I know in various parts of the world true strike anywhere matches can be hard, or near impossible to get hold of. So in this project I wanted to show you how to make the ultimate light anywhere match. As always I put in a lot of groundwork and testing and I hope you like the results, maybe you can contribute if you have good results with a particular brand of matches or ring caps on my facebook page and share the knowledge. The following information tells you how to do this project, it doesn’t mean you should though.
How to make a strike anywhere match
To build one of these highly volatile extreme light anywhere matches you only really need two components. A match of your choice, and some simple ring caps, like the ones used in a child’s toy gun. I tried a few different build techniques and found this one gave the most reliable results.
- The first step is to carefully remove the paper from the open end of the ring cap and squeeze the powder out onto a tray. For each extreme match you will require enough powder to roughly fill a ¼ of an empty cap. So if your caps do not have this much in them you may need to remove the powder from another ring cap. Squeeze gently. I recommend pliers of some sort in case the cap goes off and burns your fingers. Never ever empty more that one ring caps worth of powder at a time, in case of an explosion – The powder is friction, impact, and flame sensitive, so safety glasses should be worn.
- Dip the very tip of your chosen match into some water twice and deposit both drips of water into the powder and stir until mixed into a slurry. Put this slurry onto the tip of a gloved finger and roll the match in it, then try and create separate lumps on the surface of the match head. I say use gloves because we cannot be 100% sure what is in the matches or the ring cap powder. (I don’t on the video because I cannot operate cameras with gloved hands)
- Support the head of the match while it drys, and place it somewhere safe away from heat, possible knocks and anything flammable. When dry it will be volatile.