Componentry, DIY Parts

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Componentry, DIY Parts

By Malcolm Crawshay, Home of Poi

Do we sell DIY Fire Poi, Twirling Staff, and other Props?

We understand that not everyone can afford to buy quality pre-made gear. Some people can not even afford to buy some parts or wicks. We do not want any financial issues to stop you from discovering all the Performance and Flow benefits.

We stock some of the Best Ball Bearing Swivels, robust Quick Link Chain connectors, and Smooth Oval Twist welded chains, all our common Kelvar(R) wick sizes, pure Kevlar(R) sewing threads, and even the perfect Curved Sewing Needle, also called a 'curved mattress needle' or 'curved upholstery needle', to pull it all together.

How do I connect the parts to my chain?

We stock our own branded Quicklink Chain connectors. These links use a long nut to open and close a ring on the ends of your chains. This is a very secure way of connecting chains to swivels, handles, and fire heads, with the most secure way being welded rings connected directly to your chains.


Why Split Rings are so bad?

Split rings, are commonly used for attaching your home keys together, and should not be used where a fire is involved! Dangerous use of Mild steel key/split rings: Continuous heating and reheating of these rings with any centrifugal forces causes the ring to open up. Standard cheap low carbon keyrings will weaken at 260°C within 2 minutes!

Even small stainless steel split rings will open. Remove the risk, and increase product safety and product life by using our HoP Quicklink Chain connectors.

Our Vision, to help everyone...

'To help everyone discover and shine in the performance arts.'- So, we chose to sell many of the parts used in manufacturing our products so more people can have access to join in the performance arts. We also sell kits of Fire Poi with all the gear and instructions to make them yourself.

Can I make my own Poi sets?

I strongly believe in our vision that, even if you have no money, there are still ways to make props out of socks, rice, shoelaces, towels, pair of worn jeans, recycled or old items around the home.

Do you have DIY instructions?

We have instructions for Fire Poi, and even LED Poi.Fire eating torches, Fire Fans, Fire Hoops, Juggling Balls, Cigar Boxes and performance Nunchaku (if legal in your area).

Your Lessons

For more lessons see Learn - How to make your own gear.

What to use as wick?

Kevlar® Wicks are a quality long-lasting product. But there are cheaper options, like an old Bathroom Cotton Towel, Denim Cotton Fabric from a worn-out pair of pants.

See Learn - Guides - Wicking Material - What to use as wick?

What metal parts do I use in making Fire Props?

Did you know? Some metals heat up very quickly under a flame and can become a greater burn hazard. Others are brittle and can not take impact, and some can give off toxic fumes. These are things you should know for your safety!

See Learn - Guides - Componentry - Best metal type for Fire Poi?

Why is Safety First?

OK, I know it's the last item on this page.

The most vital thing to do once you have built your fire prop is to do a regular parts inspection. Check for cracks, loose screws, wick coming apart, metal bending out of shape, torn stitching, or cracked handle parts. AND you need to be performing safely with safe equipment to protect other people, animals, property, land, or forests from being harmed.

It would be best if you were also ready if something goes wrong. Have people trained and prepared to help and put out a fire and provide first aid.

See our Learn - Fire Training - Fire training and safety

Reviews

Pair of Pro Strap Cords With Quicklinks  
14th August, 2022

A Silver Lining
"While adjusting the length of the original cords that came with my poi, I accidentally cut the wrong side! After ordering these ones, I found a silver lining in the fact that these cords are actually better than the original ones. They came quickly and work like a charm. I'd definitely recommend them for replacement cords"
A Silver Lining
Scottie, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Jul 2022

Pair of Pro Strap Chains  
9th August, 2022

Fantastic leash!
"Great leashes to add customization options to your flow!! This leash is smooth for long spinning sessions!!"
Dsliz, Canada.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Jul 2022

Pair of Pro Knob Chains With Quicklinks  
9th August, 2022

Fantastic leashes
"Great leashes to add customization options to your flow!!"
Dsliz, Canada.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Jul 2022

Single Pro Knob with Swivel  
28th June, 2022

Very Pleased with mine
"These knobs are very comfortable to hold and provide impressive quantities of spins due to their concentrated swivel point. They flow very smoothly, un-noticeable(like-nothing). They allow for a very defined creation of planes. Good enough leash mount hole for the hefty size connector bracket I used."
Benjamin, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Apr 2022

Pair of Pro Knob Chains With Quicklinks  
17th June, 2022

Love them
"Theyre nice chains and hurt a lot less than the loops."
Jdmclenn, Canada.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since May 2022

HoP Staff Coupler  
27th January, 2022

Amazing product!
"Ordered this for my girlfriend s staff. Part came in really quickly and fit perfectly. Can t wait to order mine so we can both practice! Thanks again for the amazing and works of art products!!"
Josemanuel, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Dec 2021

Pair of Pro Strap - Double loop  
21st January, 2022

Double loop nylon handles
"These are my favorite finger loops (handles). I use them for both fire and led poi. Very comfortable on the fingers. Makes for smooth transitions. Highly recommend."
Dustinkelo, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Sep 2015

UltraKnob LED Handle  
25th February, 2021

Ultrapoi Ultraknob LED Handle
"Really great light, has a nice weight and feels nice too."
Jonas, Germany.   [Verified Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Apr 2019

Single 1/8 Inch 3mm Stainless Steel  Oval Quicklink  
24th July, 2020

Strong links
"Finally some links that are strong enough the withstand even heavy poi heads."
Winkler, New Zealand.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Apr 2019

Single Curved Sewing Needle  
24th July, 2020

Strong needle
"Finally a sewing needle that does not brake"
Winkler, New Zealand.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Apr 2019