Fire and Flames Projects

Do you want to play with fire? This is a collection of science projects involving fire, including how to color fire, fire magic tricks, and interesting chemistry demonstrations involving fire and flames.


Steel wool sparklers are ideal for creating light paintings. (Steve Halama)
Ignite steel wool to make a stunning spinning sparkler or to create incredible photographs and light paintings. All you need are a few common materials for this simple project. Make a Steel Wool Sparkler You probably have all the materials you need on hand, but if you don’t, they are […]

Spinning Steel Wool Sparkler





For real: If you shine a low-pressure sodium lamp on a yellow sodium flame, the flame will be black.
Flames emits light and heat, so it seems impossible to make black fire. However, you actually can make black fire by controlling the wavelengths of absorbed and emitted light. Black Fire Materials The set-up is simple and only requires a few materials: Alcohol Salt solution Low-pressure sodium (LPS) lamp Alcohol […]

How to Make Black Fire






Instant Fire Chemical Reaction (deradrian)
Make instant fire using sugar, potassium chlorate, and sulfuric acid. No matches or flame is needed for this exciting chemistry demonstration! Instant Fire Materials You only need three chemicals for this reaction: Potassium chlorate Granulated table sugar – sucrose Sulfuric acid Perform the Instant Fire Demonstration You can do this […]

Instant Fire Demonstration   Recently updated !


Cat Pumpkin GIF
Looking for an over-the-top science-y Halloween jack o’ lantern? Here’s my favorite… a carved pumpkin that’s both covered in colored flames and shoots fire from every orifice. The colors work much like the analytical chemistry flame test in which heated ions release a characteristic spectrum of light. Materials Real Pumpkin […]

Rainbow Flames Halloween Jack o’ Lantern