Learn how to make sparks with steel wool wire and a battery in simple steps. You will need thin steel wool, string wire, a battery with two terminals on top and scissors . First measure a meter of string wire and cut it out using the scissors. Now wrap the string wire around the steel wool exactly in the middle. Rub the battery terminals on the wool to check whether it sparks. Now get outside in a safe place and ignite the steel wool by rubbing the battery. Spin the steel wool by holding the string wire to get an amazing look.