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Location: Melbourne,Vic. Aust.
Member Since: 14th Dec 2000
Total posts: 69
Posted:when making staffs i use strips of bike tyre tube wound around the staff and fasten it on using electrical tape. does anyone make theirs differently? what are other people using? what works and what doesn't? thanks in advance. Rain.


Member Since: 1st Apr 2001
Total posts: 6
Posted:well im new to twirling and i put a tennis overgrip onto my staff's handle


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Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Member Since: 14th Dec 2000
Total posts: 205
Posted:I like using electrical insulating tape. Also, masking tape works really well and ages nicely, suprizingly enough.

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Location: UK
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 56
Posted:Badminton grip or electrical tape does the job. Does anyone know if electrical tape will burn and melt?Spamm
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the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:Tape burns...yup...smells nasty and curls nicely. I use it though..double sided tape underneath the leather grips that I sew around the staff...to hold it in place until the glue I use sets. Love that leather!
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Location: Sydney, Australia
Member Since: 16th Dec 2000
Total posts: 129
Posted:I've tried a lot of things, and finally settled on bike inner tube too. I like it cause it gives a good grip, even if you splash kero on it, and it doesn't disintegrate as quickly as tape. I've tried masking tape, electrical tape, holographic tape, etc, but I find they tend to go sticky and greasy if you get kero on them. Sammie - they'll melt, but only if you put them too close to the flame. You need about 20cm of clear metal on each end before the tape starts. I like long grips, as a lot of my moves use the full length of the staff, but you can't have them tooo long! :) I've also tried some tape that racing cyclists use to cover their handlebars. It's black, and made of cork (although it looks nothing like cork to me). It feels kind of spongey. It was okay....I found it a bit heavy, and it soaked up kero more than other grips, but it'd be good if you have problems with blisters, as it was reeeeally soft :) At the moment, I have some of that metal holographic wrapping paper wrapped smoothly underneath the tyre grip, so it sparkles in the gaps. Looks nice for the audience, and it means I can just 'look for the green bit' when I'm trying to catch a high throw ;) The tyre grip is wound around the staff in one direction, then crosses back and goes the other way, so it's in a criss-cross pattern. I've seen staffs made with suede as a grip. I don't like them personally, but it's something you could try out too :)have fun,xhave fun

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Location: Androgen
Member Since: 12th Dec 2000
Total posts: 92
Posted:Because some of us use a lot of throwing and catching when e play with our staffs, i like to make my grips slightly padded. For this we use thin foam that Maeon found in a giant roll on the side of the road one day (off the back off a truck i guess). Anyways ... it's the stuff they put between slabs of concrete to allow for expansion ... it's about 3mm thick.I put a layers of the foam on the staff ... then bind it on as tight as i can with gaffer tape (about 3 layers of tape). Then i leave it sit for a week, so the tape can contract ... this compresses the foam some more. Then i use black tennis racquet grip glued on over the top. I use white tape to bind up the edges of the handle, which also helps for catching in the dark.raevon

Chris @ Fireworks
Location: Melbourne Victoria Australia
Member Since: 18th Feb 2001
Total posts: 4
Posted:Why not try good old reliable leather!There are a couple of inherent problems with all syhthetic grips. Firstly they generally don't handle heat or direct flame very well. Most will literally dissolve if exposed to fuels. Many foam handles will absorb sweat which can become corrosive with the above conditions. Also their insulating qualities are pretty poor, not good for fingy's.You'll find leather is extremely hard wearing, sometimes one grip will out last half a dozen synthetics no problems. Leather handles the heat, fuel and sweat due mainly to the tanning process, i've been told, making itimpurvious to moisture and heat.At first it doesn't feel to grippy, but with only a bit of use it becomes a little tacky and definitely improves control.If you can get your hands on some leather golf club grips from yonks ago, you'll find them perfect. But their a bit rare these days so you'll have to look around.Happy twirlin', Chris @ Fireworks.

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Sporadically Prodigal
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 25th Jan 2001
Total posts: 2758
Posted:bumparooni....any other suggestions people?I personally use layer upon layer of electrical tape for my handles. On my single staff I have tape over a bandage that I added for padding.

