Fully Waterproof Matches




Hello, My name is John and I have been using instructables for quite some time now but this is the first one I post, so please be as criticizing as you can ; We're all here to learn.
In this instructable, we will be making waterproof matches from ordinary matches you can find in your kitchen. This technique is sure to work in most any condition. Waterproof matches are a valuable asset to your survival, hiking, or camping supplies and in some cases could be the difference between life and death.

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Step 1: Materials

The Materials I will be using are basic:

- Striking kitchen matches
- Resin from a quick epoxy kit
(You can use candle wax or nail polish but resin worked great for me)

Step 2: Resin Application

Dip the tip of the match into the resin tube, then gently roll it onto your index finger as to remove the excess resin. Remember to have the resin applied evenly all over the tip as to keep it fully waterproof. The more excess resin there is, the more tries it would take to get the match lit.

Step 3: Test It Out

After the resin has been applied, the match is instantly waterproof, yet give it half a minute to settle before testing just to make sure. After you put water on it, dry the wood and the tip with your hand gently and then strike it. If done correctly, it will spark at the first try.

This can be done each match individually or by bunches or groups of matches.

Thank you for taking time to read this instructable and I hope it has been Helpful

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    Nice first Instructable! Your pictures are very helpful, and I really like that final triptych where you show the faucet, the strike, and the lit match.