Paintball is an extremely popular sport in the United States, particularly among teens. Many participants would like to make their own paintballs, instead of constantly buying them from sporting goods or outdoor adventure stores. Unfortunately, manufacturing paintballs requires several pieces of sophisticated equipment that most teens likely don’t have lying around at home. Also, the process itself is fairly difficult. Be sure to follow proper safety procedures to avoid health hazards.
1. Put on your safety goggles and gloves, then pour water, sweetener, preservative, gelatin, and your food ingredient combination (the most common combination is sorbitol, wax and polyethylene glycol) into a heated mixing bowl. Stir until the mixture has completely melted.
2. Pour the melted liquid into the gel tote. Lower the large blender into the tote, add the food dye, and blend.
3. Pour the gel from the gel tote into the encapsulation machine. The machine will spread the gel out on to the cooled drum and will automatically mold it into the hollow shell shape of the paintball. Once the shell is made, the machine will automatically insert the paint filling inside.
4. Put the newly created paintballs into the tumble dryer, and leave them there for 2 to 3 hours. Take the paintballs out of the dryer, and allow them to harden on a rack. This should take about 7 to 10 hours.