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Picture of Light Up Your Lighter With Some Art

In this Instructable, I will teach you how to make a decorative lighter, which can make a great gift for someone (smoker or non-smoker). I once saw someone who had one, and it inspired me to find my own way of decorating lighters. After much trial-and-error, I’ve found the best way to go about decorating a lighter, and now I’m sharing what I’ve discovered with you.

Skills
Anyone with a few supplies and a little creativity can accomplish this task. However, children should not play with lighters.

Time required
The decoration will take about 30 minutes, but you must wait at least 8 hours after beginning the semi-gloss painting process to use your lighter, as the semi-gloss will be wet (and flammable!).

WARNINGS
--Children should not play with lighters.
--The semi-gloss used in the last two steps (steps 6 and 7) is flammable, so do not light your lighter until the semi-gloss is completely dry (at least 8 hours after you begin the semi-gloss painting process).


 
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Step 1: Assemble Tools

Picture of Assemble Tools

First, assemble your tools on a flat surface.

You will need:
--1 standard-size Bic lighter (1'' high x 3'' wide)
--A writing utensil
--Small paintbrush
--Scissors
--Glue stick
--Ruler
--A few sheets of newspaper
--Magazines and/or colored paper and/or whatever images you want on your lighter
--A bottle of clear/translucent semi-gloss*

*Note: Semi-gloss is available most craft stores, such as Hobby Lobby. It is usually located in the model airplane/car aisle, but you may have to get a salesperson to open up a locked cabinet to get it for you. If you are under the age of 18, have a parent or guardian go with you, as people under 18 may not be allowed to purchase potentially flammable liquids at some stores.

 
paul.j.talbot2 months ago

Would Modge Podge work instead of Semigloss? I keep talking to art teachers/artists and they look at me funny when I say Semi-gloss and suggest modge podge.

annamwhitney (author)  paul.j.talbot2 months ago
I think it would work fine!
ketan.jeet.336 months ago

awesome

ketan.jeet.336 months ago

awesome

ketan.jeet.336 months ago

awesome

ketan.jeet.336 months ago

awesome

ketan.jeet.336 months ago

awesome

ali12341 year ago

Thank you for this Mod, i like it. I inspires me to make my lighter to look more cool.I only exchange the gloss with extralarge scotchtape

awesomeass3 years ago
cam i use the semi gloss that girls use for there nails? ps. they look great ;)