass like a bottle or vase so make sure to look into that! Have fun with this, go crazy  make some cool movies. If you do, leave a link in the comments. If you need help, ask in the comments. Thanks for reading and don't forget to follow for more things to do when you're bored!