Ever wanted a cool harry potter themed wand that shoots fireballs??? Well, i bet you do now and lucky for you its incredibly fun to use and simple to make.
Lets get started
Step 1: GIFS
coz gifs are cool =3
Step 2: Video
With a special trick at the end =3
Step 3: Material, Tools and Consumables
Assortment of scrap copper pipe
Glowplug (and nut to fit the glow plug)
Assortment of wire and heat shrink tubing
Momentary button switch
AA battery holder
Black spray paint and acrylic
Brown spray paint
Hot glue gun (and glue sticks)
Flash cotton (somewhat optional)
Sparklers or low temp sparkler powder
Step 4: Preparing the Copper Pipe
To prepare the copper pipe I first cleaned off the rust with a vinegar and salt solution and then sanded off the rest. My piece of copper had a threaded end which was perfect for transitioning into the handle so I left that on but I did file the hexagonal part of the fitting to make it more circular.
Next I drilled two holes in the threaded section of the pipe. I used two holes because the button I chose was to big to fit inside the pipe so I had to have it sticking out.
Then I cut a smaller piece of the same material and epoxy puttied a nut (that fits the glowplug) into one end
Step 5: The Extremely Not So Complicated Electronics
The electronics for this project are extremely simple;
The positive side of the battery connects to directly to either part of the glow plug (I attached mine to the pointy bit). The negative side of the battery connects to a momentary switch then to the other part of the glow plug (in my case the side).
The glow plug is then secured into the end of the pipe with more epoxy putty and the battery holder is secured to the threaded end of the pipe with hot glue.
Step 6: Modifying the Glowplug
One of the problems with using only flash paper and not cotton is that flash paper is harder to light so it has to be closer to the heater coil. The problem i was having is that the heater coil gets the hottest in the middle. I roughly drew up 3 variations of the glow plug that i tried by manipulating and cutting the wire then re-soldering the wire back to the plug. After all my tests, the second setup probably worked the best.
Picture 1: normal glow plug wire
Picture 2: best performing set up
Picture 3: my current set up
THE RED INDICATES THE HOTTEST PART OF THE WIRE
Step 7: Details.
The next step is to add any details in with your hot glue gun. After checking your electronics you can also go ahead a glue over any exposed connections to the button.
Then I gave my wand a nice coat of black spray paint. Remember to sand the copper before hand so that the paint sticks to the copper and to paint in layers.
Next I alternated between brown spray paint and black acrylic/spray paint to get a dirty black wand with brown accents.
Step 8: Loading the Wand
To load the wand, get your sparkler and scrape off around an inch of powder. Crush it and put it aside.
Now take your flash paper and fold it into a pouch so that you can fill it with sparkler powder or low temp sparkler powder. Then scrunch the pouch up into a ball. Load the ball into the end of the smaller pipe with a pencil or similar object.
If you have flash cotton just load the flash cotton into the barrel before you load the flash paper. If you don't have flash cotton (like me) take a small strip of flash paper and put it into the glowplug right up next to heater coil. before you screw the smaller pipe back onto the wand.
Step 9: FIIIIIRRREEEEE!!!!!!!
Ps: if anyone wants a vid just let me know