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Fake lit cigarette

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This is a great prop for any costume where you want to be smoking a cigarette that appears lit.

Materials used:

-1 thin wooden dowel cut to 2"
-small sanding pick (not pictured)
-exacto knife (not pictured)
-white paper cut to the size and length of a cigarette (not pictured)
-Battery Holder with Color Coded wire leads (you can do AA or AAA or N 1.5V Alkaline Batteries, depending on the space you have to hide the battery pack - I included AA and N 1.5V holders in the picture below, just choose one)
-1 Slide switch or a button on/off switch (you can choose which works best for your overall design - I included both slide and button switches in picture below)
-1 cut light from a strand holiday lights (any type/color), leaving lead wire (I am using an orange light from a halloween strand of battery powered tiny lights) and exposing wire tips
-Soldering Iron and Soldering Wire (soldering wire not pictured)
-Black, yellow and Orange glitter
-White or Wood Glue
-Glue stick
-Clear tape (not pictured)
-White paper
-Yellow or beige colored pencil (not pictured)

 
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Step 1: Preparing the dowel for the light

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-Use the pliers to expose the ends of your cut light bulb wire
-Take the thin 2" wood dowel and carefully score 2 lines 2 mm apart along the length of it.  It's easier to put it in a vise to make sure you are safe while trying to score it, because you want to make sure not to slip.
-Using the sanding pick, chip at the scored 2mm "ribbon" to remove it from the dowel to create a space for you to hide the wire from the light.  Once you have started it, continue to sand the space until it is wide/deep enough for the 2 small wires to fit in it.
-Once the wires fit in the space, tape them into the "cigarette" to keep them into place.
sweet!
I can see using this as a practical joke in an office with a no smoking policy.
That's a cool idea. It really looks like a lit cigarette!
Neat prop. What was your costume?
Alexuma (author)  mikeasaurus1 year ago
I have used this a bunch of times for puppets, mostly - but once I used it in a Halloween costume. I was a prisoner in a visiting booth and had an ashtray filled with cigarette butts and one was lit (I ran the wires under the ashtray). WIll try and find the picture of that and add it to the Instructable!
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