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

Single Curved Sewing Needle  
22nd November, 2023

Sewing Needle
"Bought 2 sewing needles, the hole is abit small so i'm having a hard time threading the needle because the wick thread opens up into several pieces, but the size of the needle is great."
Johanne, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
GOLD Member since Oct 2014

5 x HoP Hula Hoop Quick Wick Spoke Set - Make your own  
10th November, 2023

firw
"ready to put these on my hula hoop"
Lizvinas, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Nov 2019

Pair of Pro Knob Chains With Quicklinks  
24th October, 2023

Nice chains
"Great chains , love the swivel knob ! It was easy to connect to the monkey fists"
Stulken, Canada.   [Verified Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Jul 2023

Pair of  Ultimate Knob with Corded Swivels  
29th August, 2023

Super-Duper-Awesome-Poi handles
"These are such an amazing product. They come with this great set of swivels, and have a washer inside the handles. 10/10 recommended for all styles!!"
Nathantapp, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Jul 2023

Pair of Empty Sock Poi  
1st August, 2023

They're ok
"These sock poi serve the purpose, I suppose. But the stretch on them is unreal. One of them stretched an extra 5 inches and the other stretched 7 inches!! The only way I can get them even again is by tossing them in the dryer for a few minutes. I really don't use them very often because of this. I also had to repair a hole in the seam at the very end of one of the socks, right out of the packaging. It's all unfortunate, because I love the bright color."
Caseychind, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Jun 2023

Pair of Empty Sock Poi  
21st April, 2023

Sock poi
"Yay!!! I love the stretchiness of these socks! Super thankful for poi as a tool to improve left and right hand coordination. These nylon socks are forgiving when learning to balance both sides. Really fun for body wrap moves and wild orbits aswell!"
Anevermore, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Oct 2022

Pair of Pro Strap - Double loop  
17th March, 2023

Excellent product
"I still love using double loop straps and these are the best! The quality swivels make all the difference! This time I m using them with chains to make hoop poi!"
Excellent product
Kim, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
GOLD Member since Jul 2017

Pair of Pro Knob Technora Cords With Quicklinks  
15th October, 2022

Comfortable and durable
"Comfortable and durable"
Anonymous, USA.   [Verified Anonymous Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Aug 2022

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