No Fire Without Smoke

A couple of people have emailed asking how I made the explosions in the last blog.

Well it is so simple and relatively quick.

Stage 1. Materials. well I have a large amount of stuffing from an old cushion, spray glue, Fluorescent Yellow spray, Fluorescent Orange spray and some red spray. The two fluorescent spray were from Halfords at £7 each and instead of the army painter red I also have a spray from Wilkinsons which I think was £3. Either are good. The spray glue I have had for a few years

The materials

The materials

Stage 2.  Shape the stuffing into the shapes you want. Take as little or as long as you need to get the correct shape. I held these down to the board with a little Blu-Tac.SAM_3411Stage 3. Spray with the glue. This when dry will set the stuffing in to the shape you have chosen. Do not wait, move straight on to stage 4.

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Stage 4. Without waiting for the glue to dry, spray most of the explosion in Yellow.  Ensure the base of the fire is well coated as that will be the hottest part of the explosion. Do not wait, move straight on to stage 5.

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Stage 5. Without waiting, spraying from above and slightly off to the sides spray the Orange. This is a quick spray not too intense as you don’t want it to swamp the yellow. It should start to blend in with the yellow a little way up the explosion. Do not wait, move straight on to stage 6.

SAM_3414Stage 6. From directly above now spray the red .

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Stage 7. The process so far has taken less than 5 minutes. Now leave till they are touch dry.

If you want to vary them and have a fuel/oil fire, prime the stuffing with a light dusting of black and/or grey before stage 4.

Please have a go, I am sure you will be surprised at how easy yet effective it is.

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2 responses to “No Fire Without Smoke

  1. Geoff Coe

    Hi Graham,
    Might you be able to make nine fire markers for my Polish Uprising game 1831 to represent burning towns and villages
    Cheers,
    Geoff,
    Wellington, Somerset

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