Introduction: Mini Emergency Survival Kit

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Fire! Our ancestors have been keeping themselves warm with it for over 400,000 years. Those beautiful ancient monkey men known as homo erectus definitely had some skills. These days all you need to do is find your local store, buy a lighter or matches and bam - instant fire.

What happens though if your out in the wilderness and all you have is a wallet and a dead phone? If your a survivalist, then you just grab a couple of sticks and rub them together. Me? I follow the scouts motto instead... "be prepared'

I've made a survival kits in the past (see this 'ible) and a wax tinder (see this 'Ible), but this time I wanted to make an even smaller one. I don't think you can get any smaller then a fuse! To use the mini emergency kit, you need to break the fuse glass. I have also included some strike paper and a wick from one of those novelty candles that you can't blow out. Take that homo erectus!

You can hang the emergency survival kit around your neck so you won't lose it, and it is water resistant so getting it wet won't damage the matches inside.

Step 1: Things to Gather

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Things to Gather

1. Box of matches

2. 60 amp fuse (or a 100 amp one - as long as it is big!) – eBay

3. Novelty candle – eBay

4. Piece of brass rod (about 2 mm thick)

5. 2mm thick Suede thonging - eBay


1. Scissors

2. Small blow torch

3. Solder

4. Glue

5. Pliers

6. Flux

Step 2: Removing the Caps

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1. First thing to do is to remove the caps from the fuse. Put the fuse into a vice making sure that you don’t tighten too much.

2. Next grab a small blow torch (or even a lighter) and heat-up the end. The cap is held in place with a little glue which goes soft quickly. Also, the cap will have some solder in the end which needs to be heated.

3. Once the cap is hot enough, carefully remove the end with a pair of needle nose pliers.

4. Do this for both ends.

TIP: if you have any solder left in the cap, then hold the cap hole down with a pair of pliers and heat with the blow torch. Lightly tap the cap and it will come out.

Step 3: Adding the Loop

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1. With a pair of pliers, twist a piece brass wire to make a loop.

2. Cut the excess wire off so it makes a loop

3. Next add some flux to the top of one of the caps and with the mini blow torch, attach the brass loop

4. Give it a wipe over to remove any excess flux.

Step 4: Matches and Wick

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1. Cut the ends off on 4 matches so they fit inside the fuse. You will have to remove about 7mm.

2. With a Stanley knife, take some of the excess wood off the ends of the matches. It will help make them fit into the rolled strike paper.

2. Next remove the wax from the candle wick and cut to size.

Step 5: Adding the Strike Paper

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1. Add a strip of the strike paper to the inside of the glass tube.

2. To do this cut a length of the paper, trim off the ends and then roll. To make sure you can’t see the strike strip, cut it length ways and make the height the same as the fuse cap. Place the strip into the glass tube.

3. Once the strip is in place, add the matches and wick. You should be able to fit the matches and wick into the rolled paper. If not, take the paper out and trim a little more.

Step 6: Gluing

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1. If everything fits, the next step is to glue the caps into place.

2. Carefully put some glue on the insides of the cap. Try not to get any on the inside top, only on the sides.

3. Push the cap into place and repeat.

TIP – To clean the glass of any glue that might be still there from when you removed the caps, just heat with a lighter and wipe it away.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

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1. Leave to dry for 24 hours.

2. Thread a piece of leather or suede through the loop and tie the end.



Stealth_invader (author)2016-01-13

nice dude. i wish there was a way i could make it without having to sauder

indianajones5001 (author)2015-09-06


indianajones5001 (author)2015-09-06

Where did you get the jewelry string

Howdy - I got mine from a place called spotlight. If you type into eBay "suede cord" you'll be able find heaps.

Trasky (author)2015-09-06

you have inspired me

thijsv (author)2015-09-02

Beautiful survival jewellery! Can you make an Instructable for matching earrings? :-)

ottawafm (author)2015-08-27

Great idea! I'm a fire fanatic too. lol!

RedFox3 (author)2015-07-31

I like it

lovethebackwoods (author)2015-07-27

It is truly a beautiful combination of genius and practical beauty. I'm such a klutz, though, I can see myself now, whimpering into the emergency room and trying to explain why I have broken glass in my chest...

haha - yeah that would be a sticky situation.

You know you could always use one as a zipper puller as another member has suggested. Just don't attach to your pants...

judithn (author)2015-07-08

great :)

julian3012003 (author)2015-06-30

I need to make one of these. Fire is the only component in a survival kit that you can not just find from nature. Great use of a novelty candle!

monster_mash (author)2015-06-29

Don't burn the house down dad

I'll try not to son

ryan2020131 (author)2015-06-26

this is really cool, but i think its more of a emergency fire starter

NateB3 (author)ryan20201312015-06-29

it says EMERGENCY in the name!!!

buck2217 (author)2015-06-24

Very nice, well done, I have voted for you even though I am in the same competitition (magnanamous of me!!)

lonesoulsurfer (author)buck22172015-06-24

Very Magnanimous! Tell you what - if you build me one of those project sheds, I'll make you one of these.

You got my vote too - nice work.

buck2217 (author)lonesoulsurfer2015-06-25

Thanks, yeah I reckon that would be a fair exchange of skills and time!!

armin 7 (author)2015-06-19

great job

cloud2168 (author)2015-06-18

IT's really cool, and beautiful. Nice job!

