Pop-up fire prototype

Pop-up fire prototype

 

I’ve been working on a pop-up that lights itself on fire. The most difficult part has been figuring out the right striker configuration for lighting the match, and not the force of striking as I originally thought.

 

Strike anywhere matches + sandpaper didn’t work as well as I’d hoped, so I had to cut the striker pads from a matchbook and sandwich the match-head in between them. The first mechanism had the match remain in the striker pocket – it would light but then die quickly due to lack of oxygen (and burn/ruin the striker pads for future use in the process) so this is the second prototype, with the match swinging out of the pocket. It works all right if you open the pop-up the right way…good enough for my purposes anyway.