Monday, June 25, 2007

How/Where can you get a kick-ass flaming chalice?

How can you get a flaming chalice that actually is a flaming chalice? Most of the time we have a chalice (sort of) with a candle stuck in it. But the symbol isn't a chalice with a candle in it, it's a chalice with a flame in it.

How can you get a chalice where there is a big flame, not just a candle flame, like the one in the Service of the Living Tradition? What substance can you use to get a three-inch flame? I wouldn't want a chalice as big as the one at the Service of the Living Tradition, but I think the flame should be that big. I've always found the candle a bit pathetic. Well, actually I've got used to it now. But when I started worshipping with Unitarians I thought it could be a bit pathetic.

Maybe it's just the pyromaniac (or the Zoroastrian) in me but I just think a big old flame would be really cool. Any ideas?


Blogger fausto said...

Use an oil lamp rather than a candle.

Or you could get one of these.

4:54 pm  
Blogger Rich said...

You intrigued me so I had a Google around.

This looks very interesting. It's just orange paper that flutters but I can imagine it provides a more impressive flaming feel than a candle.

Or you could use a Bunsen burner, but that's not exactly environmentally friendly!

8:03 pm  
Blogger Enrique said...

Over here Cómo Hacer Un Cáliz de Fuego I have instructions on how to create a flaming chalice of various colors using salts and a liquid source of fuel. It is in Spanish, but you can follow up on the pictures.

The flame doesn't last long, gives fumes that can bother people with copper sensitivities, but is extremely popular with youth.

The flame here is bluish green, but I've also had some success getting red, violet, white, and greenish yellow flames.

If you are interested, drop me a note.

9:33 pm  
Blogger Enrique said...

Oh, bother.

I really meant this link:

Cómo Hacer Un Cáliz de Fuego

9:36 pm  
Blogger Andrewjb said...

Meths is quite good for this kind of thing. Your chalice would have to have enough of a dip in it to hold the liquid but if you measure the right amount out, it would last long enough for liturgical purposes. There are no fumes and the flames are usually bluish with sometimes a tinge of yellow.

4:18 pm  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

I would think that this official UUA flaming chalice logo would make a real kick-ass flaming chalice if you used this flame in it. . .

The Unitarian*Universalist Fellowship of Mordor anyone? ;-)

5:57 am  

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