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hippieofvenus
newbie

Member Since: 20th Mar 2007
Total posts: 10
Posted:I was just wondering the poorest cheapest and most ghetto toy you have ever made was


for me it was a welding rod with gauze pad wrapped around it then wire around that for keeping it on......I used it for fire breathing



Rellizate
Rellizate

old hand
Location: Cambridge, UK
Member Since: 10th Feb 2007
Total posts: 719
Posted:Glow chucks made out of two glow sticks salotaped together (the salotape acted as the chain). They were awsome. biggrin


faith enfire
faith enfire

wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin
Member Since: 27th Jan 2006
Total posts: 3556
Posted:I had a pair of nylons with runs in them with socks with holes in them as the weights

Faith
Nay, whatever comes one hour was sunlit and the most high gods may not make boast of any better thing than to have watched that hour as it passed


Cody
Cody

That guy from Reno
Location: Reno, Nevada USA
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2003
Total posts: 556
Posted:I taught myself how to juggle clubs with two wire brushes. :P

Cody Canon
Controlled Burn, Reno Nevada


Kathain_Bowen
Kathain_Bowen

Good Ol' Yarn For Hair
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Member Since: 24th Jan 2006
Total posts: 422
Posted:Rope dart out of closeline, some keyrings and an LED stick. Or poi with shoestrings and car keys.

"So long and thanks for all the fish."


pineapple pete
pineapple pete

water based
Location: melbourne
Member Since: 20th Sep 2004
Total posts: 5125
Posted:i was taught to juggle clubs using old chair legs smile

hug


"you know there are no trophys for doing silly things in real life yeah pete?" said ant "you wont get a 'listened to ride of the valkyries all the way to vietnam' trophy"

*proud owner of the very cute fire_spinning_angel, birgit and neon shaolin*


drvariety
drvariety

member
Location: Mission viejo CA
Member Since: 10th Mar 2006
Total posts: 75
Posted:I first started learning poi with two lenghts of twine with five nuts on the end of each.
wow.
that came out wrong...


There is nothing to be afraid of. Virtual reality will eventually rehabilitate your mind and eventually your body. Everything will be allright, i promise. Just concentrate. Try some music.


FireTom
Stargazer

Member Since: 20th Sep 2003
Total posts: 6650
Posted:After painful first encounters with firepois, I detected nylon climbing-rope, added a few knots and wow it didn't even remotely hurt as much smile Ah, and my first staff was a broomstick with aluminum foil to the end and some cloth rolleyes

the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink


squarefish
(...trusty steed of the rodeo midget...)
Location: the state of flux
Member Since: 23rd Sep 2002
Total posts: 403
Posted:Ghetto LED poi using dogchains, bike lights and Sellotape.
Still have them and they're bright!



GothFrogette
GothFrogette

grumpy poorly froggy
Location: Nuneaton
Member Since: 10th Oct 2004
Total posts: 3999
Posted:first poi... old stripey tights (cut of cause) with rice in the ends (not too good after a while as it burst!!!)

first set of doubles staff.. broom sticks with tennis balls stuff with plastcine in them

first stick ever staffed with... a realy nice oak branch found in the woods


Life's too short to worry about where you put your marshmallows


faith enfire
faith enfire

wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin
Member Since: 27th Jan 2006
Total posts: 3556
Posted:my glow sock poi are my dad's old tube socks w/o the cool stripes at the top

Faith
Nay, whatever comes one hour was sunlit and the most high gods may not make boast of any better thing than to have watched that hour as it passed


FatGuru
FatGuru

newbie
Location: Findlay, Ohio
Member Since: 16th Apr 2007
Total posts: 40
Posted:I robbed my dog of the tennis balls I used in my first sock poi! lol

"It is far better to know you think than it is to think you know." -FAT-


Twisthem488
Twisthem488

member
Location: USA
Member Since: 27th Jan 2004
Total posts: 187
Posted:I got a set of those really small novelty baseball bats to learn clubs on.

My first set of poi consisted of some fishing weights on the end of some fishing line. That was a disaster.


