Introduction: Flame Whip
This instructable describes how to build a flaming whip. Its a very simple and rewarding project, but the final project can be dangerous. You will be dealing with a flaming metal chain which gets extremely hot. You would not want to get any part of this accidentally wrapped around your body. Apart from all the danger though its really fun and produces a loud whooosh of fire every time you swing it.
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Step 1: Parts
Really simple parts, all the materials together should cost under 30$
1. Hollow steel tube 18" sturdy enough to be used as a handle
2. 10' double link metal chain like in the picture, thin enough so the links can fit inside the steel tube.
3. 21' of thin kevlar rope (can be bought on e-bay, the size of the rope is determined by the size of the chain links, because you will need to braid the rope through the links)(Because of my impatience in waiting for things to be delivered the photos show me using a cotton rope, I do not advise this because after a few minutes the cotton starts to burn and fall off)
4. 2" long bolt with washer and nut around 3/8" thick
6. Saw, drill with bits, wrench
Step 2: Building the Whip
1. Using a drill bit matching the diameter of the bolt, drill a hole through the top of the hollow steel pipe.
2. Insert the chain into the pipe so the first link is lined up with the hole.
3. Push the bolt through the hole, and tighten the washer and nut onto the other side.
4. Starting from at least a foot up from the handle, braid the kevlar rope through all the links. I folded the rope in half and then taped off the halfway point to the chains and then used the two rope halves to braid through each link, although anyway that gets the chain braided will work.
5. Tie off the ends of the rope to the end of the chain.
6. Roll the handle in your hands so the chain wraps around it.
Step 3: Lighting and Using
Before you start have a bucket of water and an old towel soaked with water near by.With the chain wrapped around the handle, dunk it in a bucket or container of kerosene so it is completely submerged. If you do not fully submerge it parts will be left dry and may burn. After it has been saturated, shake it off until no more droplets fall from the chain.
To light: Hold the handle away from your body or anything that will burn, and using a bbq lighter, light it up.
Once it is ignited quickly unravel it so you do not get burned.
To use: Just wack it around a bit ;) make sure you dont go near anything flammable or anything that you wouldent want to be burned. After a while you should get the hang of it, but always be careful because sometimes it will do something unexpected like snap back towards you.
To extinguish: Place the flaming part of the whip in a small pile on the ground, and quickly put the wet towel over it. If you are done using it, wrap the entire chain around the handle again and dunk it in the bucket of water to cool off the chain links.
To refuel: Remove the wet towel. Make sure there are no smoldering parts left, wrap the chain around the handle by spinning the handle in your hands, and dunk it back in the kerosene. Warning: If there is any part left on fire or smoldering you will be at risk of setting the bucket of kerosene on fire.