How To: Make a permanent, reusable glow stick

Make a permanent, reusable glow stick

Make a reusable glow stick, glow-in-the-dark-style! Imagine, you'll never have to buy one of those ChemLite's again, because you can reuse this homemade glow stick over and over again. This video tutorial will show you how to make a permanent, reusable glow stick. The materials in this experiment are simple: epoxy resin, straw, and some phosphor powder.

C For Chemistry delves into the chemistry of science experiments. This chemist knows what he's talking about. These chemistry experiments are not only fun, but very educational for all of those interested in scientific chemical reactions and properties.

1. Ready the epoxy resin.
2. Copper doped zinc sulfide is added to syringe.
3. Add an equal amount of epoxy resin to the syringe.
4. Stir with a glass rod.
5. Inject mixture into tube (straw).
6. Leave syringe and tube undisturbed until completely hardened.

Phosphor powder carries property of phosphorescence, which is a specific type of photoluminescence related to fluorescence. Don't confuse this with chemiluminescence used in commercial glow stick, which depends on energy of chemical reactions.

Check out more of C for Chemistry science videos on WonderHowTo.

Music: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod @ Incompetech
Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0"

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Are there any other materials I can use to make it Aqua blue/ Blue instead of fluorescent green/yellow?

Video says light will last a matter of hours. If it's permanent, how do you renew the light?

It'll "recharge" so to speak every time you leave it under sunlight again.

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