FlameTestTornadoThis describes a method of carrying out flame tests by spraying a solution from an atomiser into a flame – this gives a better colour than the traditional platinum wire method.

Some versions use solutions in ethanol but this will give a coloured flame anyway. We prefer to use aqueous solutions.

Small spray bottles can, we are informed by Dr Bunhead, be made from Fruit Shoots.

For generating a longer-lasting flame colour, various methods are described in an article in SSERC Bulletin 178 – Here

Flame Colours

Flame Colours – Risk Assessment

(The image shows strontium salts being sprayed into a flame tornado)