Mr_Nenderful
Mr_Nenderful

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Location: Brooklyn, Nn
Member Since: 13th Jan 2007
Total posts: 4
Posted:hey all, i have a question about kevlar cloth/thread.

i went out shopping last night to get materials to build my first fire staff. figured might as well get used to it before i light up, eh?

well all in all i couldnt find any kevlar cloth. it turns out i can get kevlar string/thread from my uni.

would this be ok if i just used it to weave into a cloth that i can then use as wicks?

i dont see why it wouldnt be ok. but is there something im unaware of? thanks smile


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Gnor
Gnor

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Location: Perth
Member Since: 31st Mar 2003
Total posts: 5814
Posted:Order Kevlar from the HOP shop is my suggestion.

or

You can do "backstrap" or inkle weaving fairly simply but its heaps of effort.

One of our locals does all of his own wicks with kevlar string. He swears by it for his performance toys.


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Invader Xan
Invader Xan

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Location: Over the hills and far away
Member Since: 7th May 2005
Total posts: 479
Posted:You can get actual kevlar cloth from a few places online. It's used to make things like heatproof sleeves and gloves for mechanics. Twill weave is probably best... smile

If it's just for a staff tho, like Gnor said -- look for "kevlar wick" not cloth. The stuff here on HoP is top quality.


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Charles
Charles

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Location: Auckland
Member Since: 27th Jun 2001
Total posts: 3989
Posted:BUT... Be aware that Kevalr comes in all sorts of forms, and most of it is not suitable for wicks.

EG 'pure' kevlar, is like thin strands of very strong dental floss, its very waxy and shiny, barely absorbs liquid at all and even when woven, the weave falls apart very easily with minimal abrasion.

It's like comparing a cotton muslin cloth with cotton denim. Same raw material, but almost the opposite in characteristics.

I made this mistake a long time ago and the kevlar was useless...


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