Sparkle Cage Rope Dart
Ignite the sparks of a campfire in your dart’s flow! Our Sparkle Cage Rope Dart allows you to create epic sparks and light trails all night long. No need to worry about the hassles of fuel, just toss some charcoal in the cage and spin! The steel frame cage provides great durability, with top hole designed to fit any size charcoal tablets.
The Sparkle Cage Rope Dart features a steel cage on a chain with a swivel, followed by a rope and handle. Placement of charcoal hole is on top, and with centrifugal pull during spinning, the charcoal stays in place very well. The cage is cylindrical and has two-layers to provide both proper durability and adequate ember size control. A stronger wire mesh is the skeleton which provides the strength and shape of the cylinder. On the inside we placed a finer steel mesh which only allows small sized ember to float outside. Frame is welded and will withstand hits to ground, but may warp slightly if abused!
To handle the force and momentum of the rope dart, a heavy duty swivel and triple rings are used to build this prop. The cotton cord is durable but not fire resistant, therefore you should be careful not to place it directly into flames. For extra piece of mind, you can slightly wet the cord. Enjoy hand-built, well refined craftmanship with this spectacular prop. Get ready to light up the night with a set of Sparkle Cage Rope Dart!
Action shots feature the Sparkle Cage Poi which has identical charcoal cage. See video of Sparkle Cage Poi (same cage design) in video tab above!
Sparkle Cage Rope Dart Specifications
- Cage Size (L x W): 5.5″ x 3.5″ (14 cm x 9 cm)
- Tether Length: ~ 8.5 ft (265 cm)
- Central Rope: 3/8″ (10 mm) Cotton Rope
- Chain: 14″ (35 cm) Heavy Duty Twistlink Chain
When preparing for your charcoal act, you need to follow a few steps of preparation. First, you need to prep the charcoal so it is ready in even small pieces. Spill the charcoal into an old rug and sort the parts that are not carbonized (still feel like wood) – do not use these pieces. Close the rug and hit the charcoal with a hammer through the rug, so that the bigger pieces break apart into small pieces.
We recommend you experiment to find your ideal charcoal size, or mix of sizes. If you use smaller bits, the surface will increase resulting in a stronger but shorter effect. You cannot use the charcoal dust and pieces so small they immediately fall through the steel web.
After filling the charcoal into the cage, some people use lighter fluid to light it up! Others hold the cage above a flame for 15-30 minutes – we recommend this method if you want a stronger effect.
Fire Safety Tips
Since charcoal rope darts are more dangerous, we have a few highly recommended safety precautions:
- Clothing. Wear head-to-toe protection clothing. The first source of danger is the randomly floating ember, the second danger source is the burning hot metal cage. Cotton or other natural fiber clothing is preferable to synthetic materials. No free skin is ideal. You need closed shoes, and your pants should be tucked into the socks. Alternatively, you can wear two layers of pants and only tuck in the base layer. The important point is that your clothing leaves no openings for burning charcoal to fly into your clothing and get stuck next to your skin.
- As a top we recommend a thick sweater with a hoodie. It’s best to wear a shirt underneath, which is tucked into the pants.
- We recommend you protect your eyes using transparent safety goggles.
- We recommend you wear Kevlar Sleeves.
- Safety distance – Keep a distance of 25-30 ft in all directions! If you cannot make sure that all of your audience is behind this line, do not light your Sparkle Cage Rope Dart!
- Even moderate levels of wind make the Sparkle Cage Rope Dart unpredictable. Once in the air, you have no way of controlling where the ember flies!
- When playing open air, dry grass or other dry plants are a source of risk. Do not light your charcoal rope dart when there are dry plants nearby!
- Always double-check the state of your charcoal rope dart before use! This is of course important for all kinds of fire equipment, but it’s even more important for Sparkle Cage Rope Dart. Make sure that the lid of the cage closes properly.
- Sacred Flow Art does not assume any type of responsibility for damage or injury resulting from improper or irresponsible use!
Before you begin practicing fire spinning please be prepared and confident. Please review the Home of Poi Fire Safety Guidelines for detailed information on fuels, safety procedures and basic first aid for burns.
Spinning fire in public spaces can be dangerous, and you are responsible for any and all damage to property and injury to yourself and others. The North American Fire Arts Association has resources for fire artists including safety, insurance and guidelines for obtaining fire permits.