Last week I tried something new; Steel Wool Painting
To get the image above, I placed my camera on a tripod, and used the images pictured below.
That’s right: a 9V battery, some rope, a whisk and steel wool purchased at the hardware store (grade 00 or 000).
So how does it work? You tie the rope to the handle of the whisk. Then you fill the whisk with the steel wool. Here comes the fun part – When you touch the +/- of the battery to the steel wool it starts to spark. Then you start spinning like crazy, the sparks get bigger and you start to create a ring of fire (maybe this is what Johnny Cash was singing about).
I only had about 4 attempts on this occasion and the top of the whisk was melted, this stuff gets extremely hot. Make sure you are in a suitable location, preferably where the ground is moist or even wet. We performed this on the beach, quite close to the water. I would also advise to wear a hat or at least a hoodie, if one of these sparks lands on your head it could set fire to your hair. And finally make sure that everyone in the vicinity is standing at a safe distance about 20m away.