Although strike anywhere matches can still be purchased with a little bit of shopping around, they certainly seem to be getting harder and harder to get hold of. Well today we want to show you how to make your very strike anywhere matches at home.
I have seen a fair few different videos for making strike anywhere matches but the method I will be sharing today comes from Brainfoo and is certainly the best that I have come across yet.
As you can see in the video above, these are incredibly volatile so you really need to be careful when storing these away or you will have a much bigger problem on your hands than just finding somewhere to buy strike anywhere matches.
You will need:
- A safety match of your choice (strike on box)
- Some simple ring caps (like those used in toy guns)
How to Make Your Own Strike Anywhere Matches
- Remove the paper from the open end of the ring cap and squeeze the powder out onto a tray. Be very careful as if the cap goes off it will burn your fingers.
- 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.
- 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.
Although I believe any matches will work for this, some will be better than others so you will need to try a few different ones out for the best results. In the UK, Cooks safety matches seem to be the best and from what I can tell, in the US, Diamond Greenlight work best.
As you can see in the video, these are so volatile that all you need to do is flick the tip to light the match. While this may be great fun, it does leave us with a match too dangerous to store or use, apart really from using it as a trick match or curiosity. It needed more work.
If you are planning on storing these away with your supplies, we recommend waterproofing them which will also help stabilize the matches. There are quite a few methods for doing this but check out our post here for some ideas.