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    can any one help me to make my own cyalume sticks. [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: can i make my own cyalume light sticks

    Well, you'd need some pretty strong hydrogen peroxide in sealed glass vials, and a fluorescent dye that has luciferin and luciferase added to it, and some polymer ester crap too.
    This slightly viscious compound fills the majority of the stick.

    Or you could just use a transluscent plastic rod and an LED or two. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: can i make my own cyalume light sticks

    true but i want a really big lightstick.
    like 2 inch diam and 2 to 3 feetlong.
    anyone know where i could get one.


    i dont know why i want one i just do. [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: can i make my own cyalume light sticks

    Omniglow http://www.omniglow.com make/sell glowsticks of all shapes and sizes, the largest ones they do are 15 inches long and 1 inch wide (down girls!) They also come in types - Industrial which are guaranteed for 12hrs, the normal sort that lasts for 8-12hrs, High Intensity that lasts for 2-4hrs and Oh My God that's Bright (flare) that lasts for 5 mins. You can get them from anywhere that sells Omniglow products - online you can try http://www.circuittoys.com and http://www.ravertoys.com but there are many others.

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    Default Re: can i make my own cyalume light sticks

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR> Well, you'd need some pretty strong hydrogen peroxide in sealed glass vials, and a fluorescent dye that has luciferin and luciferase added to it, and some polymer ester crap too. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Sounds kind of nasty. How is it that the packages always say the stick contains non-toxic material? I always wanted to drain one and coat my hair with it for halloween. Glad I didn't do that, the peroxide might have bleached my hair!

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    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RonM:
    Sounds kind of nasty. How is it that the packages always say the stick contains non-toxic material? I always wanted to drain one and coat my hair with it for halloween. Glad I didn't do that, the peroxide might have bleached my hair!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Not only that, but the fluorescent dye would fairly permanently dye your newly bleach-blond hair a bright yellowish-green. :-O

    If I remember from the 1970s (the last time I bought a lightstick) the package warned that the liquid would permanently stain anything it touched; though ingesting some of the fluid would do no real harm except maybe give you a bit of a tummyache.

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    Default Re: can i make my own cyalume light sticks

    i cut one open and got it all over my hands it was cool

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    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Stingmon:
    If I remember from the 1970s (the last time I bought a lightstick) the package warned that the liquid would permanently stain anything it touched; though ingesting some of the fluid would do no real harm except maybe give you a bit of a tummyache.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I've known places that will empty a lightstick into a mug of beer for ingestion.
    Not too bad tasting. It looks like a lava lamp.
    REMEMBER THOUGH TO KEEP THE GLASS CHIPS OUT OF THE MUG
    Of course this warning is only for those morons who would also balance on top of a step ladder on one foot.
    NO I don't remember if it made your pee glow or not....

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    Default Re: can i make my own cyalume light sticks

    if you drank the glass it would burn when you pee [img]images/icons/blush.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/blush.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/blush.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: can i make my own cyalume light sticks

    I thought it would burn when you shat [img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]

    Anyways...back on topic, can you re-activate a spent lightstick by providing fresh hydrogen peroxide? Is there something else that the hydrogen peroxide has to react against, or does it merely decompose to provide the required energy? Does this have something to do with the 1-year shelf life of chemical lights?

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    Default Re: can i make my own cyalume light sticks

    lol this reminds me of a very sketchy night i had last summer... went to a party (rave) and some one busted out a few of thoes massive yellow ones (like a foot long) looked like a bonfire was going on inside this big crowd of poeple around him. only lasted a short time but man i was just plain stunned on how bright they can go.

    and on a side note - the insides dont taste good :P i can say from personal exp... never put a glowstick in your mouth when you have to move really big monitors and computer cases around... grunt POP, eeeewwwwwwww. i was spitting glowing blue stuff for 10 min...

    edit - pic http://home.tbp.mb.ca/~julez/pics/ra.../glosticks.jpg

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    Default Re: can i make my own cyalume light sticks

    I can say from personal experience that they don't stain your cloths, and I will find out from a co-worker this week if they bleach your hair.
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    lol @ ancient thread revival, always fun. how deep did you dig?!

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