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Welcome to my little tutorial on how to make some poi.
First of all, to those who don't know what poi is:

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""Poi" is the Maori word for "ball" on a cord
The Poi was used, many years ago, by the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand to increase their flexibility and strength in their hands and arms as well as improving coordination.

Wahine (female) dancers perform the Maori Poi, a dance performed with balls attached to flax strings, swung rhythmically.

The Poi dance was originally used by the Maori women for keeping their hands flexible for weaving and by the men for strength and coordination required during battle. Poi are also used as a training aid for other ancient weapons like the Mere or Patu (Short club)"

Now days poi is a popular form of entertainment and just plain for fun practice good for cordination.
Glowstringing is a similar art to poi, largely developed and advocated by the rave community, before spreading throughout electronic music culture. It involves spinning glowsticks to make patterns in the air at raves or in the club scene. While often mistaken for poi, it is in fact a separate discipline, and the two styles have had some influence on each other.

Learning the fundamentals of poi make an excellent foundation for glowstringing and advanced fire poi, like in the picture below.

A simple way out would be purchasing a pair of poi off the web. It isn't a bad idea, but as for me, save the $20 or so dollars and get crafty. I personally find I like working with my own crafted items better myself anyways.

But enough of my rambling, lets get started on some basic homemade pratice poi!
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001011012 years ago
How long should the shoe laces be? >.< Or rather, how long should it be BETWEEN the handleloop and the ball itself?
kharris113 years ago
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for any avid contributors i will be sharing the advertising income depending on what they have submitted, if any of you guys fancy it hit me up on my site, if your not but you still like poi and fire spinning etc head over and check it out an join the forums :) much love
Ijust made my first set of practice poi balls! Thanks for your inspiration!
Darn exercise thats fun? Whats the world coming to? XD :3 congrats now I'm craving some poi and Maori carvings X3 although I always did want to use fire >:3 XD thanks
What did you use to get the colored flames? i know a few things but I'd like to know what you uses
Might want to hold off on that and learn the glowsticking first. Don't jump straight into fire, its dangerous.
ravebot Rjeff6 years ago
fire dangerous? no fire is your friend smoky the bear told me
Lol Dustfinger told me it was my friend (Dustfinger from Inkheart)
lol, fire dangerous?? never
home of poi now sell tribal neon coloured fire that changes the flame colour rather cool
Hydra (author)  AnarchistKid7 years ago
Those colors were created by glowsticks or LED stick lights/glow sticks (which you can pick one up for, often, under $10).
PaganMoon6 years ago
balloons would make a good alternative to the baggies
How about condoms?
could make for an interesting shaped poi
wiillii5 years ago
why don't you make this stuff from a lamp led or something like that. ıts gonna be cool and look like real:D
AznDonut5 years ago
My poi is just a long pair of soccer socks with water bottles in them
HDM5286 years ago
how can you make it glow so brite???????
J_SCAP HDM5285 years ago
in the pictures there using glow/fire poi these are jsut regular fabric poi
pluish8 years ago
this would make a great weapon, a poi, i mean, if you set it on fire and swing it to your enemy, or wrap it around him, it wil maybe set his clothes on fire! xD
But The Thing Is, Your Not Supposed To Hit People With The Poi. Its Considered Disrespctful
but if your enemy was on fire, what if he just hugged you?
adjk946 years ago
shouldnt the plastic melt while doing the poi i just dont see how u can get it to work without the plastic melting or the fabric burning off
mohawk93 adjk946 years ago
not this type this is "practice" poi not "fire" poi. that means no fire.
kittensox7 years ago
Good one. My first practice poi were small chains and tennis balls. I had the injuries on my skull to prove my skill level. I finally made something like yours only they are bean bags. I think having the sand or whatever to provide weight is really good!! Another way of practicing CAREFULLY without actually moving onto fire is to use water filled plastic cups with no lid or those squishy spongey pool toys that kids throw at each other. The water spins out and looks really cool and it also shows you what happens if you don't tap out your wicks.
yea, or have u seen those rubbery stretchy transluscent toys that look like a stress ball and a sea urchin's love child? usually they're in walgreens or wherever cheap, and they usually have a loop or leash that is longer than the other protuberenceseses, i'm sure u could swing 2 of those around and not hurt yourself too much.
Rolla6 years ago
did you use a camera setting for that picture?
Rolla6 years ago
what camera setting is that?
i live in newzealand and iv never seen a man use them or even heard of one , traditionly they were not set on fire that is a more recent development. iv put bolts and washers with citronela wicks wraped around bolts on the end of my nunchuks and use two at once, cool party trick and iv never burnt myself, but i do recomend you get good first or shave your head!
ps poi is most defnatly a girl thing, in newzealand a male would get laughed at!
Where I live (Boston, MA, USA), there are WAAAY more men doing poi then women. I only know of one other girl besides myself that can do poi. Most girls I've seen that attempted it have given up after getting hit in the face or back with a tennis ball.
Easel radiobath6 years ago
Hmmm... i live in New Zealand and do firestaffing and fire poi and to be honest i also believe there are far more females doing it.....however..... the females kinna do it while being social with each other and such while the guys go crazy learning new stuff and using fire and are generally way more into it I guess girls do it a "sterotyped girly" way and guys do it the "stereotyped guy" way lol
hey can you use flour instead of sand or rice?
Also, if you decide to use flour, avoid doing it near fires (campfires, barbeques, etc.), if it bursts, the cloud of flour can flash burn. While it would look cool, it is not something you'd want to be standing in the middle of... ...unless you're trying out for the next run of Jackass. lol :-P
Hydra (author)  mega destroyer7 years ago
I don't see why not! If you can get the desirable weight out of four, go for it. Just be careful of how you package it, flour can get stinky if open to moist air. (This is why I stick with rice and sand.)
zamirii7 years ago
anybody interested in learning to make a set of fire poi for about $10 u.s. ? the heads are good for a couple burns but easy and cheap to replace. if so email me and i'll work on putting together an instructable for it. down here in south florida, poi and bellydancers go together like PB&J ;)
twoleftfeet8 years ago
It's too bad that "poi" means something totally different ( in Hawaii.

Nothing to do with fire. Poi - the food - is definitely an acquire taste.

Hope Google sorts this out.
Poi--this type of dancing--might have come from the tuber as well. Hawaiians did similar dances, as they would tie a pouch of poi on astring and dance with it, rhythmically hitting it on their forearms and legs, etc., to mash it so they could more easily cook it.

Just FYI! =n.n=
radiobath buchd7 years ago
Glowstick/LED poi is done like that. As you're spinning, you do a "wrap", where you hit the middle of the string or chain on your arm (or leg, ankle, neck, shoulder, etc), making it wrap around and smacking it against your skin and bounce back. If pictures are taken during this move, it comes out like a spiral. It looks really amazing when done in front of you as well.
Bran7 years ago
Not only would I like to know how to make the fire poi, I'd also like to know what shutter speed you used for those photos, that's is awesome!
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