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Make German Dark Aluminum Powder



These days, it's difficult to find decent instructions on how to make firework ingredients. This Instructable will teach you step-by-step how to make a very important ingredient in some pyrotechnic devices - German Dark aluminum powder. And in a high yield, too! It's called German Dark because it contains charcoal (Carbon), which gives it a darker color. The carbon prevents the aluminum particles from oxidizing, thus making them considerably more reactive. German Dark can and will emit a dazzlingly bright white light when ignited on its own. I give a demonstration of this in the video. Now then, let's make some of the stuff!

Make German Dark Aluminum Powder

step 1Get the Ingredients and Supplies

The materials you need are: * Aluminum Foil * A Rock Tumbler * 1 tablespoon of powdered charcoal * About 25 steel balls, for the grinding media * A Large Magnet (Not pictu…

step 2Shredding the Foil

You'll need to take ten sheets of foil the length of your forearm and shred them into smithereens. I suggest shredding into strips. Once you are done, you're ready for the…

step 3Load the Barrel

Add all the steel balls to the barrel. Then ''loosely'' pack a big handful of the shreds in. After this is done, add 1 tablespoon of charcoal powder.

step 4Grinding Process

* Now seal the barrel and set it on the Rock Tumbler. Turn it on. * Within an hour, the confetti will have been smushed into a mess of aluminum grains. Top off the barrel w…

step 5Extract The Product

At the end of the 6-7 days, turn the tumbler off. Remove the barrel from the motor assembly and place it on a piece of paper. Carefully remove the top from the barrel and s…

step 6Jar It Up

Get glass or plastic jar large enough to hold the powder. I suggest you put a detailed label on it like I did with mine. Pick up the paper by its two ends and bring them to…

step 7You're All Done!

Congratulations! You're successfully made German Dark aluminum powder! Use it in all kinds of pyrotechnic compositions, including fountains, sparklers, and flash powder. N…

Via Instructables, Published: 2009.09.23


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