Portable Film Can Cannon! Advanced Version!




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Here is an Advanced Version of the Film Can Cannon originally shown by CameronSS. I (Kipkay) made this one portable and easy to use along with a video that shows it in action. Enjoy!

Step 1: What You Need...

1. Fireplace lighter.
2. Small hobby box from your local electronics store.
3. 35MM film can.
4. Glue
5. Wire
6. Breath spray

Step 2: Disassemble the Lighter...

Comnpletely take apart the lighter and save the igniter you will find inside. It looks like this.

Step 3: Build the Igniter

Now you need to solder two pieces of wire to the two locations on the igniter. Use about 5 inches of wire for each connection.

Step 4: Assemble the Box

1. Drill two holes in the cover of the hobby box. One, just a tiny bit larger than the igniter.
2. Punch a small hole in the film can cover and glue it to the box over one hole.
3. Insert the igniter in the other hole with the two wires through the bottom of the cover.
4. Route the two wires through the hole in the film can cover and shape a gap about 1/8" wide.

Step 5: Final Steps

Re-assemble the box using the included screws. Take the cannon outside and spray the inside of the film can with a burst or two of spray. Quickly snap the can on the top and press the igniter! Bam! You may need to play with the gap of the wires to get it just right. Have Fun! Be Safe!



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    88 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    this got FLAGGED on youtube. can you believe it?!?


    7 years ago on Introduction

    put the egniter on the side(long one) then it will look like a camra

    tool box

    7 years ago on Introduction

    you are te best you have another page that is not kipkay.com?

    could you fuel this with a hydrogen and oxygen mix say from a hydrogen feul cell?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I made one with a pill bottle instead of the project box. It works perfectly.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I need some help. I was trying to do this project but the button that creates the sparks was slightly different from the one in the video. The wires that came attached would not spark. When I tried to attach my own wires the whole thing broke. Is there an alternative method to create the spark? PLEASE HELP.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I recommend making a hole slightly smaller than the igniter and then taking a file to sand it down to the right size.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Do I really need the utility lighter piezo igniter, or could I just use one from a common lighter?

    9 replies

    if you can get your hands on an "electronic" lighter (one that doesn't have the flint wheel) that will work. another thing to do with this thing is to make it into a dart gun. you drill a hole in the film can just big enough to house a large slushy straw. use a smaller straw cut about 3" long and fill one end with hot glue. cut the other end about 10 times evenly around, and flare it out. you can add a needle or a sharpened paperclip to the front. i have also had good results with paper cones and paperclips

    i would make it into a pistol, but the film can blows off easily, so you have to hold it on. i am working on a PVC combustion chamber that has a locking mechanism. i will get back to you on this. on a completely different note, i have got half of the money i need to get spore!


    I made something like this, i put the wires in the actual can, not in the cap, i used 1,5l plastic bottle cap, it fits tightly into the can, and it was really powerful

    I made a sort of a gun that fires a cap, using my desodorans... I used a card board tube from badminton balls that has a cap on each side. One one side a glued it in place and drilled a whole and stick a lighter, the one that has a long tube....... And on the other side a put a cone for the cap to be more aerodynamic.... It fired great.... but the cap was a bit big and the tube a bit small... i guess if you used a thin and long PVC pipe or copper tube, made a projectile for it, non lethal! you could make a powerful toy-weapon :D Good luck on building it and i hope I hear from you soon... Keep me posted on your desine on my orange board to talk more privately. Thanks!

    OK! here is the completed paint drawing of the combustion chamber and barrel. you will notice that the end cap with the barrel has two slots. the combustion has two corresponding pegs for locking the thing together. add a pistol grip and a piezoelectric sparker for a trigger.

    cannon incomplete.bmp

    that doesn't work as well because the marker tube is so long and thin in comparison with a film can. maybe use some PVC pipe instead.