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Reusable Glow Sticks/Tubes - DIY Tutorial

This is a discussion on Reusable Glow Sticks/Tubes - DIY Tutorial within the General Prepper and Survival Talk forums, part of the Survivalist, Prepper, Bushcrafter, Forest Rangers category; gee wiz! what a super post! thanks prepperdogs! im gonna order the stuff for this and print yer tutorial so when the time is right ...

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    gee wiz! what a super post! thanks prepperdogs! im gonna order the stuff for this and print yer tutorial so when the time is right i can do this!

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    2nd Batch

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    I think I'd rather use a solar landscape light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrepperDogs View Post
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    Regardless of the prepper value, my little grandson Bucco will LOVE these! Thanks a million for a GREAT idea!
    rest in peace Corporal Bradley Coy 06/08/92-10/24/14

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrepperDogs View Post
    I see the usefulness of cyalume glow sticks, but I don't like the cost versus one-time use, even from the dollar store.

    I did a bit of interweb searching and came up with a reusable, effective, and inexpensive solution using various ideas that I found. The items that I used are the basics needed. You can switch items to your situation as needed.

    These tubes can be recharged during the day with sunlight or a quick blast with a flashlight.

    Ingredients:

    Epoxy or polyester resin. Must be clear when mixed.
    Glow Powder, choice of colors.
    Test tubes. Must be clear.

    -----------------------------------------------------------

    Mix your resin according to instructions. My wife uses this clear epoxy for her projects.
    It's a simple 1:1 ratio. 5 minute epoxy syringes can work as well.


    I used 30ml medicine cups for mixing. Mix thoroughly BEFORE adding powder.


    1/2 tsp. glow powder per 30ml batch


    Mix thoroughly


    The test tubes I used have a volume of 15ml. Screw caps are optional.


    Initial glow test after filling. Completely dark shop.
    Update: For some reason this post REALLY intrigued me. So I collected all of the materials necessary. I think I even bought the same brand tubes, glow powder and resin as seen in the post at least from the picture. I did not buy this specifically as a prepper item; I bought it because I thought my grandson would like it. (He is WAY big into swords, guns and flashlights. What can I say? The apple does not fall far from the tree.)

    We got the unexpected surprise that our grandson would be spending a couple days with us today, due to our daughter being sick with the flu. So I mixed up a quick batch of this and poured it into tubes before supper tonight. After supper, I brought our grandson Bucco into my shop to get his reaction... When I turned out the light, Bucco's only word was "COOL!" As we came back into the house he excitedly exclaimed: "Grandma! Grandpa made light potion!" :D Times like that remind me why I even bother to chew through the leather restraints every morning. Thank-you Prepper Dog!

    Tomorrow, Buc and I are going to mix up a batch that is double the glow powder that I put into this one to see if we can increase the intensity of the light a bit. (I went a bit lighter than your recipe - 1/2 tsp for 2 tubes.) Regardless of the prepper value, for any of you that have young kids in your life, this is a GREAT project! It is quick and requires nothing special in the way of tools. It is 100% safe. It is cheap. And based on Bucco's reaction, kids go nuts over it!
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    rest in peace Corporal Bradley Coy 06/08/92-10/24/14

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    ""Grandma! Grandpa made light potion!"

    Priceless.

    I'm getting some for my big brother to play with. He's already looking for weird shapes to pour "light potion" in....

 

 
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