There are many options available to you for the coloring of flames:
- Toss dry colorants onto the flames.
- Soak logs in an alcohol solution of colorants.
- Soak logs in an aqueous (water) solution of colorants and allow the logs to dry.
- Prepare pinecones, sawdust, or cork with colorants.
Steps for preparing pinecones or sawdust
- Pour water into a bucket. Use sufficient water to be able to wet your pinecones, sawdust, or waste cork. Skip to step 3 if you purchased your colorant in liquid form.
- Stir in colorant until you can't dissolve any more. For sawdust or waste cork, you may also add some liquid glue, which will allow the pieces to stick together and form larger chunks.
- Add the pinecones, sawdust, or cork. Mix to form an even coat.
- Let the material soak in the colorant mixture for several hours or overnight.
- Spread the pieces out to dry. If desired, pinecones may be placed in a paper or mesh bag. You can spread sawdust or cork out on paper, which will also produce colored flames.
Before I list the materials and their corresponding colors, I must stress to wear eye and hand protection. And to do the preparation outside to avoid suffocating from any fumes.
- Yellow - Sodium chloride
- Purple - Potassium chloride
- Orange - Calcium chloride
- Green - Copper sulfate
- Red - Strontium chloride
- Blue - Copper chloride
- Carmine - Lithium chloride
Good Luck and Blessed Be!