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Location: Round Rock TX , US
Member Since: 18th Aug 2001
Total posts: 97
Posted:I use about 60 feet of 1\8 inch leather strap. Sure it will take you about an hour and a half to wrap it but it is worth the effort. Every three or four wraps I dab a drop of krazy glue in between the straps to bind and strengthen the leather. When you get to the end simply tie a figure 8 not with a couple of dabs of krazy glue. After that I wet the knot only at the ends and let it dry for a fiew days. When the water evaporates the leather will shrink and give it the extra tightness to stay.

Fire Princess
Location: London/Brighton, UK
Member Since: 18th Jan 2001
Total posts: 130
Posted:The people in Oddballs in London suggested I use the cycling handlebar tape that Xaeda mentioned, with a bit of insulating tape at the ends to finish it off. To that I would add some kind of reflective/coloured strip in the middle (at the balance point) to make it easier to catch.I haven't actually tried this yet, but the guy who told me about it was referred to as 'The Staff Man'...Good luck!Princess xJedimastah - you sure have got patience, boy!

Posted:I use tennis racket grip tape...its padded, and designed to reduce jarring which is great if you slightly stuff up a high throw. I havent had any problems with it so far.On my big heavy long staff, I have glued on leather which is cool - feels nice.Josh

Stream Entrant
Location: Melbourne
Member Since: 13th Jun 2001
Total posts: 2830
Posted:My first staff had a seatbelt webbing grip,then I tried tennis racquet overgrips. Now I use a tennis racquet replacement grip. The racquet grip has a bit of padding and feels great.

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Location: Bet Oved, Israel
Member Since: 3rd Jul 2001
Total posts: 28
Posted:Leather always worked for me.My friend has a staff he bought off this site, with some synthetic grip (I'm not really sure what it is, feels like wool or something), and I find it much too slippery for my taste.


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Location: Auckland
Member Since: 27th Jun 2001
Total posts: 3989
Posted:Umm, gee (looks embarrassed).umm....(looks at his three current staffs)errr...will i get laughed at if I'm honest and say I don't have any handles on my staffs?There's a little strip of black duct tape (holds better than eletrical and doesn't need replacing often) about 1cm long in the middle as a reference point, bu tthe rest is just soot and aluminium.Although the padding for high throws would have been good before my callouses came through about a year ago...It looks like I'm the odd one out in this post, but I don't think a handle is essential...------------------Charles (INFERNO)newdolbel@hotmail.comhttp://juggling.co.nz

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Location: Austin TX USA
Member Since: 19th Dec 2000
Total posts: 1015
Posted:I've got one of the 3-part staves sold on this site. I believe the grip is the soft half of Velcro.I've also used cork handlebar tape on staves. It's nice stuff, feels grippy without being too grippy. There are other kinds of handlebar tapes out there with with various amounts of cushiness/grippiness/thickness.Finally, I'm working on some wooden staves right now, and the finished wood has a pretty decent feel all its own--even though the finish is dry, it has just the slightliest tacky feeling. No padding, obviously, but it feels pretty good by itself. I definitely think no-grip is an option.

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Location: London UK
Member Since: 23rd Jul 2001
Total posts: 337
Posted:soft half of velcro would get slippery really quickly, surely? if it got kerod...i saw someone who got a glue gun and made a spiral all the way along a staff.. it was an led staff, but it would work for aluminium, and it was v good for grip.I use tennis racquet grip, although I think i would use leather.And for my first (non fire) staff, I spent 3 hours winding a ball of string really tightly on a wooden staff. That was a great grip, but would burn if i did it near fire... leather cord or lace platted over the thing, like on whip handles, would be good...

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Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Member Since: 1st Jan 2001
Total posts: 52
Posted:I have this machine, an engraving tool that works in the same manner as a tattoo needle except it has a tungsten carbide tip instead of a needle, anyway- Using an aluminium pole I took to decorating it with said engraver and noticed that the engravings provided a permanent non-slip surface all the way up the legnth of the pole without the pole losing its lustre or becoming dull. (I decorated it a lot ... I like my pole, ok !?)I'm now thinking of removing my synthetic tennis racket grip and patiently engraving a permanent grip, much like you see on excercising equipment, with center mark and all.The engraver digs in quite deep an even when the pole gets full of fuel you can still get a good grip.Might end up with rough hands/fingers though
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I reckon leather is where its at (Bish eyes one of his cows ...)What does kerosene/parafin do to leather over time ? (yes, I'm messy
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