In this project I'm going to show you four new ways to use a simple matchbox.
1) Strike-anywhere Matches
2) Waterproof Matchbox
3) Match head firework fuse
4) Cotton ball fire starters
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Step 1: #1 Strike-anywhere Matches
Stuff you need:
- A big matchbox
- A pair of scissors
- A piece of paper
- Some water and a dropper
- A small container (preferably a cap of some sort)
- A piece of Styrofoam
- Sanding paper (optional)
- Use a scissor blade to scrape the striking pad of the matchbox. Collect the brown powder on a paper.
- Transfer the powder onto a small container (smaller the better).
- Optionally, rub two small pieces of sanding paper and add the abrasive dust to the mixture.
- Add a drop of water and mix using a matchstick to get an even mixture.
- Coat a match head half with the mix. Coat as many as you can and set aside to dry for a good couple of hours.
Let's move on to testing now.
Step 2: #1 Strike-anywhere Matches Testing
Once the match heads are completely dry, look for a rough abrasive surface and strike it against it.
I tried in on concrete, it worked
I tried in on a metal can I burned in a earlier project leaving it with a rough surface and it ignited in the first try.
However, it might not work 100% of times. What does work every time is striking it with another unmodified match.
I modified a small matchbox with a separation in between and stacked one half with regular matches and the other with strike-anywhere ones. If your striker pads giveaway, you can always resort to bumping their heads together.
Onto Waterproof matchbox now.
Step 3: #2 Waterproof Matchbox
This is a perfect accessory for your camping trip. You don't have to worry about your matches getting wet again.
What you need:
1) A small metal container with a water tight lid.
1) 1 matchbox
- Empty out your container and clean it if required. Mine had a sharp edge at the rim so I used a set of pliers to bend it inwards.
- Place your matches inside with the heads towards the bottom of the can.
- cut the striking pads from a matchbox and glue them on the inside near the top. Like in the picture.
This will give you a waterproof matchbox and will keep the contents dry even if you drown it in water.
When you want to use it, simply remove the lid, take a match and strike it as usual.
Let's make a firework fuse now.
Step 4: #3 Match Head Firework Fuse
What you need:
1) 1 big matchbox
2) A set of pliers
3) A round ceramic bowl
4) Water soluble glue
5) A round object for crushing match heads.
6) A water dropper
7) A small length of cord
- Use a set of pliers to remove the match heads from a big box of matches onto the ceramic container.
- Use a hard round object to crush the match heads to get relatively fine powder.
- Add drops of water a few at a time and mix with a matchstick to get a nice thick consistency as in picture.
- Add two drops of water soluble glue. this helps in binding the mix to the cord.
- Mix the solution nicely and then dip the cord into the mixture. Get and even coat on the cord and then hang it to dry.
- Once dry, this will work great as a makeshift fuse for your fireworks. I have done some testing in my video. You have got to watch this.
Now onto my favourite hack.
Step 5: #4 Cotton Ball Fire Starters
What you need:
1) Match head mixture from the previous step.
2) Cotton balls
3) Magnifying glass
- Take a cotton ball and dip one side of it in the same mixture we made in the previous step for the firework fuse.
- Set it aside to dry completely.
- Once dry, simply place it in sunlight and use a magnifying glass to focus a sharp beam onto the flammable coating. Within seconds, it will burst into flames. this gives a nice steady flame for a couple of seconds. Simply drop your tinder bundle on top and you have a fire.
Extra tip: Try fluffing out the cotton a bit. It increases the surface area and will result in a bigger flame.
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