Introduction: How to Make a FireWire

This will show you how to make a wicked Firewire with very few everyday household items.
(I am not responsible for any damages or injury.)

Step 1: Gathering Materials

You will need the following materials for this project : Really fine steel wool, string and a lighter.

Step 2: Putting It Together

Tie the string onto the steel wool, the string should be about 4 feet long as spark will be flying everywhere. If you have a coat hanger handy it would be a good idea to cut and straighten it out and make a hook on the end for the steel wool. this way its better cause it wont burn threw like it would on string.

Step 3: Going to a Safe Area

This is very dangerous and kinda awsome at the same time so go to a safe area will nothing will catch on fire.

Step 4: Lighting It

This is the big times so dont screw up. Hold the lighter up to the steel wool until mit starts to smoulder. Next twirl that thing around as fast as you can and watch the sparks fly!!

Step 5: Policy

Have fun and try not to kill yourself. lol

Comments

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erigby (author)2009-02-25

This is such a great effect - usually gets a round of applause :-) I've made something similar before - I used a kind of wire balloon shape that are sold at hardware stores in the UK to put in the top of drain pipes (I think). I then filled it with wire wool and attached a heavy-duty fishing swivel and some chain (instead of string). I used 2 like you might use fire poi, that's why they have finger loops on in the picture. Definitely best to wear non-synthetic clothing and bin the hairspray with this one ;-)

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PKM (author)erigby2009-02-26

I used balloon whisks- easy to get hold of anywhere and have a long enough handle that you can use flammable string. If you want extra-sparkly effects try filling one of them with salt :)

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erigby (author)PKM2009-02-27

Balloon whisks - genius idea! I've never used salt, but that sounds very exciting - I'll try it next time! Thanks :-)

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Wesley666 (author)erigby2010-11-19

Its the ions that will make it more sparkly. If you soak a wad of newspaper in the Blue Miracle grow powder that's been dissolved in water, then let the paper dry, it will burn green because of the Copper (Cu) ions.

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arpoky (author)Wesley6662011-01-29

Which type of Copper Ions?
Cuprous or Cupric?

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Wesley666 (author)arpoky2011-01-31

They will both burn a bluey-green, but Cu 2+ will burn a bit bluer then Cu +.
Cu 2+ is a bit easier to come by if I am correct.

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purduecer (author)2009-02-26

Firewire, eh? I'm a USB 2.0 man myself...

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craig3 (author)Trinity2009-02-25

So? since when aren't people aloud to post their versions up?

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Kaelessin (author)2009-02-25

I've seen numerous ways to make this but most of them use a "string" that's not flammable . . .cable would probably be safer and more reuseable

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j626no (author)2009-02-25

the steel wool doesn't rip off?

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