I turned a small jam jar into a palm-sized alcohol lamp in less than an hour.
Step 1: Materials
1. A glass jar with a metal lid( I used a small jam jar)
2. A string for the wick
Step 2: Sanding off the paint (optional)
I did this for looks, but this step is optional. I used some sandpaper to sand off the paint on the lid and expose the steel. Finally, let's use a sanding sponge to buff the lid so that it'll look a bit more shiny.
Step 3: Punching hole
A drill would work best for drilling a hole in the lid, but since I don't have a drill, I used nails. I used a marker to mark the centre of the lid, then placed the smaller nail on the mark and hit it with a hammer for a few times. Then I pulled out the nail and repeated the process with the larger nail.
Step 4: Test your alcohol lamp!
I used a toothpick to help insert the wick into the hole, then poured some alcohol into the lamp and lit it with a match. After using the lamp, use something like a soda cap to cover the wick to reduce evaporation.
Step 5: Enjoy!
Now you can use your mini alcohol lamp to do experiments and set everything on fire! :)