Who knew fire could be so artistic?
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Citric acid reacts with magnesium to produce hydrogen gas. After several minutes, the gas completely fills the flask and tube. Only then can it be ignited – creating a hydrogen flame with a temperature of about 2000 °C. This is more than enough to char cellulose, which is the main component of plywood. Science and art go hand in hand!
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