Instructables

How to make strike anywhere matches

Featured
Picture of How to make strike anywhere matches
You will need: Safety matches (with matchbox), sanding paper, a small container, something to stir with, a pair of pliers, a tube or a D-cell battery, and water.

You will also need something to lay the matches on, like a the edge of a table or this CD case that I used.

 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 2: Put on the phosphorus

Put a few drops if water in the container and stir well. Take the matches, one by one, and dip them in the mixture. Then lay them on the edge of the table/CD case.

Step 3: Cover the phosphorus

When they're dry, take some new matches and squeeze off the heads with the pliers, then pulverize the powder with the pipe or battery by pressing it down and rolling it over the powder and then put it in the container (if you're using the same container, be sure to wash out the leftover phosphorus). Add a few drops of water and stir well. Then dip the matches in the new mix so that you cover the phosphorus already on them and let them to dry again for a while.

Step 5: Warning

Please be sure to wash your hands after making these matches, phosphorus is toxic.
anders6251 month ago

finally I can make my own, thank you

namraps2 years ago
You can buy strike anywhere matches at OSH (Orchard Supply)
veeguy namraps2 months ago

You do realize people from all over the planet Earth use this web site, right? I have been in a *lot* of places but I don't recall a OSH store in Nairobi Kenya or Capetown South Africa or Quito Ecudor, certainly not in Hanoi or Kiev either if I remember right.

benny8025 (author)  namraps2 years ago
i cant
dracothered2 years ago
This is cool, but I find it easier to go to e-bay and buy a couple boxes of strike anywhere Diamond Matches...
Sorry if I'm mistaken but it seems to me as if you were missing the point of this whole DIY-thing. Of course it's easier to buy stuff, but it's usually cheaper, more fun and more satisfying to make stuff yourself.
actually, in this case i believe it would be cheaper to buy the strike anywhere matches on ebay.

You should invest enough time to read the already left comments before saying the same comment that that was already addressed TWICE!

benny8025 (author)  hellstudios2 years ago
i dont think so,but it's less work.
you are not mistaken, and i agree, if the feedback other commenters are putting up is "its easier", or "ill buy it elsewhere", i see no point of them reading this, or even visiting this site. it seems like they are just trying to be conceited " "heads and unfortunately theres just to many of them trolling...i wish the "be nice" policy was enforced...and i mean whats up with the plug, work for any particular match company do ya?
Hey I wasn't trolling or making a plug for a company. I just said I find it easier for this type of thing to buy them. It doesn't mean that I wouldn't keep this in the back of my mind if I couldn't get those matches any more.

You are assuming to much by my comment I made... Also to clear up why would I go to e-bay to get strike anywhere matches is because I can't get them locally (some think I will hurt myself with them).

Besides I thought it was a cool DIY...
ok, then, but i hope you see how i may have taken that tone to mean it was somehow unappreciative of the effort. I see by your concern and clarification, that you do appreciate it, so i apologize for implying it was troll like. I have had past interactions in the diy where the stated intention of authors was to call something stupid, unnecesary, or otherwise "uncool", and perhaps i am a bit sensitive to it. but since you did start with "its cool", its the "but" part that ruined it for me.

so fair enough...
benny8025 (author)  puertojake2 years ago
Me?
ARJOON Zovits2 years ago
+10000000000000000
Swan Vesta matches in the UK...
Hey, remember that in my country, no one has ever heard of strike anywhere matches (except for me and a few others that browse the net and went to the US). Which means no one sells them, which means this is the most useful instructable anyone here can... use.
Since when do people goto eBay for Matches! Forget buying at your local store or forbid maybe buy from a friend who sells them. Jerk-Economics!
oilitright2 years ago
OK the author gets an 'atta-boy' for the effort and a hearty keep up the good work. OK the grammar and spelling might not be perfect but it is understandable. If I were the author I might want to edit it to say where the phosphorous is coming from and maybe go buy a zippo which is one of the things I never leave home without and I don't smoke. A zippo if the most reliable foire producing device I've found that fits in my pocket.
veeguy oilitright2 months ago

Zippo's are great and I always carry my 45 year old stainless steel model, but if your life is going to depend on lighting a fire, I'd strongly suggest a magnesium bar with a built in flint and striker. Zippo's run dry, are susceptible to getting wet, need tinder and rarely, the sparker wheel can break. If the wheel does break, Zippo will replace/repair it free, but that won't keep you warm in the woods if lost.

