I'm wondering if it would be cheaper for me to buy the materials to make my own quick wicks than to spend 100-200 dollars on pre-made ones (I need 6). I have little to go on to figure out how to do this though. I've come up with (with the help of friends) needs for hose clamps, braided steel, kevlar, and something to make the kevlar stay put (the ones I've seen look like there are washer-like pieces on either side of the kevlar that's wrapped around the steel, with a small wire holding it down, like a belt)...anyway, does anyone have any information or feedback they can give me on this subject? Please and thanks!!!
Well, attaching the wire to the hose clamp will require a welder. That's gonna run a little more than they're worth if you don't have one handy.
to be more detailed you need a tig weld which takes lot of exsperince to use. The best you can do is have a tig welder do it for you, but you will have to pay him by the hour which is not cheap. I'd save making them to the inventors of the quick wick.
I make reasonable priced fire hoops and I also can make the wicks de-attachable, message me if your interested.
When dealing with fire equipment, no matter the cost, I recommend buying the gear from a professional as opposed to making it yourself. You can't put a price on safety.
Thanks guys! I've done loads of research and invested a lot of time in it and have come to the conclusion it would be well worth the investment of buying one...NOW the question is...where?
The first fire hoop I used I made by myself, and though it was a fun experiment, I definitely did not produce the same quality as professional hoops (though it did legit only cost me about $15). I was a little clutsy with it and didn't use flex spines, so I ended up breaking the spines off around 4 performances in :)
Now I have a fire hoop from Harmonic Hoops.
Its super light polypro with 5 spines (though she sells ones with 6 too)
Here's the page for the one that I bought: http://www.harmonichoops.com/collections/fire-hoops/products/ultra-...
Then there is the beautiful Martika who posted above :) I would trust anything she sells :)
There is also bearclaw manufacturing, who also posted above. I've never bought a fire hoop from them, but they are very reasonably priced: http://www.bearclawmanufacturing.com/catalog/fire-hoops-c-35.html
From the pictures, it looks like they use a different method for creating the wick than Harmonic Hoops (or the one you described earlier).
And Trick Concepts: http://www.trickconcepts.com/Heavy-Fire-Hoop-P24.aspx
But I don't have any experience with them as well.
There are a bunch of people on etsy that make fire hoops.
Also, if you are still interested in making your own (not quick wicks though), here are sites that might be of interest:
Aw man, thanks SO MUCH! This was really helpful :) Now I just have to figure out which is best for me and start burning!
This is where I got mine. I LOVE them!! They are soooo easy to work with. And being able to transfer them to other hoops or use how ever many you want makes for many different allusions. I definitely reccomend these!
I got mine from Synergy as well and love love love my quick wicks :)
That's how I feel. When I bought my first fire hoop, I went for quality and reputation as opposed to price. I figured that a quality fire hoop was cheaper than a trip to the ER.
I'm also planning self made quick wicks :) It has been a months process already. I have been trying different strength wires ropes but I haven't found aircraft wire cable in Finland. I read somewhere that it would be good because it is enough flexible and still rigid. Aaaand at least here in Finland all the thicker wire cables in hardware stores have string inside them - a string to make a wire cable more durable but a string that BURNS! So, not good for our purposes :)
I also tried to braid three thinner wire cables together to get the perfect flexible/rigidness but it didn't work. The braid wasn't tight enough because it was made by hand. I can't find industrially braided steel cable either - it would maybe be perfect?
So, now I have decided to try using simply threaded rod (yes, I had to give up the flexible spines -dream) AND learn how to weld :D I'm gonna try welding the threaded rods to hose clamps. I'm gonna make five spines. I will let you know how this turns out :) here are pictures of threaded rod and nuts and washers that I'm planning to use:Hope this helps someone to proceed in making own quick wicks :) let's share our trials and errors!
There they are! I'm so proud and happy :) My friend helped me with welding but all the other stuff I did myself. Cutting the threaded rod (lenght 13,5 cm/spine) was the most exhausting part physically. And drilling through the kevlar was also a bit hard. I watered the ready kevlar heads lightly and put them in the freezer. It was easier to drill through them when they were hard.
I have to use tape to make them stick to the hoop perfectly but I'm very happy that I can move them from hoop to hoop if I want.