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A large-scale participatory art project at the Burning Man Festival.
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The Wheel of Fire Project was conceived by the artist Niacin in 2001 as a volunteer effort to help Burning Man raise the energy level and help get people in and out of the Burn efficiently.
Besides, everyone loves a parade.
Write to email@example.com if you have any helpful comments or want to get involved in the organization of this event.
These are your simple cloth torches, you know, the the kind the villagers use to chase the Frankenstein monster...they are fuelled with solid paraffin wax so you can make them up ahead of time and store them safely.
1. Start with an old piece of cotton terrycloth 12 inches by 12 inches and a broomstick
Fold the terrycloth over the broomstick
and staple it or tack it on securely.
Some people put aluminum foil over the end of the stick to help keep it from burning through.
Now roll it up really, really tightly.
Bind tightly with a couple of pieces of hobby wire.
MEASURE 3/4 cup of pre-melted candle
wax into a big can, tip it and roll the torch around until all the wax
Do not simply saturate the whole torch with wax. Why not? When it burns the wax will heat up and expand, causing flaming hot wax to drip all over you.
Use 3/4 cup exactly and your torch will burn for 20 minutes, long enough to walk to the man.
The final torch is about 2 feet long and a still a little dry along the bottom of the wick. It can be stored indefinitely without dangerous fumes.
Lighting the torch. It takes a minute or two to light from a lighter. It lights much quicker from an open flame like another torch or a fire.
Extinguishing the torch. Once you arrive at the Man put out your torch with a squirt of drinking water. Don't just let it burn itself out or it will smolder and smoke for quite a while. Soon you will be in the middle of a dense crowd and you do not want a burning torch in there.
Leave No Trace. If you make your
torch right, and put it out right it will not be flaky and shed ashes or
wax or anything else onto the desert. SO MAKE IT RIGHT! LEAVE NO TRACE!
Burn up the spent torch in your community Burn Platform.
These designs are provided purely for entertainment value and no guarantees are made as to their safety or effectiveness. Fire can burn things. Keep all fire away from your body and flammable things. Always carry water or a fire extinguisher. Point the torch 45 degrees in front of you, never stand directly under it or let anybody else stand under it. Use at your own risk.
See you there!!!
Niacin, Wheel of Fire Project Coordinator,
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