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MATERIALS

Metal whisk (stuff the steel wool in here)
Steel wool (get Grade 0, 00, 000, or 0000. Don't get anything at or above Grade 1. This can be found at the local hardware store)
Lighter OR 9 volt battery (To light the steel wool with)
Steel cable with clasp OR chain OR dog leash (something to swing the whisk around with)
D-SLR camera (capture the moment)
Tripod (capture the moment steadily)
Safe location (NO dry grass or other flammable items. Secluded locations are preferred)

ALSO, it is a good idea to have a fire extinguisher around just in case things go wrong...and that steel wool is really a tricky thing to put out.

SAFETY ATTIRE

Dark clothing (strategic since the it will be harder for the camera to see you)
Hooded sweatshirt/coat/jacket/sweater OR hat (or both)
Jeans OR pants
Close-toed shoes
Goggles OR glasses (If you're feeling really safe)

*We would love to see what you come up with! Feel free to leave any of your photo results in the comments below!

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BASIC

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SPIRAL


<p>I used to do this every July 4th. I used similar steel wool but I'm noting it was much brighter and made for a pretty spectacular show. Granted for photo purposes what you did was fine. In fact I though the kitchen whisk would make a better holder than how I did it. I used a ordinary wire coat hanger and put a simple bend on one end to grasp the wool. I tied a longer rope than yours on the other end. I also added a bit of weight on the end, I forgot what it was. The idea was to make it easier to spin faster. Air resistance will slow down a light weight system.</p><p>Rigged with a long length and added weight the speed was much faster hence the burn was brighter. I think the hanger method allowed more air onto the wool.</p><p>I didn't need head protection because I would spin it on a nearly 45 degree angle, so there was nothing to fall from over head onto me. I had my spectators stay on the low side. Too bad no one filmed it as nice as you guys did.</p>

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