DentrassiGOLD Member
ZORT!
3,044 posts
Location: Brisbane, Australia


Posted:
im currently planning to make a 1.5m polycarbonate tube & LED staff staff. i alway tend to the dark side of contact moves but generally my regular firestaffs have about 40cm of rubber based grip.

i really would like to see the LEDs all the way through rather than just the ends - any ideas for a vaguely sticky yet clear substance/material i can use for grip? is there some sort of silica based compound perhaps?

any ideas or links to thread where this has been discussed before would be appreciated.

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[Nx?]BRONZE Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
3,749 posts
Location: Europe,Scotland,Both


Posted:
yeah, silcone tubing, grippy, clear, flexible, comes in a variety of sizes, just get some thats a little too small, throw it in some near-boiling water to expand, slip it into place and let it cool, no glue marks!

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jcrsGOLD Member
the floor is a sea of tigers...
404 posts

Posted:
^^ ooo, i've gotta try that some day. it seems so much nicer to do than smearing sillicon over my grips and hoping that it'll stay on. but would the sillicon tubing be as grippy as sillicon sealant from something like a caulking gun?

LavatwilightGOLD Member
old hand
834 posts
Location: Wellington somerset, UK


Posted:
Nx where you get it from??? as my current sticks i use something slightly diffrent that i make my self, but......it degrades after a while.


oracle, in your case (if you took my orig idea) find some guse that is sticky on one side (where i dont know i still have to research that.
and then spread a thin layer over it, and wrap it around your stick, like you would do with tennis grip smile

either that or strugz found somewhere some clear tennis grips that he uses on his areotechs, and you can see the leds fine through that, and i think theres a thread about it somewhere :-)

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Kyle Mclean-
Contact without dance is like sex without wiggling.
A) it does feel as good
B) it does not look as good on film


LavatwilightGOLD Member
old hand
834 posts
Location: Wellington somerset, UK


Posted:
ok i had a look on the net, and silicone tubing is really quite easy to get hold of (as long as its the right stuff that i have found, im gonna ask them for a sample)

usually from drink machine manufacturers.

Drawings by chalk minds, strech between the stars

Kyle Mclean-
Contact without dance is like sex without wiggling.
A) it does feel as good
B) it does not look as good on film


LavatwilightGOLD Member
old hand
834 posts
Location: Wellington somerset, UK


Posted:
i got a sample and its really good, can get it in either white or clear, but can order a min of 5m only, which isnt so good if you dont want to make lots of sticks, but the grip is really grippy, almost as much as silicone from a gun :-)

Drawings by chalk minds, strech between the stars

Kyle Mclean-
Contact without dance is like sex without wiggling.
A) it does feel as good
B) it does not look as good on film


FireTomStargazer
6,650 posts

Posted:
Weaow- gotta remember that one! biggrin

Please let me/us know about the long term experience with it!

Thx

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entheogenGOLD Member
member
173 posts
Location: Berlin, Germany


Posted:
Sorry, maybe Im blind, but I didnt see anywhere the diameter of the tubing. Can anyone tell me what it is?

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LavatwilightGOLD Member
old hand
834 posts
Location: Wellington somerset, UK


Posted:
inside diameter is 18mm outside is 25mm, its quite heavy, and to get it on, either takes a lot of effort or lubing it with lots of washing up liquid then it goes on really easy, so far use wise
its fine for spinning crosses, and contact is super gripy, any black marks on it just wipe off, and its really heat proof.
the bad thing about it, is that i havent yet worked out a way to mark a center point on it, other than my one idea, of a tube of black silicone, and mark the middle using that.

if any one wants the address of the site then just ask smile

Drawings by chalk minds, strech between the stars

Kyle Mclean-
Contact without dance is like sex without wiggling.
A) it does feel as good
B) it does not look as good on film


mo-sephenthusiast
523 posts
Location: Edinburgh, UK


Posted:
so what's the address of the site? wink

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LavatwilightGOLD Member
old hand
834 posts
Location: Wellington somerset, UK


