Introduction: Smoke in a Jar

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Smoke in a jar??????? Yup thats right you can trap smoke in a jar. And in this Instructable i'm going to show you how.

Step 1: Materials Needed

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For this Instructable you will need

a Q card

a lighter

a jar with a lid

Step 2: Folding the Q Card

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First fold the card in half so you have a crease, then unfold.

Now fold both sides into the center.

Fold that in half and then this step is done!

Step 3: Making the Smoke.

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Take the lighter and light the end of the folded Q card on fire.

Now lightly blow the fire out so it smokes.

Quickly insert the tip into the jar and cover the top with your hand while pinching the folded Q card in between your thumb and index finger.

Step 4: Finishing Up

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When the smoke is your desired thickness quickly remove your hand and the folded Q card and screw on the lid.

The smoke will last for about 10 to 15 mins.

Step 5: How This Works

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Smoke wants to rise so if you block its exit it has nowhere to go. Its as simple as that.

Hope you enjoyed!


Filippo Taddei (author)2017-05-13

nice 'ible! Is the smoke sitting inside there for ever or will it disappear at some point?

7macs (author)Filippo Taddei2017-05-13

It will start to dissipate after about 10-15 mins.

mrsmerwin (author)2017-04-26

But what do you do with it?

Suki_ete (author)mrsmerwin2017-05-03

Maybe you can make a lamp with your phone's flashlight too. It's just an idea, I don't know if it works. ?

ailaG (author)mrsmerwin2017-04-27

You can use it in LARPs. If you play a wizard, a fortune teller, possibly an alchemist...

random_builder (author)mrsmerwin2017-04-27


rainingfiction (author)2017-04-29

I like this a lot!

7macs (author)rainingfiction2017-04-30

Thank you!

7macs (author)2017-04-27

You cant really do anything with it, but if there is a small breeze you can take the lid of and it makes a really cool effect. but it still looks cool just sitting in the jar.

7macs (author)2017-04-27


Thanks thats really cool!

unigamer (author)2017-04-27

Smoke doesn't "want to rise". It is usually in hot air and that causes it to rise. I have head that early hot air balloon pioneers thought that it was the smoke from a fire that would make their balloons rise but of course, it's the hot air! I don't have a reference for that little anecdote but you can read more about the subject here:


You'll need to find something to do with your trapped smoke!

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