Home made fireworks, spark gun. 5 min project, fun for all.

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I'm having a blast with my new Spark shooter. It's fun and easy and I reckon it's a fun toy for kids, teenagers and most likely grown ups as well. Easy as pie to make. All pictures taken with the Em-5.

Here's the inactions...

Ingredients:

Egg whisk
Piece of Rope
Fine Steel wool (the stuff you can get at the hardware shop)

Step 1. Attach the rope onto the whisk (45mm @ 1.8)

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Step 2. Stuff the whisk with steel wool. Fairly tight, you'll get to know how much after a few goes. (45mm @ 1.8)

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Final product. Showing the rope, whisk and steel wool assembly. (45mm @ 4.5)

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To fire it up you can use a gas lighter or stick it into a fire until it catches on. The trick is to spin it as soon as it catches to force the air through it. Air rushing through the fine steel strands fuels the flame and the steel burns red hot. The spinning also serves to distribute the sparks over the nearby area. The results are awesome!

(20mm @1.7 iso 2000)

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(7-14 at 7mm @4.0 iso 2000)

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Lol. My kids can't stay out of trouble with a crayon in their hand, I can obly imagine this. Although I'm still tempted to try this.
 

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emirabal said:
Gonna try this in grand central station. shouldn't be an issue with local mad enforcement. jk. wish I lived in Australia.

Back at our place in Syd, if i did this, lets just say, i wont be able to comment here for a few days.

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Love it! I will make my own now. :biggrin:

Isn't it dangerous at all?

P.S. Lovin' the 45mm f1.8.

Nah not really. If you're worried you can wear a hoodie so you don't sizzle your hair.

"fun toy for kids" - Australia really IS awesome :)

Yep!
Lol. My kids can't stay out of trouble with a crayon in their hand, I can obly imagine this.

Oh, never thought of that. I melted all my crayons on the stove when I was young.. so I couldn't get into much trouble with mine.

How long will it create sparks?

8-10 seconds I reckon.

I'm not sure my 7 yr wouldn't hurt herself by just twirling the whisk on a string...

Great photos though!

Thanks mate. (have the steel wool hidden away until you want to liven things up a bit)

Gonna try this in grand central station. shouldn't be an issue with local mad enforcement. jk. wish I lived in Australia.

I think they'll be intrigued..

Back at our place in Syd, if i did this, lets just say, i wont be able to comment here for a few days.

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We'll miss you but we'll be happy in the fact that you would have enjoyed yourself immensely.

Is that another of your moms kitchen gadgets?

out of the goodness of my heart I bought her a new one...

Wow! The steel wool burns?I can't try it where I live, I would start a 2000 acre fire.

It might be safer to try it indoors. Recommend covering your lenses first.

seems fun! :D


you bet!
 

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We saw 3 guys doing this as a beach show in Thailand - they'd made fire poi using steel wool. Except the poi were the size of footballs!

Awesome up close on the night, wish I'd had my camera with me. The next night we could see their show on the beach from 3 miles away! They were shooting sheets of flame about 40 feet into the air.
 

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So how did the conversation go this time? 'Hey Mum I have this amazing project where I stuff your whisk with steel wool, tie it to a length of your clothes line, set it alight and then twirl it round my head' 'Sounds amazing Son, it's ok for the kids but don't let the grown ups near it ... the whisk is in the top kitchen drawer'

Please can I come and stay ... I love your Mum.

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I love doing this! We had a go last weekend as well ^_^ - and I can contest that it is quite safe :)

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We worked out that with back lighting you can do some fun poses in front of the fire ^_^
 
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