Introduction: How to Make a Lighter

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how to make a cheap fast lighter

Step 1: Materials

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you will need:

one closepin

one match

one matchbox

Step 2: How to Make

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take the matchbox and rip the lighter part off and fold in half.

Step 3: How to Make

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put creased end into closepin front

Step 4: How to Make

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put the match into the closepin as in picture.

Step 5: Light the Lighter

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you should push on the front of the closepin and pull HARD!!! it might take a while for you to get the hang of it but youll get it hope this tutorial helped bye.


YashwanthK5 (author)2016-05-03

lame .........we could just strike a match stick instead.huh?????

sweeet_2012 (author)2008-06-25

or you could pay under a dollar and buy a lighter... just a thought

nathantokala (author)sweeet_20122008-07-05

ya but this was the way for a kid to light something yet also kidproof

Jupitane (author)nathantokala2009-04-15

We will blame you for all the future fires then.

nathantokala (author)Jupitane2009-11-04

 ok ill take 99.9% of the blame. the rest goes on bush

rohanbansal (author)nathantokala2013-06-06


Colonel88 (author)nathantokala2009-12-02

The rest goes to Obama, since he is prez now. and WTF with da Nobel Peace Prize? He didn't do anything AMAZING. Just became president. I wish da commite could just take it away from him... Rejected...

ilpug (author)nathantokala2009-12-01

 but your a kid.... and u used it.  this is kinda useless, unless you are making some kind of fuse lighter.... i might be able to find a use for this.

oh yeah, and cameras have a "flash" setting.

Trilby (author)sweeet_20122009-12-03

 Or just strike the match?

lord voldamort (author)2009-08-16

i have an idea for a lighter make a simple circuit with a battery and a light bulb and wire, the hit the bulb with a hammer and remove the glass the point is to get to the wire that creates the light. don't do this while the bulb is on. complete the circuit and light some paper or something. i haven't tried it yet.

that'll probably blind u lol

 The lack of vacuum means the filament will burn quickly.  Better is simply using a 9v going through some graphite lead, which will become extremely hot and bright, and can be thick enough not to burn out after one use, like a lightbulb would.
(downside: you can't shank anyone with graphite [pencil] lead, but you can with a jagged lightbub)

 best still is a glow plug for a nitro engine. u get them at hobby stores for a couple of bucks. 1.5v or any alkaline battery (ie AA, AAA(not enough amps in my opinion. a single AA alone isn't enough in my opinion. 2 AA wired in parallel gives you 1.5 volts, but lasts twice as long.) C and D batteries work great. i would suggest picking you up a kiwistart rechargeable glow igniter. thew get red hot with 1.5 volts and don't burn out because of exposure to air. (incandescents now, depending on the brand and size of the bulb have started using argon inside of the bulb instead of having a vacuum. not all brands do this though. all you have to do is get rid of the air.)

one other thing, though, that i am surprised u didn't think of is steel wool and a 9v battery. u don't even need something to ignite, like a match. the steel wool itself burns.

joehadac (author)2008-06-06

i wish i could light a match...

Archive555 (author)joehadac2008-06-08

Me too :(

joehadac (author)Archive5552008-06-11


baneat (author)joehadac2008-11-08

TBH I though he meant the cool one that you can make using stuff like a shotgun cartridge, the guy from the book " A farewell to arms" had one.

nathantokala (author)baneat2009-11-04

 ok when you become a dude from fareway to arms call me ill set up a meeting 

sharlston (author)joehadac2009-06-13

why dont you?

finnrambo (author)2009-06-15

When I do pyro stuff in my room I dont use mathes becuase they have a smell then my mom notices anyway I wouldnt have that idea myself great instructable

shawntherobot (author)finnrambo2009-09-24

me too so now i use one of those big lighters for grills. My momn gets soooo mad

sharlston (author)2009-07-30

if you have a broken lighter in need of fixing go to my post to get it fixed

heres the link:

PKM (author)2008-06-05

Interesting- I wouldn't call it a lighter as such, as it's not reusable, BUT this does provide one solution to an age-old problem, how do you light a flame with only a simple mechanical motion like pulling a string. Good work.

sharlston (author)PKM2009-06-13

ye i like it too but you said a small mechanicale motion well i solved it get a electronic lighter you only have to push a button to light it

Jupitane (author)PKM2009-04-15

well said

Jupitane (author)2009-04-15

No offense but this is kinda stupid...

emartin (author)2008-09-29

Dude that is so stupid

killerjackalope (author)2008-06-05

Nice idea, not really a lighter so much as an easy match striker but cool all the same. You should try and get some better photos, in a better lit room, some closeups of the finished product would also help people see how to do it. I've added some keywords to this to help people find your project aswell. Not bad for a first instructable, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. -Killerjackalope.

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