A Roman candle is a traditional type of firework that consists of a paper tube filled with black powder and one or more thin wicks. The wicks are usually soaked in a flammable substance such as alcohol or kerosene, which allows them to be lit and burned for a prolonged period of time. When the wicks are lit, the black powder ignites and creates a spectacular display of sparks and flames.
Making your own Roman candles is a relatively simple process, but it does require some careful planning and preparation. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
1. Choose the right paper tube. The tube should be made of thick paper so that it doesn’t burst easily. A toilet paper roll or paper towel roll will work perfectly.
2. Cut the wicks to the desired length. The wicks should be long enough to extend beyond the ends of the paper tube, but not so long that they become unwieldy.
3. Fill the paper tube with black powder. Be sure to pack the powder tightly so that it doesn’t shift during transport or storage.
4. Soak the wicks in a flammable liquid. This will help them stay lit for a longer period of time.
5. Transport the Roman candle to the desired location. Be sure to keep the candle upright so that the black powder doesn’t spill out.
6. Light the wicks and enjoy the show!