I would love to have one.

acoleman3 (author)2015-06-16

interesting novelty, but you'd be better off to take a 3/8 dai x 4 inch drilled firesteel from world of fire on amazon (appr $9.00) and a fragment of hacksaw blade (for a scraper) and hang them on your keychain. it's more reliable than matches, can start thousands more fires than a couple matches and waterproof as is. tinder can be carried in a witz sports case (which is watertight and 33 mm thick x 68 mm wide x 11 mm long) clipped to a belt loop

lonesoulsurfer (author)acoleman32015-06-16

You could do that, or you could just stick a lighter in your pocket. I guess I wanted to make something that you could wear all the time and not even think about it.

acoleman3 (author)lonesoulsurfer2015-06-16

even a lighter has serious drawbacks (ie: fragile, gas will leak out, won't light if wet, won't stay lit in breezy conditions) and isn't as reliable. i carry a 1/2 x 5 inch rod, striker and half a dozen pairs of wax soaked cotton makeup pads in a small leather pouch on my belt and hardly even know it's there. it's come in handy many times though.

lonesoulsurfer (author)acoleman32015-06-17

True. I've used them in the past as well and they never fail.

bkonfuzius (author)2015-06-17

very nice! however, ii would recommend you to use some strike-anywhere matches or those with a bigger head.

if it is wet and/or windy I think it might be very hard to get something started with your kit.

I would have loved to have used some strike anywhere matches but you can't buy them in Australia! You can get windproof ones though (the ones with the big heads), but I doubt that you would anymore than 2 matches inside the fuse.

tirachy (author)2015-06-17

Very cool. The addition of the Novelty candle wick is genius. I never would of thought of it.

lonesoulsurfer (author)tirachy2015-06-17


DavidM45 (author)2015-06-16

Very creative and elegant! Make a few and use one for a zipper pull on your backpack.

lonesoulsurfer (author)DavidM452015-06-16

Yeah that's a great idea.

syates3 (author)2015-06-16

You know if you coat the head of the matches in wax it will make them water proof (doubt they would get wet though seems pretty water tight) as well? Strike anywhere might be better but it's cool idea none the less, and looks nice too.

lonesoulsurfer (author)syates32015-06-16


Did think about adding some wax to each of the matches to make them burn better. I was going to add the wax to the wood part to see if I could get a better burn and also make them a bit more wind proof.

Might have to do some experimentation to see what type of result I get

Cat00x (author)2015-06-16

I'm curious about the candle wick. Do I assume that you break the glass, light the match on the strike paper and then light the wick? Then use the wick to light your tinder? Sorry to be a bit slow about the process. Beautiful little kit, very elegant.

lonesoulsurfer (author)Cat00x2015-06-16

I added the wick because it relights itself if the flame goes out. There's a little magnesium in the wick so if you (or wind) blows the flame out, it sparks up and reignites. It also needs wax on the wick to reignite, but there is enough on the wick once you remove it for it to still work.

_-lNOBODYl-_ (author)2015-06-16

Nice thinking, but wouldn't it be better to use solder so that water isn't a problem with the wick? Also, consider placing some charcloth or other easy-to-catch (fire-wise) object. Otherwise, I would say that this is a good idea. (The stamped text on the fuse makes it look really cool!!!)

I was going to add a little bit of lint and wax (see this 'ible) but decided against it. I did do a test and it worked well with just a little wax and lint (burned for about 45 seconds) so its definitley a possibility.

rch (author)2015-06-16

Well done! I thought about using paracord instead of leather, but I think leather is more a pleasing look.

Maybe this...

lonesoulsurfer (author)rch2015-06-16

HAHA - love it!

you also need to attach a little hammer to the loop to smash the glass.

Nrgdragon (author)rch2015-06-16

nice one!

Nrgdragon (author)2015-06-16


I've made a survival kits in the past (see this 'ible) but...

(Emphasis added)

lonesoulsurfer (author)Nrgdragon2015-06-16

All sorted now - thanks!

Lantis0801 (author)2015-06-16

It's so cute. I'll make them some time soon :D Thanks for the idea.

sweetgrass225 (author)2015-06-16

I like this idea

Nighthaw (author)2015-06-14

Brilliant! in the step with the strike paper you mentioned not wanting to be able to see the paper over the end I was curious as to why? do the matches that strike on any material work a well, then you wouldn't need strike paper

lonesoulsurfer (author)Nighthaw2015-06-15

hey there,

There's really no practical reason why, I just wanted to make sure that you couldn't see the paper above the cap for ascetics.

I did think about using stick anywhere matches and was going to make my own (you can't buy them in Australia). In the end though I decided to use safety matches as I was worried about damaging the heads. The matches might be in there for some time and if I did have to use it I'd hate for the matches not to work!

Nighthaw (author)lonesoulsurfer2015-06-15

ok great. thanks

Battlespeed (author)2015-06-14

You don't need to use a fuse with that deconstructing, gluing, smashing it to use the contents, etc. At AliExpress they have tiny stainless steel vials with screw lids and rubber O-rings, totally waterproof. Sometimes used for carrying pills, sometimes for a loved one's ashes (yes, weird I know) with a loop at the top for stringing a chain or leather thong, etc. Very inexpensive. Doesn't make for an 'ible, I know, but a much better solution.

Whats the fun in that!

The breaking of the glass I guess is supposed to be a little ironic. You usually do this to sound a fire alarm - "in case of emergency break glass", this time it's to start a fire! Plus ascetically, being able to see what's inside the kit makes a lot more interesting.

1. You can't really tell what's in the kit that well anyway unless someone's up really close, which I'd rather they not be, and none of my friends would be exactly awe-struck by seeing a couple of matches, a wick and a strip of striking paper.

2. Easier to create the kit.

3. Use, refill and use again.

It's a matter of preference, of course. I like the kit itself, just not the container.

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