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pitmanSILVER Member
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Location: swansea, United Kingdom


Posted:
i have been told that if you use wire wool on you poi then they will give off sparks,

is this true?
if yes how do you do it and whats the best stuff to use?

nice one juggle

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LurchBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Spinning wool is one of the most dangerous things you can spin, so it's not really something to be taken lightly. Look around there are a bunch of threads with constuction of use of them, and there are a few different ways to go about it, but as always safety should be your top concern. Far more of a concern than normal since they aren't just throwing sparks, its blobs of molten steel, that can and will start ground fires, burn people, drift in the wind, and fly at least 50-100'

There is a pic in my gallery of me spinning steel wool if you want to see what it looks like

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MedusaSILVER Member
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Posted:
This thread has been done over and over....do a search and I am sure you will find what you are looking for.

UCOFSILVER Member
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Posted:
"Spinning wool is one of the most dangerous things you can spin"



umm



I would say that spinning great white sharks, covered in barbed wire, on rusty chains, whilst wearing a magnetic suit of meat was far more dangerous...



But it is indeed still very dangerous.
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Mr_JedlyGOLD Member
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Posted:
Do the sharks come with attached laser beams?

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Posted:
Two.
On each shark.

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DruidpyreGOLD Member
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Posted:
Go for it, Pitman. No guts, no glory. But, be safe. Be sure you spin it on a beach or an abandoned parking lot, as it will collect on the ground around you rather quickly, and you don't want to be standing anywhere even remotely flamable. Keep in mind that you have about a good 20 -30 feet radius of constant bombardment around you too.



Tie it securely with wire. Bailing wire works great. You'll want to make it real tight. Then, just soak and light like you normally would, and enjoy the fireworks. devil



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darkpoetBRONZE Member
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Posted:
try closer to 50-100ft.....

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MedusaSILVER Member
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Posted:
Soak wire wool???

I find soaking it makes it work less efficiently...I just light it straight and it works wonderfully.

marcoenthusiast
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Location: uk


Posted:

I've just fininshed doing a wire wool workshop with a small group that i informally teach, I would say regarding soaking, if your going to use additional fuel use only a small amount, really only about a small cap full on each, about 10 or 15 ml is usually sufficient.

Safe distances, we were using 100 meters, that would be around 300 feet

mark

MedusaSILVER Member
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Posted:
I think it depends on how much wire wool you use and the cage type you are using as to how far is classified as a safe distance (also the speed of the spinner)...my small cages that I use 20 meters is quite safe but with one of the other twirlers who use a larger cage I noticed the area he had sparks flying was quite substantially lareger than mine...I would have said he should have been at least 50 metres away.

pitmanSILVER Member
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Location: swansea, United Kingdom


Posted:
thanks for all the help but can anyone tell me how to make a wire wool head. do i just wrap it around some metal, round some klever?????

i'm so confused "sob" "sob" "sniff" "sob"

thanks still all the same

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pjmember
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Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Posted:
Dude, chill. Just buy a sample pack of steel wool (different grades) some bailing wire, and a six-pack of beer (or relaxant of choice)

Then, EXPERIMENT. Here's a good thing to try first. Go out and gind the page that describes how to make terry-towel wicks. Instead of all terry-towel, use just a little bit of terry towel and mostly wool. Try 00 grade first. Soak in white gas. With a little bit of rag+white gas, you're almost guaranteed a good burn. After a while, you'll figure out how to pack the wool so you don't need the rag or the liquid fuel.

It's really not that hard, but it will take a little while to get a really good spark show. Then, once you know what works, you can try to replicate that with some sort of cage that you can re-use.

-p.

pjmember
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Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Posted:
BTW, JPEG goodness:

https://vees.net/g2/image.html?id=5362&offset=1

user/pass: gallery/gallery

-p.

pitmanSILVER Member
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Posted:
nice pic very impresive

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Hi - as the others have said there is a lot of info in the archives about this one so you can easily use the search function to find it smile

To get you going, here's a little help.

[Old link]

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But I'm sure there'll be something in there.

Otherwise do a search, like I just did, and there is a whole wealth of information at your fingertips.

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VixenSILVER Member
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Posted:
i love wire wool but i suck at it... damn me being to weak!!!

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Posted:
I want so desperatley to ;earn how to spin wire wool.. and Fire Breathing
and devil sticks.. and contact juggling... i want to learn everything!