Posted:
ok coming up! :P www.silex.co.uk is it smile

Drawings by chalk minds, strech between the stars

Kyle Mclean-
Contact without dance is like sex without wiggling.
A) it does feel as good
B) it does not look as good on film


mo-sephenthusiast
523 posts
Location: Edinburgh, UK


Posted:
Good stuff, cheers! wink

monkeys ate my brain


jc_firetricksBRONZE Member
enthusiast
205 posts
Location: Brisbane, Australia


Posted:
Yes thanks for the links great help !! biggrin

LavatwilightGOLD Member
old hand
834 posts
Location: Wellington somerset, UK


Posted:
Nil problemo

if any ones at spitz, you can see the sticks:)

Drawings by chalk minds, strech between the stars

Kyle Mclean-
Contact without dance is like sex without wiggling.
A) it does feel as good
B) it does not look as good on film


FIREBOY4209SILVER Member
The lone Fire Spinner
236 posts
Location: Channel islands Jersey UK


Posted:
What I use is a grip tape which I get from a company called Heskins. They make grip tape that can be stuck onto practically any surface. I use their Aqua-Safe grip tape and the good thing is they say they can make it in any size,shape,grade,width or colour and they even do it in clear. You can contact them by their website at www.heskins.com and ask for a free samples pack.

Hope this helps. smile
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LavatwilightGOLD Member
old hand
834 posts
Location: Wellington somerset, UK


Posted:
Thanks beth i just ordered some grip for my uppgraded spangly tech biggrin

Drawings by chalk minds, strech between the stars

Kyle Mclean-
Contact without dance is like sex without wiggling.
A) it does feel as good
B) it does not look as good on film


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


Posted:
I ordered 6 packs of the clear racquet-tape. I hope they'll arrive soon and I hope they're worth $4.95 x 6...

"Dont know how long, this ones gonna take;
I could fail, but Id rather be a fuckup, than a fake"


DennyHere again gone again
157 posts
Location: Central London


Posted:
Originally Posted By: FIREBOY4209What I use is a grip tape which I get from a company called Heskins. They make grip tape that can be stuck onto practically any surface. I use their Aqua-Safe grip tape and the good thing is they say they can make it in any size,shape,grade,width or colour and they even do it in clear. You can contact them by their website at www.heskins.com and ask for a free samples pack.
Hope this helps.

I just bought a roll of this stuff - wish I'd gone for the free sample approach first. There is NO WAY I could use this on a staff - I'd lose all the skin off my hands inside a few hours, it's WAY too abrasive - it feels like heavy-grade sandpaper!

I strongly recommend people do not buy this stuff.

"Talk hard"


astonSILVER Member
Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
4,061 posts
Location: South Africa


Posted:
Originally Posted By: DennyI just bought a roll of this stuff - wish I'd gone for the free sample approach first. There is NO WAY I could use this on a staff - I'd lose all the skin off my hands inside a few hours, it's WAY too abrasive - it feels like heavy-grade sandpaper!

I strongly recommend people do not buy this stuff.

Looking around on their site, they do offer non-abrasive versions as well.

Maybe you got the wrong type by mistake?

'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland


ExuroThe Prodigy
82 posts

Posted:
I want the coarse resilient aqua tape.
It apparently has a ridiculously intense grip without the abrasiveness.

You play with fire,
You're going to get burned.


FireTomStargazer
6,650 posts

Posted:
other than on a clear PVC staff I see no advantage of a clear grip... shrug

anybody?

the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink


astonSILVER Member
Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
4,061 posts
Location: South Africa


Posted:
That *was* what the OP was about....

'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland


FireTomStargazer
6,650 posts

Posted:
uh, oh - yea but but...

so now it morphed into "contact staff grip" (in general)?

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astonSILVER Member
Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
4,061 posts
Location: South Africa


Posted:
Hence the emphasis on was. wink

But yes, unless you have decorated your staff nicely or it is PVC or similar I see little point to a clear grip either.

'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland


happyinmotionSILVER Member
newbie
42 posts
Location: New Zealand


Posted:
I've been using clear heatshrink over polycarbonate, it works pretty good, although is slippery when wet.

It does get expensive in the larger sizes, but I've yet to find anything to match. Hit up Maplin/Digikey/RS/Farnell for it, depending on what country you're in.

(I really should get round to writing up my Picaxe-controlled glowstaff...)

DennyHere again gone again
157 posts
Location: Central London


Posted:
The stuff I got IS the version they describe as 'non-abrasive'. It's abrasive, believe me.

"Talk hard"


astonSILVER Member
Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
4,061 posts
Location: South Africa


Posted:
Fair 'nuff. Was just wondering.

'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland


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