TRICK CHRISTMAS CANDLES SHOOT UP WHEN LIT (Jan, 1933)

TRICK CHRISTMAS CANDLES SHOOT UP WHEN LIT

Red Christmas candles that will-amaze and mystify the children can be prepared in such a way that when the wicks are lighted the outside, which is merely a shell, will shoot into the air and reveal a stick of candy. This is much more surprising and novel than an ordinary jack-in-the-box and is quite as safe.

Make the candles by rolling shiny red paper into a tube. Each tube fits over a stick of candy set in a hole in a 3 in. wooden disk, also enameled red. In the top of each tube, resting on the candy, is placed a coil spring tied up with a cord, and the ends of the cord project out of the top to form the wick. The cord is prepared in advance by dipping it into a hot, saturated solution of saltpeter with a little glue added. When the wick is lighted, it will burn down quickly and release the spring, and the candle shell will be shot high into the air.

A few candles prepared in this way will add to the gayety at any Christmas or New Year’s party.—G. S. G.

3 comments
  1. latente says: April 2, 20072:24 am

    how many kid lose eye in this way?

  2. Jeffery Wright says: October 23, 20076:09 am

    the good ol’ days, when kids were encouraged to play with fire and pointy, unpredictable projectiles…

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