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Amber
GOLD Member since Mar 2001

Amber

newbie
Location: Cairns, Australia

Total posts: 48
Posted:i would love to make myself some fire fingers.can someone tell me how i should attach the wicks to the wire?

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adamrice


adamrice

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Location: Austin TX USA

Total posts: 1015
Posted:I've described my own approach athttp://www.crossroads.net/a/writing/firemaking.htmlBasically I take two longish pieces of wire, bend them in the middle, and twist them into a tight spiral. I leave an eye where the bend was, wrap the wicking around that, and penetrate the wicking and the eye with a thin piece of wire, which I wrap around and twist off. I leave the ends untwisted, and bend them into finger coils.

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ding-0-


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Location: baltimore, md, usa

Total posts: 5
Posted:http://www.geocities.com/masterfyretr/Tips/Tips03.htmHe
makes quick and easy torches by using white glue to afix cotton cloth to the wire. The water solaluble glue dosn't disolve in the oil based fuel and cures harder with the heat of being burned. I used denim from an old pair of jeans.


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Mr Sock
GOLD Member since Apr 2001

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Location: Dover, DE, USA

Total posts: 94
Posted:I don't use fire fingers, but on my hand wicks (which are very similar) I wrap and tie the wick, and secure it with white glue so it can't unravel in case I stop paying attention and let it start to smoulder.

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Posted:Whats the typical number of finger wands on one would put on each hand? 2 or 3?

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flash fire
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

flash fire

Sporadically Prodigal
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Total posts: 2758
Posted:as with everything to do with this art, its all personal preference.frenzie and I just made some for ourselves - 3 on each hand, very short (4inches of wire) with leather finger coverings.thumb, middle finger, little finger.

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Bish_the_Ding


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Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Total posts: 52
Posted:Ok, hopefully this isn't getting too "NASA" about your question, but this might take your thoughts in other directions ...I was watching an Extravaganza (basically a glorified topless revue, but we won't get into that) the other day and one of the performers was dancing about with two long (30cm at least) jets of flame issuing forth from both her hands.She was not topless, and quite obviously (to me
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) somewhere in her outfit she had stashed away a cylinder of iso-propyl butane or LPG or somesuch, a regulator/non-return valve (lets hope) and two flexible tubes ending with steel piping (prolly insulated so she could hold them).It looked quite good although it could have been done way better ...By the way, I noticed a few of you balking at the thought of gas, and rightly so! This is dangerous stuff boys and girls, if you're not 100%, leave it alone!If you are, or know someone mechanically inclined it should be relatively easy to modify a gaz camp stove to suit your needs.SAFETY! SAFETY! SAFETY! (Yes I know I'm shouting, but it's important!)Make like a set of Freddy Kruger-like gloves ie. a flame to each finger or go with the above mentioned 'flame from each hand', keep the flames(gas flow) smallish, and you should be able to blow them out like candles.For clarification, this looks *nothing* like an acetylene torch (thats just nuts, ok?), it like a bunsen burner with the valve closed (remember science at school ?)Don't burn yourself.Bish


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adamrice


adamrice

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Location: Austin TX USA

Total posts: 1015
Posted:I think that if you plan on using more than 3 wands per hand, you're probably better off making fire-gauntlets. Getting 4 or 5 separate wands onto each finger (and off) could be difficult.

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emthren


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Location: Sydney

Total posts: 57
Posted:I'm wondering how quickly, if at all, the finger coils on Adam's design get too hot to use?

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adamrice


adamrice

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Location: Austin TX USA

Total posts: 1015
Posted:Emthen--Depends on what kind of wire you use.My first iteration of the design used baling wire. Heat conduction wasn't an issue, but baling wire isn't durable, so I was looking for something else.Second iteration used aluminum wire. Heat conduction was a big issue, because Al is an excellent conductor of heat. If you used a relatively cool-burning fuel, squeezed out your wicks thoroughly, and were generally careful, you'd be OK, but I was not satisfied with that. In my testing, I could go 8 minutes before a wand got uncomfortably hot. I only made a few sets of these.Third iteration used stainless-steel wire. Heat conduction with this, again, is not an issue. These models worked pretty well.I am now on my fourth design iteration (which I have not documented yet), which is based on a completely different design using a brass tube instead of wire. In my testing, thermal conduction has not been an issue with this, either.

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emthren


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Location: Sydney

Total posts: 57
Posted:Thanks!Will give it a go with small wicks and see how it goes. =)

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