Quest for the Murderer pt. 1: introductory envelope

[A letter in Chiara’s hand:] I leave this letter against the event that I be killed in the endeavour at hand, that my purpose may be known and that this knowledge might possibly save whatever shall remain of the fellowship. In the sanctum last night, I discovered a box, hidden and enveloped with a thick […]

How to: make Colored Flames

The concept You can use a methanol flame and various ionic substances (salts) to make colored flames. All of the flames pictured in this post were produced by me using the methods detailed herein. Most of the substances mentioned below can be obtained inexpensively from ordinary merchants (i.e. no need to visit a chemist). green boric salt […]

Strontium Carbonate to Strontium Chloride (w/ everyday materials)

Thanks to Matt Crook for his error-checking and information. [youtube style=”height:150px;width:177px;float: right;” ]vltFchuGi0Y[/youtube] Suppose you want to make a red flame like the one on the right… …but you can’t find a vendor for strontium chloride (I couldn’t) and you don’t want to spend in excess of $20 for lithium chloride (I didn’t). For a […]