Well it was the summer, and I don't think there was a drought. I read up on the city fire codes and it does state that you can't even have a fire pit within' the city limits. So I guess i should have researched....but who would think about that!!?? Oh well.
When I go back home to Indiana my family lives on a huge farm, so I can do it there. I just don' t get the practice I need. I should find a friend that has a space indoors....good idea Elise!!
~~GroovinMegzz, I did see pics of your yarn hair and I LOVE it!! You should post how to make those. Very cute, feminine and sexy!!
If you miss your hoop alot and would love to stick it to those silly neighbors try grabbing some inexpensive insurance. Go to the fire dept, or fire prevention services and inquire about getting a permit for your back yard. With that insurance those neighbors can call all they want. And with crossed fingers maybe they'll move away and some new exciting hooper neighbors will move in! I know a few liability insurance web sites if your interested.
Fire hooping keeps you SO warm on cold nights! =) A friend is making me yarn falls and I'm hesitant to use them with my fire hoop. I've singed my dreadies a few times as is. Practice with it unlit first, you'll find that some things don't translate the same i.e. that your hand placements need to be more exact and some moves need to be a little more exaggerated to keep the fire further from your body. And do not inhale when the fire is in front of your face! I learned that the hard way and sacrificed my nose hairs. =) But more than anything HAVE FUN with it. It's a very different experience, or was for me. =)
Wear a hat, I had my hair in a bun and the baby hairs caught on fire. It didn't cause a lot of damage, but in the winter months especially, wetting your hair would suck and wet hair catches on fire too, trust me ive had candles around the bath tub. Yikes. When it comes to looking cool in photos you can later get synthetic hair falls (fake pony tails) that aren't as flammable as real hair. Soak your wicks in one area (I have someone else do this) then spin off the excess fuel (white camp fuel) in another area, and light up somewhere else. Unless you do this yourself and have kerosene on your clothes or skin you should be fine even if the flame hits you for a second, You'll get smudged, not burned. Face your fears. Videotape yourself to see what looks cool. You will add more tricks the more you do it. I soak my wicks for 5-10 minutes. Always have someone standing by with a towel.
OK so I am a little scared of fire so when I started (with poi at first) I was told to spot someone else who lit up didn't matter what they were spinning. THis way you get the effect of the noise because it can really trip you out if you haven't been around it. As for hair I put mine in a pony then braid it and wrap the braid in a bun. This keeps most of shorter hairs in place. I then put a bandana over it. I did find, depending on where the knot of the bandana is you need to tuck the little ends and the tip. I was hooping around my neck and found out I was coming close to the point that was sticking out.
I was also told by a friend that leaving some conditioner in your hair when you wash it will help keep the baby hairs stuck down without using any flammable hair sprays or anything.
As for lighting up I preferred to stay around the waist the first time. Get comfortable with the noise and heat. I also put a piece of white (depending on the hoop color) tape in between the spokes in the middle. This was good while hooping cause I could see the safest place to put my hand until I got more comfortable with grabbing by the spokes.
I tried it! The noise is amazing. I didn't do anything with my hair (dumb move, I know) but I was only waist hooping. I did lift it off my body and back down. (Vortex?) I will make sure to tuck away my crazy hairs if I feel confident to try hooping with fire around my neck. Thanks for your advice. [:
I thought I should mention that HOP recommends not spinning off, because not only does it fling excess fuel everywhere, making it dangerous, it is also not good for the environment. They suggest wearing gloves and gently squeezing excess fuel out of the wicks.
HOP has a decent fire safety dvd that has some good tips-including using code words, what materials you should have, what to wear etc... It's mostly to do with staff and poi, but it can translate to hoop as well.