the henna lady Location: WNY, USA Member Since: 15th Dec 2000 Total posts: 6193
Posted:Actually, when you are starting out, use rubbing alcohol to practice. It is not as volatile as white gas/naphtha fuels.
Other things to remember... You want to remove hair from the body parts you are doing transfers on, however do not use a depilatory cream (Nair) or wax because these open the pores of the skin. The fuel gets in them and can cause a pretty vicious rash or even chemical burn blisters (I speak from experience). In this case, shaving is the way to go.
Next, you want your torch to be really moist but not dripping wet. A gentle shake off will go a long way to getting the drips off. The problem with dripping torches is that the drips ignite as well, and can cause a pretty big mess. I have seen people forget to shake that little extra off and end up with flaming fuel running down their appendage, and a couple have even ignited costumes from this. Not good.
Try to avoid inner elbow, inside the wrists and behind the knees. The skin in these parts is very thin and very absorbing. Until you get accustomed to what you are doing, they should be avoided at all costs.
Practice with the palm of your hand first, as it is a pretty tough part of the body.
If you plan on presenting this for a show, please be creative, as tonnes of people do this.
Also please keep in mind that beyond burns there are also many side effects including rashes and other allergic reactions to the fuel and the potential for skin cancer.
Kindest Regards, Pele
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Goddessda stranger Location: the smallest state in the U S ... Member Since: 1st Jun 2004 Total posts: 24
Posted:is it safe to use two different fuels on your sticks. alcohol one day and lamp oil the next.. I went to lowes today to try to buy fuel and they didn't have any where is the best place to buy fuel. Goddess DA
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That guy from Reno Location: Reno, Nevada USA Member Since: 3rd Sep 2003 Total posts: 556
Posted:Lowes is good for denatured alcohol, I get my white gass/naptha at walmart (camping section) I usually get the cheaper version (great outdoors or something) in the green can, same stuff as coleman but a little cheaper. In my opinion switching fuels on your wicks isn't a problem you should be fine. I do it al the time.
FYI (note: lamp oil won't work for contact) (note: don't mix chlorine and ammonia, or chlorine and Borine. A few bad combos I know of)
Pooh-Bah Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA Member Since: 27th Mar 2003 Total posts: 2109
Posted:Written by: Try to avoid inner elbow, inside the wrists and behind the knees. The skin in these parts is very thin and very absorbing. Until you get accustomed to what you are doing, they should be avoided at all costs.
Just wanted to stress this part cuz the first (and so far only) time I did this, it was on the inside of my wrist and I got a nice dime-sized 2nd degree burn.
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