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JHunnBRONZE Member
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Location: Florida, USA


Posted:
I have tried to make myself a decent practice staff off the posts on these forums, but have not been successfull at doing it. Can someone post a pic of what one should look like? I'd be much obliged. Also, is it worth it to buy a beginners DVD to firetwirling? Let me know!

CharlesBRONZE Member
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Posted:
If you want really cheap, then get a broom stick from a hardware store and wrap a t-shirt on each end.

If it's for practice, that's all you need... I use them all the time when teaching others and holding workshops...

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JHunnBRONZE Member
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Location: Florida, USA


Posted:
I bought myself a 6' dowel rod, so I'm good there, but how would I put the t-shirt on it? Just wrap it around the end?

mcpPLATINUM Member
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Posted:
GAFFER TAPE!!

aka:

duck tape
duct tape
fabric tape

(wide silver / black tape)

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"the still legendary" - Kaskade

I spunked in my friend's aquarium and the fish ate it. I love all fish. Especially the pink ones. They are my bitches. - Anon.


Antti_EverythingGOLD Member
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Location: Jrvenp, Finland


Posted:
 Written by: mcp


GAFFER TAPE!!

aka:

duck tape
duct tape
fabric tape

(wide silver / black tape)



aka:

Jesus tape (it saves you whatever the problem..)

Point your toes.


JHunnBRONZE Member
7 posts
Location: Florida, USA


Posted:
Ok I think I got it. So I wrap the short length wise around the ends to resemble what the kevlar would like like or what? Do they hang off or secure around it? Whats else could I use? I'm looking for something I can easily buy at a nearby store or something.

mcpPLATINUM Member
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Posted:
tea towel, bits of old towel, bed sheets, anything that looks like it can take a bit of a bashing and not fall apart. (and that you won't need loads off to add a bit of weight.) Candyfloss is no good.

"the now legendary" - Kaskade
"the still legendary" - Kaskade

I spunked in my friend's aquarium and the fish ate it. I love all fish. Especially the pink ones. They are my bitches. - Anon.


DurbsBRONZE Member
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Cats are purrfect

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mcpPLATINUM Member
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hamsters too. but you need a few of them, plus they squiggle for a while, which puts the balance off.

"the now legendary" - Kaskade
"the still legendary" - Kaskade

I spunked in my friend's aquarium and the fish ate it. I love all fish. Especially the pink ones. They are my bitches. - Anon.


Neon_ShaolinGOLD Member
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You can use the duck tape to fix a duck to the end too...

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mcpPLATINUM Member
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noisy, and not just when you drop.

"the now legendary" - Kaskade
"the still legendary" - Kaskade

I spunked in my friend's aquarium and the fish ate it. I love all fish. Especially the pink ones. They are my bitches. - Anon.


Neon_ShaolinGOLD Member
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Which is where the duck tape will come in handy again by sealing the duck's beak. Or you could spin to 'The Birdie Song'. Or tape a Peking Roast Duck to each end. You can eat it after you've spun...

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JHunnBRONZE Member
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Location: Florida, USA


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LOL...Yeaaaa....but really...how do I put this dang thing on...I guess the point is just to add some balance weight and padding for when I whack myself. A pic for an example would be great if someone has one laying around.
I've been spinning drill rifles for about 5 years, so I've got the principal down, but I think im going to develop quite a few bruises...and burns once I finally got brave enough to light up =)

mcpPLATINUM Member
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Posted:
get a long thin length of whatever, maybe about 4 inches wide, (10cm)

tape one end to the stick. (at one end of the stick) wrap it around, and then tightened it up with your hands. Not to much, the tape on the inside might break.

tape up the outside lots.

You can put a nail through to stop the cloth tape mass moving up and down the staff. A carpet tack is usually fine, (or 3 tacks.)

tape over the tacks so they're no exposed metal to scratch yerself with.

repeat for otherside.

"the now legendary" - Kaskade
"the still legendary" - Kaskade

I spunked in my friend's aquarium and the fish ate it. I love all fish. Especially the pink ones. They are my bitches. - Anon.


JHunnBRONZE Member
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Location: Florida, USA


Posted:
Thanks..>That greatly helps...Now for the last piece...the grip...I hear tennis rackit handles work well, but they are hard to find without disassembling my old rackets =) does duct tape work? and what length across a 5' staff? about 1 1/2 feet in middle?

mcpPLATINUM Member
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Location: Edin-borrow., United Kingdom


Posted:
duct tape does NOT work.

Try buying a grip from a racquet / sports store.

Leather is also good, or a bicycle handle grip from a bike shop. or anything soft and grippy....

"the now legendary" - Kaskade
"the still legendary" - Kaskade

I spunked in my friend's aquarium and the fish ate it. I love all fish. Especially the pink ones. They are my bitches. - Anon.


JHunnBRONZE Member
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Location: Florida, USA


Posted:
Ok I will...how far down the staff?

TotalEclipseGOLD Member
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Location: Nr Petersfield, United Kingdom


Posted:
Grips go in the middle, and can be as long or as short as you like - within reason. A grip isn't entirely necessary...but generally good. And remember to mark the centre! White electrical tape does this a treat.

JHunnBRONZE Member
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Location: Florida, USA


Posted:
Lol, I made it! It's got a lot of duct tape on it though to hold the cloth in place. And I ran out of tennis grip half way across, so my balance point is gripless..Doh! ill take a picture once I complete it though!

LazyAngelGOLD Member
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Location: Cambridge UK


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you can use old inner tube for your grip: I got mine in china from the local motorbike repair shop. I cleaned it once I got home and then used superglue to fix it on. They gave me a broken tube for free, so all I had to pay for was the superglue. Although my grip now has 'Hongdou Group Wuxi General Rubber Co. LTD' written across it shrug

Note: the curvy shape of the tube means that you may have to experiment a bit to find the best way to get a tight fit around the staff. The best way is to glue, pull it tight, and then glue again, that way you get a nice snug fit.

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LazyAngelGOLD Member
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Oh yeah and you can use the excess rubber for the ends...

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Twisthem488 187 posts
Location: USA


Posted:
heres the staff I use at games (I'm a yell leader) Its a short lenght of pvc (about 5 1/2') 1/2" diameter SCH 40. Found some rubber tape at a hardware store and used that as grip. The ends are covered in some extra Mylar I have from my rc plane supplies. Electrical tape keeps everything from peeling.


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