What is Magnesium Wire?

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magnesium wire is a fine filament made from magnesium metal. It is characterized by its good mechanical properties and resistance to corrosion.

It is available in different production lengths and is used for various applications. It can be drawn and formed in a wide range of temperatures.

How to use this product:

This chemical experiment requires a piece of magnesium wire and a flame source (such as a match). The ribbon will burn ferociously in air producing a bright white light.


When magnesium atoms in the metal wire come into contact with oxygen molecules in the air they oxidize, removing their electrons. In return, the dioxygen molecule in the air is reduced and becomes a powdery substance called magnesium oxide.

How is this material obtained?

Magnesium is a mineral that is found in various rocks and minerals such as brucite, carnallite, dolomite, magnesite, olivine and talc. It is a very soft and highly ductile metal that can be obtained by combining magnesium with other elements in an alloy.

How to ignite this ribbon:

Holding one end of the wire with tongs, place the other end in the flame until it ignites. It will take a few seconds for the reaction to begin, so be patient!

When the magnesium ribbon is cooled down it will form a white powdery substance, which you should throw away. Do not eat the powder, as it is very corrosive to your body. It may also cause a fire.