How to Suffocate a Candle Flame With Your Hand Without Injury

In this instructable, I shall suffocate a candle flame with my hand while protecting my hand with beaten egg whites. Beaten egg whites have high heat resistance. Thus, I can cover the top of a candle jar with my hand and my hand remains at room temperature.

My objective is to cut off the oxygen supply to the flame by covering the jar with my hand.

This method of protecting a heat sensitive object with beaten egg whites has been implemented previously with the dessert called Baked Alaska.

List of Items:

2 egg whites
hand mixer
candle in a jar & matches

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Step 1: Fetch the Egg Whites!

Crack the two eggs and separate the white from the yolk. Then pour in about 2 teaspoons of sugar. (I am unsure if the sugar matters. I use sugar while cooking for edible recipes.)

Step 2: Beat the Eggs!

Beat the eggs. They should become foam-like. When they are done, the egg foam should be stiff and when you pull the mixer out of the eggs, the foam should form thin cone shaped drips that remain on the mixer. (Look at photo.)

Step 3: Cover the Hand!

Scoop some of the foam with your hand and gently cover the hand with the foam.

Step 4: Cover the Jar!

Now place the covered hand over the opening of the jar until the oxygen supply has been consumed and the flame is extinguished.

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    how about taking a wool clove cutting off two fingers then rebberband it and soak it in water touch to candle flame. its out


    11 years ago on Introduction

    its a primative jet fire foam. haha. nice find. except i agree with others that its a bit much, just to put out a candle. and you have to set your video to public or not private. no one can view it, it comes up as the video no longer exists, then i went to the link and it says its marked as private.

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    I can pinch it out without any pain (I put out torces and bunsen burners with my hand). Great as a proof of concept!

    Then apparently, you don't know what I'm saying. EXAMPLE TIME! You're doing some kind of fire involving experiment. Let's say...launching a homemade rocket that might just ignite, or leave burn marks on the ground. Spread some foam around the are you're doing it in, and have fun. Then when you're done, you can just hose it away. Because it's all environmental harm done!

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    I was wondering the same thing, you can just blow it out, pour some watter on it, or whatever, but this would take forever. But, it could be a cool trick to show your friends... but a waste of eggs.

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    spit on your hand and slap the flame. looks impressive, too

    It's a proof of concept. A fire resistant foam could be used for all sorts of purposes.