Kama
member
Location: london uk
Member Since: 23rd Dec 2000
Total posts: 19
Posted:Hi ,I want to add some weight to my wicks, I use cables and would like some variation on speed. I don't want bigger wicks..just heavier. Any advice??

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Mark P
Mark P

old hand
Location: Bath, England
Member Since: 26th Oct 2001
Total posts: 1031
Posted:Hi kama, adding weight is fairly easy.

If you are using a fire set then you really want to use something metal - things like lead fishing weights could be easily added or even some large nuts (I will wait to see how many crude replies we get to this comment )

I know woody made a practice set when I had a really heavy set of doubles and this just consisted of a loop of string with about 25 large nuts on it!! - really heavy, nice and slow but you didnt want to get yourself in the shins with em!!

Mark P


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Glåss
Glåss

The Ministry of Manipulation
Location: Bristol
Member Since: 8th Nov 2001
Total posts: 2523
Posted:have you tried increasing gravity?
its currently running at 9.8
round here
but if you went to spin on jupiter,
it would be bucket loads more.

that'd solve your problem in a trice.
Glad to be of help
Glass
______________________________________
half full or half empty?


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Dio
Dio

HoP Mechanical Engineer
Location: OK, USA
Member Since: 11th Jul 2002
Total posts: 729
Posted:Is it just the wicks you want heavier?

If it's overall weight you're lookin at, a heavier gauge chain (or cable in your case) is a really good way to go about it. I made a pair of "workout poi" along those lines using a chain thicker than the normal ones I was used to. Sure makes the lighter ones go faster when I use em


What hits the fan is not evenly distributed.

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Mark P
Mark P

old hand
Location: Bath, England
Member Since: 26th Oct 2001
Total posts: 1031
Posted:heavier chain is another good idea but I find this has slightly different effect on the handling of the poi.

With light wires I find I tend to to spin a little faster but with heavy chains it gives the poi more overall momentum which I find a lot easier for doing things like stalls and they are definately nicer for wraps.

I think the main point to take away from this thread is that there are a lot of different ways that you can vary weight/feel of your poi and the only way that you will find what is perfect for you is to try lots of different methods. A good way is to go to a meet and ask to have a try with other peoples poi - most will let you and it is nice to see how they have theirs set up

Mark P


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Kama
member
Location: london uk
Member Since: 23rd Dec 2000
Total posts: 19
Posted:Thanks guys,
I don't want to change my cables..I like them..I'll have a look at some lead weights. Maybe weight could be added during construction of wicks?
Glass..space travel is a bit difficult at present,maybe at the weekend.


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adamrice
adamrice

poo-bah
Location: Austin TX USA
Member Since: 19th Dec 2000
Total posts: 1015
Posted:Don't use lead weights. I've tried it. Learn from my mistake. Even with a lot of foam padding around them, they're really painful when they strike you.

A friend has started making dummy wicks for practicing that are basically pouches filled with lentils. Easy to customize the weight, and they don't hurt when they hit you.

If you want heavier fire wicks, then get/make bigger ones. Adding loose weights to fire wicks just sounds like a bad idea in many ways.


Laugh while you can, monkey-boy

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bender
still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 14th Nov 2001
Total posts: 6979
Posted:Centrifugal dynamics!
you want to increase the centrifugal 'work' of your poi.
the 'work' = 'mass' x 'distance'
(ie. the heavier and more distant the load, the more energy required)
yes, an increase in mass results in an increase in work.
but it will hurt like the clappers.
an increase in distance will also lead to an increase in work.
in other words lengthen your poi chain/twine if ya wanna increase the percieved weight of your poi without the risk of leathal weighting.
It forces you truly refine your path work - hand wrap ya chain when it comes time to buzzsaw, leg tuck or bodyroll.
I twirl heavy flames short poi and light flames long poi in a simliar if not fearful fashion.

Star Trek taught me all the physics i need
/fondles medical tricorder


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