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*HyperLightBRONZE Member
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Posted:
There isn't much to learn to be honest. Just spin a pair of wire-wool heads as fast as you can and it'll look spectacular. What is difficult is learning how to do it safely. As Lurch pointed out, this is not something to be taken lightly - molten lump(s) of steel landing on yourself, spectators, dry shrubbery etc. needs to be avoided. If you're going to give this a go, do it on the sand on a beach. If the ground's wet, that's definitely going to work in your favour. Make sure any spectators are upwind - they're not going to be impressed if you start showering them in molten steel! Wear good thick clothing - I was wearing jeans and hit myself once. The wire wool burnt right through them, but thankfully didn't get as far as my skin.

Spinning wire wool is potentially very dangerous... but it does look very cool wink Be careful and have fun!

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fluffy napalm fairyCarpal \'Tunnel
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Posted:
I spent ages finding all those

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anonomatosGOLD Member
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Location: Utrecht [NL], Netherlands


Posted:
this might be the best place to post this:

What is the best construction I can use for wire-wool-fire-poi? Anyone got some tips or a tutorial on this?

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fluffy napalm fairyCarpal \'Tunnel
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YES!! my goodness. LOOK UP!!!



Just look up 5 posts and there are 7 threads all about it.



Did you even read this thread?



REALLY?



...........................I don't know why i bother.



I really, really don't.



I'm going to have a moan now. HoP really, really has changed. Grrrrr!
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anonomatosGOLD Member
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Location: Utrecht [NL], Netherlands


Posted:
thnx, I couldve figured that out myself...

@fluffy fairy... you need some therapy? i study social work, i might have an address or 2 i can link you to (psychiatry that is wink )

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fluffy napalm fairyCarpal \'Tunnel
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Posted:
edited to take out the frustrated swearing and unpleasantness. I'll just leave the exasperated bits.

People used to use their own brains.

Or maybe that was just me.

Geologists do it in the dirt................ spank


onewheeldaveGOLD Member
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Posted:
Written by: fluffy napalm fairy


I spent ages finding all those

shrug




When I saw the links you posted I did think that it was a refreshing change to the usual 'do a search...' response to newbie questions that seems to happen on HOP so much, and basically a very nice thing for you to have done.

Obviously not everyone has appreciated it, and I wanted to basically say that it was a good thing, and it would be great if more people took note of it and perhaps made similar efforts.

smile

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darkpoetBRONZE Member
Irish
525 posts
Location: Dallas.........ish, USA


Posted:
Written by: anonomatos


i study social work, i might have an address or 2 i can link you to (psychiatry that is wink )
biggrin




...then you should know that a psychiatrist is the person that perscribes medications for psychological issues...your talking about a psychologist..... juggle

and fluffy...tis ok...therapy works.....ish ubbloco

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fluffy napalm fairyCarpal \'Tunnel
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Location: Brum / Dorset / Fairy Land


Posted:
Therapy? Now I'm confused confused

hug to Dave - Now I know why people don't bother. Sad but true. However I seem to have an inexhaustible supply of fluff-energy so i shall keep going................

Geologists do it in the dirt................ spank


anonomatosGOLD Member
enthusiast
389 posts
Location: Utrecht [NL], Netherlands


Posted:
fuggedaboutit then...



anyways... this the construction so far (missing kevlar @ the bottom)... pretty much complete afaik for the rest...



any tips???



https://home.wanadoo.nl/rhoutappel/plaatjes/poi/wirewoolpoi.jpg

(its about 12cm broad)
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darkpoetBRONZE Member
Irish
525 posts
Location: Dallas.........ish, USA


Posted:
those holes are ginormous.......and by having that metal thing(looks like a paint can)...up top it limits airflow......however...using a cylindrical shape seems like something to toy with....

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prizes

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anonomatosGOLD Member
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Location: Utrecht [NL], Netherlands


Posted:
ive tried poiing with it and it works okay, the air resistance isnt that bad... or you mean air for the burning of the wire wool?

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I could fail, but Id rather be a fuckup, than a fake"


darkpoetBRONZE Member
Irish
525 posts
Location: Dallas.........ish, USA


Posted:
air for the wool
the more air you get the hotter, brighter, and more sparks you get.....

Jesus saves sinners and redeems them for cash and
prizes

Co-Founder of Keepers of Light

Educate yourself about the Hazards of Fire Breathing STAY SAFE!


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