July 2, 2014 by synapticwolf
Flow toy beginners usually want to know one of two things. Either a) where can I buy toys or b) how do I make toys?
Here’s why I have to advocate making your toys ESPECIALLY when you’re just starting out.
First of all, it will give you a greater connection to that which you are attempting to manipulate. And if something doesn’t feel right – or if you are curious about how else it could feel – you will feel empowered to change or remake it.
Second of all, if/when you DO even end up buying toys, having prototyped, tested and modified your own, you’ll have a much better sense of what you want, what’s well done and why something costs what it costs.
That said, in the last five years or so, some prop makers have been really taking it to the next level. Here are some of my faves:
Ninja Pyrate – Creators of skiltter and the most lovely self flowing staves I know. Also, a wide assortment of flaming knives.
Dark Monk – In addition to making top notch dragon staves, these guys are notorious for wrapping wick so that it stays flammable for several hundred burns.
Burning Passion – One of the oldest in the fire-prop game. Boundary-pushing poi, but their fans sorta suck.
Forged Creations – THIS is where to get your fans.
Playing Mantis – Bizarre fire shape came to you in a dream? Contact these guys – they rock the weird.