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Perhaps I actually don't need to say anything more about this Idea. But if some annotation indicates the notion isn't clear, perhaps I'll come back and add a dozen or three paragraphs....
[zeno], look up how fancy fireworks are constructed, and imagine it shrunk down to paintball size. The parts
of the firework that simply burn pretty would be replaced by paint (multiple colors, of course); the parts that explode the ball in a controlled way would be retained. We do want these paintballs to explode before impact (so the gun needs to ignite a fuse-equivalent as the paintball exits it).
Some info on firework construction
For anyone interested. [Vernon, Sep 25 2014]
Rex Garrod demonstrates his explosive paintballs
Not the same, but relevant (and a fantastic series) [mitxela, Sep 25 2014]
||Interesting, the different patterns which could be created by paintballs which explode on impact as opposed to those which explode in flight. Would be popular with frustrated Abstract Expressionists.
||Well, a paintball hitting a target leaves a pretty explosive mark as it is, so is this about a firecracker with paint in? But can it be shot from a paintball gun or sent up with a rocket?
I just don't get it. It's just too few paragraphs.
||[+] A new way to make tie-dyed Tee Shirts, too!
||Those are all words that I like, [bigs]. So are 'explosively'
||'Bun' is another excellent word.
||My wife forbid me to experiment with napalm paintballs... but she didn't say anything about fireworks!
||Two bangs in one, Sort like the Doublemint gum.
||Bang-snaps (see Wikipedia) might be one method
for achieving explosion
But it occurs to me that the rapid acceleration of
firing the paint ball (and I am thinking of a plastic
ball-shaped projectile as I write) could also cause a
similar mixture to ignite, perhaps in turn igniting a
timed fuze which would in turn ignite a charge
which would rupture the casing and free the
paint. Containing the bang-snap and fuze gases
would be a problem unless they are vented, or
unless the casing of the ball can only be broken by
the accumulation of bang-snap plus fuze plus final
charge gases. All of the pyro would be suspended
in the center of the ball, surrounded by paint, and
the whole thing contained in the usual way by a
Or perhaps you could make a slow-burning bang-
snap core and calibrate the shell to burst at a
certain pressure during the bang-snap burn.
||Welcome to the Halfbakery, [Taxciter].
||" Perhaps I actually don't need to say anything more about this Idea "