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

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Iconindustries, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    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...


    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)

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/7975666820/" title="Egg whisk tied to a length of rope by iconindustries, on Flickr"> View attachment 229788 "768" height="576" alt="Egg whisk tied to a length of rope"></a>

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

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/7975666392/" title="Showing the steel wool stuffed into the egg whisk by iconindustries, on Flickr"> View attachment 229789 "768" height="576" alt="Showing the steel wool stuffed into the egg whisk"></a>

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

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/7975666100/" title="The complete Spark Gun unit by iconindustries, on Flickr"> View attachment 229790 "768" height="576" alt="The complete Spark Gun unit"></a>

    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)

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/7975667671/" title="More spark fun by iconindustries, on Flickr"> 7975667671_f34f89752c_b. "768" height="512" alt="More spark fun"></a>

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

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/7975667025/" title="Spark gun result by iconindustries, on Flickr"> 7975667025_7540f18dd9_b. "768" height="512" alt="Spark gun result"></a>
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  2. w00cash666

    w00cash666 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 6, 2012
    Basingstoke, Hampshire
    Łukasz Głowacki
    Love it! I will make my own now. :biggrin:

    Isn't it dangerous at all?

    P.S. Lovin' the 45mm f1.8.
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  3. EP1-GF1

    EP1-GF1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 12, 2011
    "fun toy for kids" - Australia really IS awesome :) 
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  4. Salc64

    Salc64 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 24, 2012
    New York. USA
    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.
  5. Salc64

    Salc64 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 24, 2012
    New York. USA
    How long will it create sparks?
  6. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010

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

    Great photos though!
  7. emirabal

    emirabal Mu-43 Regular

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

    Adubo SithLord Subscribing Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    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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  9. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Is that another of your moms kitchen gadgets?
  10. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    Wow! The steel wool burns?I can't try it where I live, I would start a 2000 acre fire.
  11. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 5, 2012
    Toronto, Ont
    seems fun! :D 
  12. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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

    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.

    8-10 seconds I reckon.

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

    I think they'll be intrigued..

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

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

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

    you bet!
  13. arch stanton

    arch stanton Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2012
    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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  14. dogs100

    dogs100 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2011
    N Devon UK
    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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  15. incabloc

    incabloc Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    :thumbup: Wow! That's awesome ! :2thumbs:
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  16. Firedogg

    Firedogg Have cash, will spend

    Smart thinking 99.

    I did something similar when I was younger too.
    I have a huge lump steel wool hiding somewhere.
    Will have to dig it out.
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  17. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    God help us all when Icon finds a cannister of liquid oxygen.
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  18. arch stanton

    arch stanton Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2012
    He's just finding exciting ways of turning GAS into gas!
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  19. melonbread

    melonbread Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 27, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia.
    I love doing this! We had a go last weekend as well ^_^ - and I can contest that it is quite safe :) 

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/patchesofcolour/7960010382/" title="Fun with Fire 01 by patchesofcolour, on Flickr"> View attachment 230159 "303" height="640" alt="Fun with Fire 01"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/patchesofcolour/7960012826/" title="Fun with Fire 02 by patchesofcolour, on Flickr"> View attachment 230160 "640" height="598" alt="Fun with Fire 02"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/patchesofcolour/7960027046/" title="Fun with Fire 07 by patchesofcolour, on Flickr"> View attachment 230161 "640" height="480" alt="Fun with Fire 07"></a>

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

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    ^ They are awesome mate. Thanks for adding them to the thread aye. What exposure time did you use for those shots?

    Cool idea and angle on the first one!
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