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Make little rockets out of paper matches that fly up to 30 feet! These are made out of just some houshold materials.
I am not responsible for any injuries caused by this project. Please wear eye protection when launching. Never shoot these at someone as they involve fire. Fire can burn you. Don't pick these up right after they land. Only use on pavement, or my personal favorite, into a lake, not on grass.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
Here are the materials you need:
-Paper matches
-A needle
-About 10" of 1/2" PVC pipe (you could just use part of a broomstick or somethin' but I had some of this pipe laying around)
-A chip clip or some kind of clip-not a clothes pin (again, whatever is conveniant for you)
-Dental floss or tic tac case (optional)

Some tools are also needed:
jpoopdog5 years ago
get a car battery or sla, and using two wires, short circut the battery between teithe rside of the tip of the rocket, this will result in a beter an safer ignition
xiaosijun5 years ago
i didnt get it i think you made more a cannon than a rocket. what am i supposed to do after that? heat the needle?
Vertigo6668 years ago
the rockets look like those snap things where you throw them on the ground and they pop
pmac93 (author)  Vertigo6668 years ago
i wish i could make those things.......
You could if you wanted. You just need nitric acid, silver metal, and anhydrous ethanol. Dissolve the silver in an excess of nitric acid, and wait for the fumes to die down. Then pour the ethanol in and wait up to four hours. Come back, and there should be some crystals of silver fulminate. Filter the solution and gently pour about a quart of distilled water over the crystals, to wash out the acid. Now you carefully mix some sand with these crystals and wrap them in some tissue paper. Then you're done.
pmac93 (author)  duct tape7 years ago
preferably without an order from united nuclear...but thanks for the recipe I will try it sometime
You can also use this method with mercury metal to make mercury fulminate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/mercury_fulminate Mercury fulminate was one of the first primary explosives known. It was used to detonate dynamite way back when.
or make iodine and ammonia solution. paint it on something and touch it when its dry. it goes bang :)
only if you can remove the iodine stain thats nitrogen tri iodide good stuff very volitile if properly filtered and dried (breath on it the wrong way and bang ) not that i would recomend that
sounds fun...why wouldnt you reccomend it?
Would you like to keep your face?
check his pic, no face!
MERCURY?!That's a poison!
If you are making explosives, mercury is the least of your problems. It is only toxic if you ingest it or have chronic contact with it.
Uranium fulminate! Deadly pop-its!
pop-its. there only a dollar for 2 packs
NopNopBoy6 years ago
Why do we need to wrap the foil and duck tape?? can just the naked pvc??
lol duck tape!

imagine the aisle where the "duck tape" is, full of quacking...

quack quack quack quack quack ...............

nutty20026 years ago
Ahhhhh this is a real rocket!!!!!!!!
wowuser38947 years ago
does it have to be a papermatch?
finnster7 years ago
i heard that someone got one to go 50 ft.
nkk077 years ago
use a pen?
zaro123457 years ago
very nice job. a little to much duct tape, but a great instructable to say the least.
If the rocket doesn´t fly you have to take a bigger piece of tinfoil
PetervG8 years ago
Stop out the unlit match rocket? Lol?
perhaps he meant the lit match, or rocket that fizzed out and is @#*%$# hot?
when ever i launch match rockets all that happens is the phosphorous make a hole in the foil instead of going out the back!!! i have made it right and evrything!!!why is it doing this???
same problem
You have to make sure the needle is touching the match head when you twist it or else it closes the exhaust port. If that doesn't work try making the exhaust port bigger, such as a thick sewing machine needle, and use a small pin to launch it off of. Sometimes it gets stuck on the launcher if you use the same needle in it.
You can make these rockets with wooden matches, too
$T.ars3nic8 years ago
well i was just wondering would this work with wood match if yes can you use those fireplace matches with long phosphorus heads???
pmac93 (author)  $T.ars3nic8 years ago
Honestly I haven't tried anything but paper match heads, but it could probably work...
I just thought while reading this. If it was larger scale like a bunch of matches... My oh my not all that safe...
Black Jelly8 years ago
whos house is that in the last picture???
i think i know him?!?!!
Black Jelly8 years ago
thats a cool saw in the picture. ...totaly love it! <3
PetervG8 years ago
The video looks just like mine but good job.
pmac93 (author)  PetervG8 years ago
Thanks, you could also stick heavier guage wire in the foil ball (i.e. coathanger wire) that goes in the launcher and it would work for your rockets too