Originally Posted by Ed Sukach
hey ed -
i can't imagine hitting a pool ball made out of collodion! talk about a explosive game of pool - maybe it was only the 8-ball
i documented a nitrocelulose plant at the picatinny arsenal in dover new jersey ... it (collodion/nitrocellulose) was used as a propellant charge in missles, and one of the "bases" in a double base ordnance, with the other one being nitroglycerine. the way they made it ( at the arsenal ) was by taking linens and soaking them in a nitrate solution, then they would remove the cloth from the vats, and put them in another vat containing alcohol ( to rid of the water from the nitrate solution ) and i think they would ddissolveit in ether. for propellant charge the thick clear collodion was extruded (noodled) and carefully cut into pellets, and then packed into the ordnance.
they also used collodion in wartime as a covering for wound after surgery. it made a clear, tough, protective layer ( new-skin at your local drug store is the same sort of stuff ) ... all i have to say is that it must have hurt like a &*&^% - good think there was booze, ether and a heavy mallet handy
i used to get jars of it from my local pharmacy and make my own cellophane --- if the ether that was given off as the liquid converted to a solid didn't make you woozy, if you the stuff on your fingers it would burn like mad. not to mention i always shook in my boots when i carefully opened a partially filled bottle of collodion! for a while there i could have been a safe-cracker - no finger prints