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How do you make your own glow sticks?

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You can make your own glow sticks at home with small amounts of several chemicals and some simple chemistry equipment. Although making your own glow sticks is easy, it's more expensive than purchasing manufactured glow sticks at a store.

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  1. Gather and measure ingredients

    To make glowsticks, you need the following ingredients: 2 liters distilled water, 50 milliliters 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution, 0.2 grams luminol, 4 grams sodium carbonate, 0.4 grams copper sulfate and 0.5 grams ammonium carbonate. You also need the following materials: 2 glass containers with at least a 1-liter capacity, a graduated cylinder that can measure 50 to 1000 milliliters, a glass stir rod or stainless steel mixing spoon, and small containers to form the glow sticks.

  2. Prepare hydrogen peroxide solution

    Put 1 liter of distilled water in one of the large glass containers. Carefully add 50 milliliters of the 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to the container. Set this solution aside until you are ready to use it.

  3. Prepare the luminol solution

    Put 1 liter of distilled water in the other large glass container. Carefully add 0.2 grams luminol, 4 grams sodium carbonate, 0.4 grams copper sulfate and 0.5 grams ammonium carbonate. Use the stir rod or mixing spoon to stir the solution until all of the chemicals are completely dissolved.

  4. Make the glow sticks

    Prepare one or more small containers to hold the glow stick liquid. Pour equal amounts of the hydrogen peroxide and luminol solutions into each container. The liquid will start to glow immediately and should continue to glow for 5 to 30 seconds. If you want to make the glowing effect last slightly longer, measure the luminol solution into the container first and slowly pour in the hydrogen peroxide solution.

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