Preston's Paper Sky Lantern


Introduction: Preston's Paper Sky Lantern

Sky lanterns (typically Chinese) are airborne paper lanterns traditionally found in East Asian cultures. They are constructed from oiled rice paper on a bamboo frame, and contain a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material. When lit, the flame heats the air inside the lantern, thus lowering its density causing the lantern to rise into the air. The Sky Lantern is only airborne for as long as the flame stays alight, after which the lantern floats back to the ground. They can achieve quite a height and launching them in strong winds is not recommended.

For my project I used products that were available to me. So instead of using rice paper and bamboo. I used tissue paper (that you would see in gifts), and a very small gauged wire that I had laying around the house. The only thing I purchased was clear tape and  two different sized candles for my fuel cell. I started off making a frame out of the wire to enclose the tissue paper around, I gently taped the paper securely around the frame making sure that their were no holes for the heat to escape. I then placed an additional round piece of tissue paper to the top for the hot air to get trapped. Lastly, I made a wire bracket to secure the small candle in place just under the one opening of the circle. After lighting the candle it didn't take more than three minutes for the sky lantern to start rising. :) I had a lot of fun on this project and I hope you will to. Thanks very much 



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    8 Discussions

    Dont make Fake statements in instructable.
    "After lighting the candle it didn't take more than three minutes for the sky lantern to start rising. :)"

    That candle cant be lifted by that lantern.

    I really admire the efforts at making people believe this . The candle shown here weighs approx 700 gms. The volume of the lantern may be approx 4 sq ft. This weight to volume ratio does not help take off. The heat produced from candle flame is not sufficient even to inflate the lantern. So these pics are misleading.

    i wont belive thet this sky lantern lifted up with that giant piece of canle. if it lifted why dont you add a video? or why dont you add a full sized image of that lifted lantern? it looks someone is holding it or its tied up or glued on the celing.

    ive used toilet paper and dipped them in wax. It lights up pretty quickly I tell you that! But it worked and we had a lift off!

    oh cool sky laterens, their to be used for special occasions like weddings :D

    Wow, so it actually rose with that big ol' candle on it? That's some pretty good lift! I just designed my own, but I made a fan-folded wick out of a piece of paper towel soaked in melted wax. I'll have to try it with a tealight candle (much less likely to catch the tissue paper on fire) and see if it'll float away; it should, if yours worked with that giant hunk of wax! :-D

    This is so cool! I made something similar to this but with a dry cleaning bag. Please make an instructable or give measurements so that I can replicate this!