How to Make Waterproof Matches





Introduction: How to Make Waterproof Matches

This instructable will show you how to make waterproof matches using a candle and non-waterproof matches.

Step 1: What You Will Need

You will need:

A candle


Step 2: Light the Candle

First, light the candle and wait for some wax to melt.

Step 3: Blow the Candle Out

Now blow the candle out after there is enough molten wax to dip the match tip in.

Step 4: Dip the Candles in the Wax

Next dip the tips of the matches in the molten wax. This will create a waterproof barrier against the water.

Step 5: Let the Wax Set

Finally to make them fully waterproof let the wax set making sure they don't stick together.

Step 6: How to Use

To use scrape the wax off the match and light it like normal.



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good idea thanks!!





hmm, i don't like the idea of wax. breaks very fast, and in sunlight it melts... i made matches with NAIL LACQUER. The lac endures time, temperature and pressure.

It's not the best but is better than getting all your matches soaked

Just a heads up,step 4 said "Dip The Candles In The Wax".It should be "Dip The Matches In The Wax".

Thanks will fix it

I wonder why you couldn't just stack them, as you dip them, into a block and let them stick together and then break them apart only as you need to use them? I wonder if that would increase the water-proofiness as well as keep them all together as a unit, so that if they were dropped say, into the lake, they would be easier to find and grab back up?

If you broke them up after the wax dried it'd crack and peel off of the other sticks.
Especially true if combined with your other idea

BUT - maybe the wood would have absorbed enough wax already to make them water repellant anyway? I'm going to try it and see.