First of all....this is a fairly vigorous reaction so take the usual
1-Do it outside, preferably on sand or dirt. Since it burns at 4000 degrees
fahrenheit, it will melt most anything. By the way, a nuclear explosion
burns at 8000 and the surface of our Sun burns at 10000. It will readily
melt rock salt, beach sand, etc. You get the idea.
2-It can spray sparks around. Keep it away from burnable materials. The
burning sparks are either molten Aluminum or molten Iron.
3-It is VERY bright so you shouldn't stare at it.
4-It puts out lots of smoke.
Here is how I do it.
2-Iron Rust (Red-Fe2O3).
Grind carefully and separately into a powder-like consistency.
Mix in roughly equal proportions, by volume with an excess of rust.
Mix thoroughly to get an even color.
Pour the powder mixture on the ground in a pile.
Get magnesium ribbon and lay it on top of the pile, and press partially
into the pile. Do not smother the Mg ribbon. Ignite the ribbon with a
propane torch and get back quickly.
When done, be careful...it will leave molten, glowing red iron as a
You can make rust by mixing household clorox with steel wool pads and let
sit overnight and then filtering out the rust.
Have fun and be careful.
Usual disclaimers apply
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