How to Make an Alcohol Lamp

Introduction: How to Make an Alcohol Lamp

I turned a small jam jar into a palm-sized alcohol lamp in less than an hour.

Step 1: Materials

Materials needed
1. A glass jar with a metal lid( I used a small jam jar)
2. A string for the wick

Step 2: Sanding Off the Paint (optional)

Tools
Sandpaper
I did this for looks, but this step is optional. I used some sandpaper to sand off the paint on the lid and expose the steel. Finally, let's use a sanding sponge to buff the lid so that it'll look a bit more shiny.

Step 3: Punching Hole

Tools
Hammer
Smaller nail
Larger nail
A drill would work best for drilling a hole in the lid, but since I don't have a drill, I used nails. I used a marker to mark the center of the lid, then placed the smaller nail on the mark and hit it with a hammer for a few times. Then I pulled out the nail and repeated the process with the larger nail.

Step 4: Test Your Alcohol Lamp!

Tools
Toothpick
I used a toothpick to help insert the wick into the hole, then poured some alcohol into the lamp and lit it with a match. After using the lamp, use something like a soda cap to cover the wick to reduce evaporation.

Step 5: Enjoy!

Now you can use your mini alcohol lamp to do experiments and set everything on fire! :)

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    3 Discussions

    Do I buy a special alcohol for this? Could I use lamp oil, cooking oil or anything else?

    1 reply

    I think any type of fuel should work but oil might take a little longer to light, I am using 75% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) but you can use denatured alcohol or alcohol of higher concentration for better results.
    Andy

    Nice Instrictable that is really easy to make. Lots of possibilities for this.