Introduction: Simple Fire Poi
Fire poi can be a bit expensive, but I made these for less than $20!
You will need:
Torch Wick (available at Renegade Juggling) I used 6' total of the 2" wick; 3' per poi. This made for
smaller-than-normal poi, but I didn't want them to be huge. You may like yours larger.
2 screw bolts with loops at the end (highly technical terminology here) I used 1/4", the length will be
determined by how much wick you buy.... therefor how thick your poi will be.
2 cap nuts
2 small 'carabiners'
Chain : purchased in bulk from hardware store - you will need to figure out how long you like your poi
to be (via practice!) to know how much chain you need. Typically you want the poi to reach
from your palm to just about your armpit.
Fuel (I like lamp oil or kerosene)
**Note: Please practice with non-flammable poi before you jump into this. I spent about 3 months of near-daily practice before I first attempted fire. My multiple bruises from whacks-in-the-face can attest that you really, really want to practice a lot.**
Step 1: Fold the Wick
You'll want to set up your wick at a 90 degree angle.
Then, you will fold it, back and forth, tucking in the edges, until you have a nice little wick cube.
I have lots of pics here to demonstrate how to fold... ;)
Step 2: Punch a Path for the Bolt
I'm sure there are other awesome tools that could do this more effectively, but ya work with what ya got, no?
I took a thick nail and hammered it through the wick cube to make a path for the bolt to go through the whole thing.
Then, with the nail still inserted in the cube, I pushed it back out via screwing the bolt in... as seen below.
Step 3: Chain It Up...
Screw the cap nuts onto the end of your screw bolt, which is now all the way through the wick cube.
You may want to add some glue or other tightener.
Attach your carabiner to the round head of the screw bolt thing, and attach the chain to that.
There are much more official hand-holds available for poi, but I've found my satin ribbon to do the trick just fine.
*Note: I prefer the swing from the ball-style chain. However, the friendly folks at Renegade Juggling strongly caution against using it with fire, as the links are not as strong as the regular chain shown here, and you run the risk of a link eventually breaking and your flaming cube hitting someone in the face. Ow. You have been duly warned.
Step 4: Let Er Rip!
Tie back your hair, get on some non-bulky clothes, soak your new flame poi in fuel, and light them on fire!
Spin, spin, sugar!
Here is a great site with video instructions for poi tricks. YouTube is also helpful.