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Step 6: The first coat

Lay the 4x4 out on a smooth flat surface. Draw a line 6.71 inches from the top. Everything above that line needs to be coated in the match head mixture; however, due to the drying time of the mixture, only one face of the giant match can be painted at a time.



1. Put some paper or a towel underneath the head of the match to prevent mess, and help collect all the matches that fall off the side.

2. Slowly pour the mixture onto the upward facing side of the match. This is only the first coat, so lay the mixture down as thin as possible while still making sure to cover all the wood.

3. Wait about 1 - 2 hours for the mixture to dry solid , then rotate the match and repeat until all four faces are covered.

4. To coat the top of the match head the entire 4x4 will have to be vertical. By placing it next to stairs I was able to easily cover the entire top without too many match heads falling off.
<p>I liked all the humor in this. Very well done. Aaaannnddddd, since I'm here. I must note that I just went on Wikipedia and it says that Marco Polo did not bring the match, and that he died of illness.</p><p><br></p><p>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Polo </p>
<p>Best thing I've seen in a long time :) Thanks for posting it!</p>
Any chance of reuploading the videos to youtube?
Giant match.... equals giant fire??? <br>COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Step-11 <br>Picture-1 <br>Ride 'em cowboy!
I just noticed that in the first unedited video the video quality make the distant city look like it it burning.
FUZZY LOL
How much would this whole thing cost???
you bring the match i bring the big chandel
I'm going to use this giant mach to light a huge bundle of fireworks. You know. For SCIENCE.
How was that not illegal?
Sweet!
Marco Polo died from illness, and lived about 650 years ago.<br />
If wikipedia said it, then it must be true.
hehe, funny<br />
yeah yeah. its written in wikipedia! its true! its true!
All hail wikipedia!<br /> LOL<br /> JK<br />
Everyone knows that <em>everything</em> you read on the internet is true. And, wikipidia is on the internet, so, it's true!!!<br />
so true.
I quote Wikipaedia (gasp!), &quot;In 1323, Polo was confined to bed, due to illness. On January 8, 1324, despite physicians' efforts to treat him, Polo was on his deathbed.&quot;<br><br>Hmm, any relation to matches???
According to wikipedia, Marco Polo died from illness, and lived 686 years ago.<br />
U should make an instructable on how to make a giant fire
heres how to make a giant fire: get a lot of flammable stuff, and combine it with a lot of flammable stuff. put it all somewhere. burn it. ta-da, giant fire.
"Dissolve the balls". Worst quote ever....
Agreed.
Was supposed to be a smiley
darn space loss
now, you will tell us what we want or we will disolve the balls!!! mwahahahahaha!! okay coffee break now. (walks away while balls disolve)
that was wood? i thought it was rubber :)
is that the double rainbow guy in the 2nd video?!?!
Where did you light it?
it looked like he had a piece of sandpaper secured onto a piece of ply wood.
No,Like i mean the place
apparantly, make sure you have enough alcohol to complete the project...
of course. what fun is fire without alcohol?
Was it a school project?<br><br>And the flame does look quite like the outline of a baby...
Looks like anemone. Very flammable anemone.
spray paint is flame able. explosivley falmable!OO <br> U
This slightly reminds me of that scene in &quot;9&quot; when 5 grabs a match to light a barrel of oil to destroy The Machine. though this match is slightly larger.
you sir are funny
Lol reminds me of MythBusters. It would be a good idea to not do the match head cutting around New Years with all the sparklers and all
wow..this is seriously awesome! =D
Chuck Norris uses this to light his BBQ grill
you have a giant match but only a normal sized fire crew on hand hahaha lol nice instructable
I wish I was creative.
Here is the match.
The one pic looks like a meteor is about to hit you. And that thing is sweet
Don't you remember people always telling you not to play with matches?&nbsp;Well I don't think thats the problem, it should be don't play with giant matches! But you do anyways. XD<br /> Awesome Instuctable :-)<br />
looks like a big flare!
and also acording to wikipedia this is how marco polo realy died <p>In 1323, Polo was confined to bed, due to illness. On January 8, 1324, despite physicians' efforts to treat him, Polo was on his deathbed. To write and certify the will, his family requested Giovanni Giustiniani, a priest of San Procolo. His wife, Donata, and his three daughters were appointed by him as <a href="/wiki/Executor" rel="nofollow" title="Executor"><font color="#002bb8">co-executrices</font></a>. The church was entitled by law to a portion of his estate; he approved of this and ordered that a further sum be paid to the convent of <a href="/wiki/San_Lorenzo,_Venice" rel="nofollow" title="San Lorenzo, Venice"><font color="#002bb8">San Lorenzo</font></a>, the place where he wished to be buried.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-DeathBergeen_10-0"><a href="#cite_note-DeathBergeen-10" rel="nofollow"><font size="2"><font color="#002bb8"><span>[</span>8<span>]</span></font></font></a></sup> He also set free a &quot;<a href="/wiki/Tatars" rel="nofollow" title="Tatars"><font color="#002bb8">Tartar</font></a> <a class="mw-redirect" href="/wiki/Slave" rel="nofollow" title="Slave"><font color="#002bb8">slave</font></a>&quot; who may have accompanied him from Asia.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-11"><a href="#cite_note-11" rel="nofollow"><font size="2"><font color="#002bb8"><span>[</span>9<span>]</span></font></font></a></sup></p> <p>He divided up the rest of his assets, including several properties, between individuals, religious institutions, and every guild and fraternity to which he belonged. He also wrote-off multiple debts including 300&nbsp;lire that his sister-in-law owed him, and others for the convent of San Giovanni, San Paolo of the Order of Preachers, and a cleric named <a href="/wiki/Friar" rel="nofollow" title="Friar"><font color="#002bb8">Friar</font></a> Benvenuto. He ordered 220&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" title="Solidus (coin)"><font color="#002bb8">soldi</font></a> be paid to Giovanni Giustiniani for his work as a notary and his prayers.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-DeathBergeen_10-1"><a href="#cite_note-DeathBergeen-10" rel="nofollow"><font size="2"><font color="#002bb8"><span>[</span>8<span>]</span></font></font></a></sup> The will, which was not signed by Polo, but was validated by then relevant &quot;signum manus&quot; rule, by which the testator only had to touch the document to make it abide to the rule of law,<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-12"><a href="#cite_note-12" rel="nofollow"><font size="2"><font color="#002bb8"><span>[</span>10<span>]</span></font></font></a></sup> was dated January 9, 1324. Due to the Venetian law stating that the day ends at sunset, the exact date of Marco Polo's death cannot be determined, but it was between the sunsets of January 8 and 9, 1324.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-DeathBergeen_10-2"><a href="#cite_note-DeathBergeen-10" rel="nofollow"><font size="2"><font color="#002bb8"><span>[</span>8<span>]</span></font></font></a></sup></p>

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