Poi heads can be made out of pretty much whatever you can think of: bright-colored balls, glowsticks, flags, and even socks filled with sand in a pinch.* I have a rather nice set of glow heads myself, but even though I've spun fire before I've never owned any burn heads. Some people use monkey's fist knots for their burn heads, but I wanted to go one better and use a turk's head knot.
Spinning fire is a lot of fun and isn't really as scary as a lot of people think, but it's still dangerous. Always make sure you have someone spotting you when spinning with fire and don't try any moves with fire that you haven't tried and gotten good at in (less incendiary) practice.
*Yes, I have done this. I was at the beach and used my shoelaces for strings. I recommend you remember to bring your poi with you, though, because a sock full of sand has another name: blackjack. It hurts when you whack yourself with these.
Step 1: Bill of Materials
- 3/8" kevlar rope* (20ft) -- about $30 plus shipping
- Wooden sphere, 2" diameter (x2) -- $1.50 each from a craft store
- 1/4" x 3" steel Eyebolt with nut (x2) -- About $2 each from a hardware store
- 1/2" wood screws (x2)
- whipping twine (optional)
- Power drill or drill press -- needs 1/4" and 1/2" drill bits and a driver bit for your wood screws.
- Marlinspike or Fid
- Sailmaker's palm and needle (optional)
* I've bought most of my poi stuff from the New Zealand based Home of Poi. They have some excellent resources for learning the various fire spinning arts, making your own gear, and one of the best shops for buying those things you can't or decide not to make (wick, really cool, durable glow poi, chains). The HOP shop links in this instructable contain my referral code, Kyle135. To my knowledge this grants you (if you 're a first-time buyer) a 5% discount on all items in the store and gives me the same 5% of your purchase as a kickback on my next purchase. You don't need to use it if you don't want to.