Fire Rope Dart Tutorial: Basic Fire Spinning Safety

You’re ready to burn with your rope dart! What do you need to make it happen? Drex here from coming at you
with an entire month devoted to fire safety on my channel. In this video we’re going to talk about
fire safety for rope dart. Before we dive in, of course, I just wanted
to give a shout out to the friends of the channel. Big thanks to Dark Monk, Flowtoys, Lighttoys,
LMF Props, Spinballs, and Ultrapoi for helping to make the videos on this channel possible. You can learn more about all of these amazing
companies and the work they’re doing to support flow artists like yourself by following
the links down in the description of this video. I’ve already done a couple videos on the
basics of fire safety that I’ll link to up in the cards but let’s go ahead and talk
through some of the Cliff’s Notes. First up: let’s talk about all the equipment
you’re going to need to spin that rope dart safely. You’re going to need a fuel depot with a
dipping can and a fire safety spotter. There are a lot of different fuels available
out there, but the most commonly used option in the United States is white gas or camp
fuel. You can find it at most camping stores and
many hardware stores as well. Outside of the States, it’s more common
to find people using paraffin or lamp oil. Either way, keep that fuel in the container
that you bought it in until it’s needed and store it far away from any open flames. If possible, keep it in a metal storage container
and place a no smoking sign on it. To dip your rope dart’s wicks, you’re
going to need a fuel depot with a dip can. The dip can should be a metal container with
a lid that can be easily closed. Good options for this include empty gallon
or quart paint cans. Your dip can should also sit within a secondary
container that is shallow enough to give you easy access to the dip can while also being
large enough to capture any fuel that might drip off your prop as you remove it from the
dip can. Good options here include small plastic basins
or galvanized steel buckets. Once dipped, you need to spin your prop off
to remove any excess fuel. There are two excellent options for doing
this. The first is manually squeezing out the wick
with your hands. If you go down this route, make sure to use
a pair of neoprene gloves to protect your hands–otherwise the fuel will likely irritate
your skin and you may wind up with an unpleasant reaction or worse. The second is to place zip-lock bags with
sliders on the prop’s wicks and to spin the prop as normal. Make sure to tighten up that slider as much
as possible to keep the bag from flying off while you spin. After a few seconds, remove the plastic bags
and drain any fuel they’ve captured back into your dip can. And now you’re almost ready to spin! So let’s talk for a minute about your safety
spotter. A safety spotter is a person whose job it
is to keep watch over you while you’re spinning–to make sure that if any mishaps happen that
there is a person there to assist you and help you avoid injuries. They should have two pieces of equipment with
them: a safety blanket and a fire extinguisher. And that gives me a chance to talk about the
sponsor of this month’s videos, Mayday Atlanta! I’ve had a lot of students learn to spin
fire from me over the years and one of the biggest challenges in assembling the parts
necessary to get started was access to safety blankets. Not only are Mayday Atlanta’s blankets the
best ones you’re going to find out there, they are also easy to order and acquire. To pick one up for yourself, head on over
to and use the promo code “drexfactor” to get a discount on your order. Now back to talking about safety spotters. Your safety spotter should be have their eyes
on you for the entire length of your burn as well as an unobstructed path to you if
anything should go wrong. I’ve done a couple videos now on the responsibilities
a safety spotter has that I’ll link to up in the cards, but here’s the Cliff’s Notes
for now. There are two main tasks that they’re likely
to be needed for: putting out contact fires as well as putting out props. If by chance you light any part of your body
on fire, they should alert you to this by calling out the body part and give you three
seconds to put it out. If for any reason you can’t put out the
fire yourself in those 3 seconds, the safety spotter should approach the performer to put
them out. The performer’s job is to get their props
away from the body part that has been lit on fire. The safety spotter should then hold their
safety blanket against the part of your body that has been lit on fire and sweep down from
the top of the flame to just below the bottom of it. Of course, the other task a safety spotter
is likely to have to engage in is putting out your prop. So let’s go through how that’s done for
a dragon staff. First up, a performer should signal to a safety
spotter that they want to be put out by walking toward the spotter and presenting their rope
dart to be extinguished. The safety spotter should spread out their
safety blanket flat on the ground in front of them so the performer can drop their wick
right in the center of it. Now the safety spotter should fold the blanket
over away from themselves and quickly roll the blanket up with the props in the center. Either leave the rolled up blanket there for
a second or hold it down tightly for five seconds. Do NOT try to pat the blanket to put out the
prop. This will only fan the flames and keep them
going. After five seconds unroll and unfold the blanket
to see what the status of the prop is. If it is extinguished, you can give it back
to the performer. If it is not, repeat this process as many
times as necessary to put the rope dart out. So there you go! That’s basic safety information for spinning
rope dart as well as how you put one out. I would also highly recommend taking the Fire
Safety Certification Course from Flow Arts Institute. It goes much more in depth on all these topics
and many more and is super worth your time. Trust me, you will learn something–I know
I did! I’ll leave a link to that down in the description
of this video. Thanks to Alex Nicoleau, Kyle Rasmussen, James
Small, and Sam Stevens for contributing to the footage in this video. Thanks for watching and be safe out there! Also, please make sure to subscribe and ring
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3 thoughts on “Fire Rope Dart Tutorial: Basic Fire Spinning Safety

  1. Pick up your own Safety Blanket from Mayday Atlanta today by using the code "drexfactor" at checkout when you visit

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  2. I think that especially with fire props that are based on technora like rope dart, it could be valuable to explain how to make sure the splicing is in good shape and the technora is not hardened.
    Same goes for poi puppy hammer etc.
    Also a word about maintaining healthy wicks could be a nice-to-have

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