Monday, October 15, 2007

Feather Boas


A feather boa is a fashion accessory that is usually wrapped around the neck like a scarf.

A boa may be made of fur but is usually made from various types of feather: Ostrich,
Marabou, Chandelle and Turkey are the most common feathers. Feathers used to go through bleaching and/or dyeing processes and are glued and stitched into lengths called 'ply'. Sometimes more natural boas are produced. A lightweight chandelle boa may weigh only 60g while a 24 ply ostrich boa may weigh 100g. Boas are available through novelty, costume or lingerie shops.

PartyMart.com has a full and complete range of incredible feather boas. From short 40" boas to thick 100 gram turkey feather boas.

100 gram boas are offered in just a few colors- Black, hot pink, red and white feathers.

Feather boas are extremely popular to complete costumes, for example 1920s themed flapper costumes. The boas are also extremely popular for bachelorette parties, as party favors, exotic dancing and many more applications.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Glow Sticks



A glowstick or lightstick is a transparent plastic tube which contains chemical substances capable of producing light through a chemical reaction induced chemoluminescence which does not require an electrical power source.

Glowsticks are waterproof, do not use batteries, and are inexpensive and disposable. They can tolerate high pressures, such as those found underwater. Because they do not have batteries or contain electrified filaments like normal flashlights, they are safe for use in explosive environments. In many situations they are preferable to use as opposed to other light sources, despite the disadvantage of not being renewable or rechargeable.

Cyalume was invented by Michael M. Rauhut and Laszlo J. Bollyky of American Cyanamid based on work by Edwin A. Chandross of Bell Labs.[1] Other early work on chemoluminescence was carried out at the same time, by researchers under Herbert Richter at China Lake Naval Weapons Center.[2][3] Richard Taylor Van Zandt is the registered inventor on the U.S. Patent 4,064,428 filed on November 1, 1976 for the original "Chemical Light Device".

Glowsticks are used for many purposes. They may be used by marching band conductors for night time performances, and also used for entertainment at parties (especially raves), concerts, and dance clubs. 

Glowsticking refers to the use of glowsticks in dancing. In Hong Kong, glowsticks are widely used in Mid-Autumn festival. A further application are light effects, especially balloon-carried light effects. They are also used as light sources and light markers by military forces, campers, and recreational divers doing night diving. 

Glowsticks are considered the only safe light source immediately following an earthquake, due to the fact that they do not use any kind of electricity to work, and there is no danger of sparking.

Special
glowstick formulas emitting infrared radiation are used in conjunction with night vision devices.

Stuff you need to know - The
glowstick contains two chemicals and a suitable fluorescent dye (sensitizer, or fluorophor). The chemicals in the plastic tube are a mixture of the dye and a derivate of phenyl oxalate ester (also called Cyalume). 

The chemical inside the glass vial is concentrated (about 35%) hydrogen peroxide. 

By mixing the peroxide with the phenyl oxalate ester, a chemical reaction takes place; the ester is oxidized, yielding two molecules of phenol and one molecule of peroxyacid ester (That's pretty cool, we think). 

The peroxyacid decomposes spontaneously to carbon dioxide, releasing energy that excites the dye, which then de-excites by releasing a photon. The wavelength of the photon—the color of the emitted light—depends on the structure of the dye (and you thought we only sold novelty items... this is cool science).

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Litecube LED Ice Cubes

People ask how to use Litecubes (officially tested and licensed flashing ice cubes).

Well, they have been used all over the world for various types of events as decor, centerpieces, ice cubes and more.

These litecubes are now available in different colors and styles.

Litecubes are the first freezable light up ice cube that turns on and off with the push of a button!

It is a non-toxic plastic 1-inch square block that resembles the fanciest of ice cubes. The interior contains an FDA approved freezable gel, either a solid or multi colored LEDs and a lithium ion battery. 

The total lifespan of the light is a minimum of 12 hours and is easily disposable. 

To activate, just simply push the button on the bottom of each cube. Unlike the single-use “glow sticks” that are popular these days at concerts and parties, the litecube can be turned off and then reused again.

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litecubes online at PartyMart.com