Glow sticks are a fun light toy for both children and adults, and these chemical lights can actually be made at home. With the right chemicals and supplies, you can make a glowing liquid that mimics the store-bought commercial brands. You'll need a number of chemicals -- the more unusual of which you'll need to find online -- distilled water, glass containers and safety gloves to complete this straightforward do-it-yourself project.
Prepare your work area by ensuring that it is well-ventilated, free of spills and away from flames. Put on your safety glasses and gloves.
Pour 1 liter of distilled water into a glass container. Slowly add 4 grams of sodium carbonate with 0.2 gram of luminol, 0.5 gram of ammonium carbonate and 0.4 gram of copper sulfate pentahydrate.
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Mix the chemicals thoroughly, and set aside the container.
Pour 1 liter of distilled water into a second glass container. Add 50 milliliters of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and stir well.
Put the contents of both containers into a third glass jar. Pour them together slowly to create a blue glowing liquid.
The luminol method is a true chemical light. TCPO or bis (2,4,6-trichlorophenyl) oxalate is used to make glow sticks, and its fluorescent colored dyes are made to glow by adding energy.