Fire Dance Costumes

topic posted Sat, June 6, 2009 - 11:40 AM by  GonzaBee
Hello All,

I've been having a hard time finding costumes that are made out of fire dance safe material. It seems the only real safe choices for clothing are quite boring.

Is there anyone out there who makes flashy, sexy costumes out of cotton/hemp? Any suggestions for adding sparkle to a fire dance costume? Maybe some sort of metallic material? Any website, brand, etsy that you have seen such items?

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  • Re: Fire Dance Costumes

    Sat, June 6, 2009 - 12:58 PM
    The real problem is that the only times you want to be wearing the same kind of thing as someone else is when they are in the same troupes. Performers on either coast try not to look the same as each other. This makes it very hard to come up with a "line" of products. And even when you do, it appeals to only the smallest of audiences:

    So, often people just find someone who can sew to do short, custom runs for them.
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      Re: Fire Dance Costumes

      Sat, June 6, 2009 - 1:46 PM
      I would suggest whipping up some sexies of your own. I've been using thin suede that I'm going to color in vegetable dye.

      Word to not looking the same as everyone else.
      • Re: Fire Dance Costumes

        Mon, June 8, 2009 - 9:21 AM
        the problem with sparkly, metallic looking materials is that they're all flammable typically. if you want to be colorful, try silk. i feel like silk comes in flashier colors and it has a kind of slight natural sheen to it.

        other than that i have a few ideas about using some burny sparkley things on top of thick safe material. it's not a perfect solution of course, and there is the risk of those accents melting onto the cloth, but i figure that in that situation, someone would be able to put out the burny sequins before the melty plastic could get to my skin. any sparkley accent would be placed on the fabric with that in mind. no sequins touching skin. of course that's not really a wonderful option, sacrificing safety for sparkle. so it remains to be tested, and as i'm not a paid fire performer, for now i'm content to wear what's safe, even if it's a little more drab than i typically want
        • Re: Fire Dance Costumes

          Tue, June 9, 2009 - 10:54 AM
          There are quite a number of metallic looking paints that work well with leather. ANd leather is probably the most durable and fiire resistant material to work with. And you can buy a leather outfit and have it custom painted to your our personal style, resulting in a unique and powerful look. And as for custom or off the shelf looks, you can buy leather goods in either category in pretty much any town in the US. The all you need to do is find a decent artist and commission them to paint your outfit.
          • Re: Fire Dance Costumes

            Tue, June 9, 2009 - 1:07 PM
            even tho leather IS the most fire resistant material, it's really not my cup of tea, but you've defintily inspired me! i've been planning a black outfit (so original :P) that i was going to make out of cotton twill (like black denim if you can picture that?) but as far as giving it some accent of color and shine. paint! brilliant! ^__^
            • Re: Fire Dance Costumes

              Tue, June 9, 2009 - 3:25 PM
              Just remember that leather does not make you fireproof. You can get wicks caught under the leather and the skin itself can absorb quite a bit of fuel, just like most cloth. Plus, make sure you know the flammability of the paint you're using. Test it by painting a rock or something then throwing freshly soaked and lit wicks at it.
            • Re: Fire Dance Costumes

              Sat, August 14, 2010 - 9:00 AM
              Have you considered duvatine?
              it's a fabric used a lot in photography I guess.
              But my conclave crew uses it also for a dry smothering cloth for large or small fires with fuel
              I hope that helps although you prob. have it covered by now
              • Re: Fire Dance Costumes

                Sat, August 14, 2010 - 10:59 AM
                Duvy is nice, but it's also only "flame treated". The treatment washes off in the laundry, and sometimes with fuel or rain. After that you must re-treat it or it's just plain felted cotton linen. So unless you are specifically looking for the fuzzy, you're probably better served by a lightweight denim.
  • Re: Fire Dance Costumes

    Mon, January 2, 2012 - 2:30 PM
    I custom make all types of outfits for fire spinners. All are fire retardent and safe as well as flashing. These outfits are all made to make the wearing and dancing with fire look exciting. I have been dancing with fire for 20 plus years and never have I caught on fire with these outfits. To learn more drop me a line for your custom needs

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