Introduction: Oil Lamp

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This instructable will show you how to make a simple recycled oil lamp.

Step 1: Materials

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For the materials you can use all old stuff lying around the house.  You need any kind of old oil from frying (i think olive oil works the best),  An old cotton sock,nail clippers with file,and any kind of old glass bottle with a metal cap.

Step 2: Cutting the Wick

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First thing you need to do is to cut the sock into one long strip big enough to curl up into the bottom of the bottle and come out of the top.

Step 3: Punching the Hole

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Next you need to make a small hole in the bottle cap.  I have done this two different ways you can either use a small metal object like a nail file and punch it through the cap or the easiest way is to just drill a hole through with a power drill.

Step 4: Filling the Lamp

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The last step is to pull the wick through the small hole so it sticks out just a little bit.  Then fill up the bottle with oil about and inch or two from the top and then put the wick into the bottle and tightly put on the metal cap.  Let it sit for at least and hour before lighting it so that the wick can soak up some of the oil.  And that is all you have to do to make a simple oil lamp out of all recycled materials.


nutsandbolts_64 (author)2013-01-27

The easiest way is to to get a nail and a hammer... The rest is obvious. It makes a neat hole the size of the nail you used, and no batteries needed! Nail files and knives aren't very... clean.

tjesse (author)2011-09-02

Looks good!

nathanya (author)tjesse2011-09-03

thanks and thanks for sending the DIY patch

flyingpuppy (author)2011-08-30

Your lamp is brilliantly simple, but it will probably blow out in a hurricane because it lacks an upper shield. Here is the same type of lamp with a glass shield. And, no, these cannot be used as a molotov cocktails cuz they are accident proof. Here's a safety test of the same basic lamp. I recommend everyone learning how to make these for blackout days. Thanks for the instructional.

nathanya (author)flyingpuppy2011-08-31

Ya I have not wind profed it yet but it works great without wind

Weldeon (author)2011-08-29

Another great instructable! I look forward to seeing more awesome light-related stuff from you :D

nathanya (author)Weldeon2011-08-31

Thanks I am always trying to think of more projects

boaslad (author)2011-08-29

Could also be used as a Molotov Cocktail in a pinch. just add the words "throw and run" to the last step. LOL.

Seriously though, This seems like an interesting way to make reusable "tiki" torches. You'd just need a sharpened stick, and a coat hanger. You'd be amazed at the number of things you can make with a sharpened stick, and a coat hanger.

I wonder if this would work with some of that anti-mosquito oil.

Nice instructable.

Dr. Who (author)2011-08-27

another great instructable. im going to make one of these for the hurricane irene.
brilliantly simple.

nathanya (author)Dr. Who2011-08-27

ya so simple to make and all u need is old materials lying around the house

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