FlameTestTornadoHere are some methods for generating flame colours which give better results than the traditional nichrome wire.

  • Using a spray bottle into a flame,
  • Dissolving salts in methanol
  • Absorbing them onto a sugar lump

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

Spray bottle Flame Colours

Spray Bottle Flame Colours – Risk Assessment

Methanol Flame Tests

Methanol Flame Tests – Risk Assessment

Sugar Lump Flame Tests

Sugar Lump Flame Tests – Risk Assessment

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