I'd say a Bic lighter is lighter, cheaper, and probably even more reliable than a zippo. If you don't use a zippo for a long while, the lighter fluid can dry up, that won't happen with a Bic.
OK I see your point, but a bic can leak out and stays in the land fill forever and I don't have to buy another one when it's empty. Zippo will definitely light in conditiones where a bic will never light and when it does light the Zippo is a lot more fire. And don't overlook the coolness factor Zippo cool, has character and history, bic, not so much. I've seen more then a couple Zippo lighter collections with valuable specimens, can't recall any bic collections.
benny8025 (author)  zer0vector2 years ago
But matches cannot explode like a BIC. When my father went to school he was told that a man once got killed useing a lighter
benny8025 (author)  oilitright2 years ago
Just read under the picture
real cool ill try this soon
DIYerr2 years ago
While I find the discussion about safety during storage to be completely valid, what's life without a little excitement. ;)

If you are really concerned about them igniting in your pocket or during storage/ transportation, one option is to dip the heads in melted paraffin wax, and then let them dry. To use, scrape the wax off the heads, and then light as usual. This method also waterproofs the matches. If any wax covers the matchstick, it will slightly increase the time it takes for the flame to get to your fingers (think of it like a candle).

Great instructable, benny.
Ravirar DIYerr5 months ago
Yes, you are correct. You can also dip the matches in this order: Dip in oil, then dry. Dip in wax, then dry. Repeat as many time as you want (ish).
benny8025 (author)  DIYerr2 years ago
They are not that sensitive to friction, so there is no worry by having them it your pocket
hammer1!1 year ago
We used to break the heads off strike anywhere matches leaving about 1/2" of wood and then shoot them out of our pellet guns. Nice little POP, FLASH, SMOKE, special effect for a kid. Probubly why they are illegal now. Ace hardware still has them in WA. state.
strike anywhere matches arn't illegal you can buy them anywhere
benny8025 (author)  abadfart1 year ago
Guess what? They don't sell them in every country. And why would that be? Perhaps they're illegal? Maybe
chimei622 years ago
http://www.instructables.com/id/EYF6CTVH1AH6GQ6/
benny8025 (author)  chimei622 years ago
Look on my youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/benny8025?feature=mhee) to see how to make gunpowder for firecrackers. Works great
vpavlis12 years ago
it's so simple!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ilpug2 years ago
Since when is it hard to get strike anywheres?

benny8025 (author)  ilpug2 years ago
When they don't sell them in every country. Your country is not the whole world
ilpug benny80252 years ago
Good point. What country are you in?
benny8025 (author)  ilpug2 years ago
Norway
ilpug benny80252 years ago
Nice, I've always wanted to go there.
abraham992 years ago
wow..thanks for the very useful instructable...in my country,doesn't sell strike anywhere matches (im in indonesia)
ElMarko2 years ago
I'd be careful storing them. The reason safety matches were invented was because the strike anywheres had a tendency to ignite by rubbing against each other during shipping.

Notice that the modern strike anywheres have a safety match head with a small dot of the strike anywhere material only on the tip so it doesn't rub against the abrasive surface of the neighboring matches.
Pro

Get More Out of Instructables

Already have an Account?

close

PDF Downloads
As a Pro member, you will gain access to download any Instructable in the PDF format. You also have the ability to customize your PDF download.

Upgrade to Pro today!