After tears, comes laughter.
On the home-made production of tear gas and by-products.
. Dried peppers
. 1 large jug
. 1 large pot
. 1 Electric burner
— Chop the dried peppers in a blender and put them into a large jug.
— Add alcohol until they are covered by an inch
— Put the jug into a pot of water on an electric
burner and bring the alcohol almost to a simmer.
Be very careful as the alcohol fumes and can ignite.
Don’t use a flame to heat the water.
— Let the alcohol cool a bit then filter it off.
— Repeat this step three times.
— Throw out the peppers and put all the alcohol
into a large mouthed jar.
— Take the water pot and heater outside and heat up
the alcohol (for safety).
— Evaporate the alcohol down to about 100 mls.
— Filter off the alcohol grain and finish evaporate until you obtain a thick reddish oil.
— Use as a 1%/5% solution. (Dilute with oil)
Installation view, 2016.
Piment d'Espelette & Cognac, 2016.
Pepper spray, 2016.
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Pine, plastic basin, spray paint, Castile soap, water, salt.