Im a Thespian, But I'll Act Normal Around You Guys


Wooktastic
Wooktastic

the kicker of elves
Location: Dublin
Member Since: 10th Jan 2007
Total posts: 371
Posted:Fire staff made out of an ash sapling, two flaming rope darts made out of clothes lines/chain and a fire sword made out of a 7.50 katana with guitar strings holding the kevlar on.
I have no safe firetoys. . .


Man is no more than a conduit for excrement to pass through.- daVinci

Jointly owned by BurdA and Tinypixie

Wielder of the voice of Patrick Stewart


nathaniel_deforest
newbie
Location: danbury, ct
Member Since: 15th Feb 2007
Total posts: 12
Posted:I used to work at a petstore when I was first getting into poi. When I was bored I would take two of the long thin plastic bags used for transporting fish, throw two of the multi-colored dog tennis balls in and go spinning in the back room. Needless to say they didn't work too well, but were way more fun than working.

do you believe in something beautiful?
then get up and be it.


the_mods_stole_my_name
the_mods_stole_my_name

travelling without moving
Location: Maghull, Liverpool
Member Since: 9th May 2006
Total posts: 1286
Posted:you lie! we know you terrorised the goldfish by spinning them!!!

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Reality is just a state of mind which occurs through a lack of lsd

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O.B.E.S.E.


Cody
Cody

That guy from Reno
Location: Reno, Nevada USA
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2003
Total posts: 556
Posted:I learned to contact juggle with those little jingly mirrored chineese exercise balls. I totally trashed one and kept the other nice for performance. It's was hard to learn they were about 1.5 inches in diameter, but I'm stubborn.

My first poi were baught from a street vendor in Australia by a frend. They were tiny tubecore with small keyring handles and wire cord. They scared the crap out of me the first time I spun them with fire and I
didn't know any moves, except maybee a 2 beet weave.

I've also made newspaper juggling clubs, they are actualy really cool. smile


Cody Canon
Controlled Burn, Reno Nevada


Skatto
Skatto

Walking on whims...
Location: Eastbourne, UK
Member Since: 12th Jan 2007
Total posts: 687
Posted:It was diabolo sticks for me. smile

I forgot my carbon diabolo sticks one day when at college - but had my diabolo with me in my bag. (I had taken them out for some reason, probably to restring them.)

Oddly enough I also had a huge ball of rope/string which I was using for a photography project. You know the stuff, the kind awful for rope-burn, and with lots of bristly whiskery bits jutting along it.

The rope was poor quality and did not work well if I just held it in my hands. So I found a sturdy stick and a tennis ball.

The stick was underneath a nearby tree, I wrapped the rope around it at least 25 times with about 16 knots. tongue I used that for my dominant/tapping hand.
Then I tied the other end of the string around the tennis ball securely - this was held in my left hand.

So I had some crappy rope tied between a muddy stick and a tennis ball.

And it worked like a charm!! ubblol
So well in fact, that I kept it.

The tennis ball was really fun for suicides, and the crappy rope lasted forever!
Arm scoops and more elaborate tricks over the head behind the back were really funny too.

Only thing that sucked were coffee grinders, steamrollers, and grinding!
ubbloco

So yea, that was fun!


Skatto

"Fly like a mouse,
Run like a cushion,
Be the small bookcase."

For goodness sake, don't aggravate the otters!!!


Cody
Cody

That guy from Reno
Location: Reno, Nevada USA
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2003
Total posts: 556
Posted:You may be on to something with that tennisball idea. smile

Cody Canon
Controlled Burn, Reno Nevada


-sandy-
-sandy-

old hand
Location: Bristol
Member Since: 12th Jul 2004
Total posts: 716
Posted:my first fire staff i made from a bit of heavy copper piping i found in the garden with some old socks tied to the end. It was so heavy i pulled a muscle in my back spinning it and couldnt walk for 3 days and the socks had to be replaced every time i had a burn. I got a better one quite quickly.

"Don't do it naked!"


Skatto
Skatto

Walking on whims...
Location: Eastbourne, UK
Member Since: 12th Jan 2007
Total posts: 687
Posted: Written by: Cody


You may be on to something with that tennisball idea. smile



I've been thought about it for a while afterwards. Maybe you could drill two holes into a tennis ball, thread through some string, then tie a knot... that would be pretty secure.
I think a stick for your dominant hand is a must though... for accelerations.

Your right, we should experiment. biggrin


Skatto

"Fly like a mouse,
Run like a cushion,
Be the small bookcase."

For goodness sake, don't aggravate the otters!!!


Cody
Cody

That guy from Reno
Location: Reno, Nevada USA
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2003
Total posts: 556
Posted:Yah you could end up juggling the ball with fun catches, stalls wraps. The ball can become the focus sometimes. The main hand stick is handy, but you could do it with two balls, just double up your wraps to accelerate. Your style would change, but then you have two balls and a Diablo to juggle!. smile

Hmm I might actually try this too.:P


Cody Canon
Controlled Burn, Reno Nevada


LazyAngel
LazyAngel

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Cambridge UK
Member Since: 29th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2895
Posted:or you could do meteor with a diabolo in the middle? ubbidea

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Cody
Cody

That guy from Reno
Location: Reno, Nevada USA
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2003
Total posts: 556
Posted:Hmm yah... if you have really long cord, you could end up holding the cord half way between the tennisballs and the diablo. A good quick trick with this would be a butterfly while the diablo is spinning. If you have enough cord you could do a cats cradle with a butterfly or even an over the head butterfly. The tricks would have to be simple at first because the complexities of haveing the diablo in the middle, but as with everything the tech would progress. I think the idea is new enough that if someone were to run with it and put together a performance piece, they could be the originators and start a frenzy! biggrin

Cody Canon
Controlled Burn, Reno Nevada


bender
still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 14th Nov 2001
Total posts: 6979
Posted:i've made a set of monkey poi out of novelty plush monkies with looong tails.
they lasted as long as a firetwirling-movies thread in the social chat forum.


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ubersmack
ubersmack

journeyman
Location: Wisconsin
Member Since: 9th Jul 2006
Total posts: 73
Posted:I started with good poi, though back in raver days before i knew it was "poi spinning" i used shoelaces and glowsticks.

The most ghetto staff I have seen was a kid with a broomstick, with a white cotton shirt cut in two tied on with craft wire.. didnt look to good.


"Runs with Scissors"


hippieofvenus
newbie

Member Since: 20th Mar 2007
Total posts: 10
Posted: Written by: ubersmack


The most ghetto staff I have seen was a kid with a broomstick, with a white cotton shirt cut in two tied on with craft wire.. didnt look to good.



yeah that doesn't sound in the least bit good someone ought to tell him how stupid that was and if he is ready for fire they should show him where to get a good staff



arkm
arkm

Custom Title
Location: San Diego, California
Member Since: 15th May 2007
Total posts: 62
Posted:The first time I'd spun was at a party with a nylon string and a pair of orange glowsticks a couple years ago.

The first poi I had made consist of a pair of thick rounded shoelace and two water bottles (with the caps). I had pierced the middle of both of the caps, insert the shoelace and tie a knot so it will stay in place. From their on, I can practice with only the cap or screw in the bottles for a bit more weight. And If I want even more weight I might even pour in water into the bottles.... or crack a glowstick and pour the liquid in the bottle..

Other than that, I mostly practice now with two long socks and a regular rolled sock in each of them.. nothing special.. I believe I might need a longer sock though..

I haven't experiemented on Staffs or clubs or anything..


Hakuna Matata


faith enfire
faith enfire

wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin
Member Since: 27th Jan 2006
Total posts: 3556
Posted:oh i like the idea of cracking a glowstick in a bottle

Faith
Nay, whatever comes one hour was sunlit and the most high gods may not make boast of any better thing than to have watched that hour as it passed


kerryann
newbie

Member Since: 23rd Jul 2008
Total posts: 9
Posted:I just discovered poi, but was too impatient to wait until i made the poi...so i tried with the old skipping ropes (leather 'rope' and heavy wood handles) but i did not cut it..... i hit myself on the head so hard i saw stars!

I decided it was best to wait till i made a softer one!!



Nifelium
Nifelium

journeyman
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Member Since: 4th Aug 2008
Total posts: 52
Posted:my first staff was a aluminium curtain rod with a chickent wire cage around it fastened with pop-riverts.

wasent bad just a smidge hard to re-stuff it with rags.


LEAK SPIN


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