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If you want to make fireworks like rockets and fountains, your success rate improves dramatically if you use fireworks tools designed especially for that device. No fireworks maker can do an effective job without the right tools. Skylighter carries a variety of tools for making fireworks and pyrotechnic devices. Check out the rocket tool kits, screens, fountain tools, screens, and rammers. More resources on making fireworks and using pyrotechnic tools. If you need a tool for making fireworks that we don't have, let us know. We may be able to get it for you or direct you to someone who makes it.

Screens
If you are mixing fireworks compositions, or need to screen your fireworks chemicals to a certain particle size, you need a good set of sturdy screens.

Wood Framed ProScreens (square)
Pre-cut 11-3/4 inch squares of screen are very heavy-duty, highest-quality type 304 stainless steel. They come to you mounted in rugged wooden frames ready for use. These are made to our specifications by a local craftsman here in the USA.

These rugged, professionally made screens should last you a lifetime. The 304 stainless steel screening is heavier and thicker than most screens currently sold. This extra strength is necessary to hold up to the heavy weights and pressures put on these screens by serious fireworkers.

They are also almost impervious to the corrosion from oxidizers and metallic chlorides. These chemicals will destroy most other metals very quicky through rust and corrosion.

Take care of your ProScreens by brushing and washing them off after use. Then just air dry them. The pine frames come unfinished. Dimensions are:

Outer: 12-1/4" square x 2-5/8" thick
Inner: 10-1/4" square
Depth: 1-3/4" on one side, 3/4" on the other



Item No. Description Unit Price Qty.
TL2010


11-3/4" x 11-3/4"

One each of the 10, 20, 40, 60, and 100 mesh sizes. Save $28.63 by buying the set.

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$118.67

TL2011


One each of the 10, 20, 40, 60, and 100 mesh size square wood framed screens. Save $11.98 by buying the whole set.

Each stainless steel screen is framed in sturdy unfinished wood. Dimensions:

Outer: 12-1/4" square x 2-5/8" thick
Inner: 10-1/4" square
Depth: 1-3/4" on one side, 3/4" on the other

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$186.62

TL2046


11-3/4" x 11-3/4". Makes 5/8" stars.

.047" Diameter 304 welded stainless steel wire

Instructions for screen slicing stars here.

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ea.
$29.48

TL2047


Sturdy wooden framed stainless steel screen. Makes 5/8" stars. Dimensions:

.047" Diameter 304 welded stainless steel wire

Outer: 12-1/4" square x 2-5/8" thick
Inner: 10-1/4" square
Depth: 1-3/4" on one side, 3/4" on the other

Instructions for screen slicing stars here.

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$39.72

TL2050


11-3/4" x 11-3/4". Makes 1/2" stars.

.047" Diameter 304 welded stainless steel wire

Instructions for screen slicing stars here.

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$29.48

TL2051


Sturdy wooden framed stainless steel screen. Makes 1/2" stars (after priming). Dimensions:

.047" Diameter 304 welded stainless steel wire

Outer: 12-1/4" square x 2-5/8" thick
Inner: 10-1/4" square
Depth: 1-3/4" on one side, 3/4" on the other

Instructions for screen slicing stars here.

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$39.72

TL2048


11-3/4" x 11-3/4". Makes 1/4" stars (3/8" after priming).

.028" Diameter 304 welded stainless steel wire

Instructions for screen slicing stars here.

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$29.48

TL2049


Sturdy wooden framed stainless steel screen. Makes 1/4" stars (3/8" stars after priming). Also used in making black powder.

.028" Diameter 304 welded stainless steel wire

Instructions for screen slicing stars here.

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$39.72

TL2000


11-3/4" x 11-3/4"

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$29.46

TL2001


Sturdy wooden framed stainless steel screen. Dimensions:

Outer: 12-1/4" square x 2-5/8" thick
Inner: 10-1/4" square
Depth: 1-3/4" on one side, 3/4" on the other

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$39.72

TL2002


11-3/4" x 11-3/4"

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ea.
$29.46

TL2003


Sturdy wooden framed stainless steel screen. Dimensions:

Outer: 12-1/4" square x 2-5/8" thick
Inner: 10-1/4" square
Depth: 1-3/4" on one side, 3/4" on the other

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$39.72

TL2004


11-3/4" x 11-3/4"

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$29.46

TL2005


Sturdy wooden framed stainless steel screen. Dimensions:

Outer: 12-1/4" square x 2-5/8" thick
Inner: 10-1/4" square
Depth: 1-3/4" on one side, 3/4" on the other

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$39.72

TL2006


11-3/4" x 11-3/4"

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ea.
$29.46

TL2007


Sturdy wooden framed stainless steel screen. Dimensions:

Outer: 12-1/4" square x 2-5/8" thick
Inner: 10-1/4" square
Depth: 1-3/4" on one side, 3/4" on the other

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$39.72

TL2008


11-3/4" x 11-3/4"

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ea.
$29.46

TL2009


Sturdy wooden framed stainless steel screen. Dimensions:

Outer: 12-1/4" square x 2-5/8" thick
Inner: 10-1/4" square
Depth: 1-3/4" on one side, 3/4" on the other

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$39.72

TL2061


Sturdy 4-mesh wooden framed steel drying screen.

23 gauge galvanized welded steel wire

Dimensions: 24" x 18"

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$37.88


Machines and Scales
Item No. Description Unit Price Qty.
TL5005

This ball mill allows its user to create approximately 4 ounces of high quality black powder in 2-3 hours suitable to any type of firework. The mill comes with two mill jars, but only one can be run at a time.

Ball Mill instructions here.
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ea.

$149.72


TL5006

This belt replaces the one used on our 6 lb. ball mill. It's a good idea to order an extra one when you order the replacement.
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$6.97



Star Pumps
There are 3 common methods for making stars for shells: roll them (spherical stars); cut them (square and random shapes); and pump them (cylindrical shape). One of the most simple ways to make stars is with a star pump. Pumped stars are fast and easy to make, and you can have a consistent shape and size every time. This means your stars will burn for the same length of time and perform consistently in the sky. Learning to use a pump is fast and easy. We have three types of pumps: standard, cavity, and crossette.

Economy Star Pumps These are made of brass for us in China. They differ from Standard Star Pumps primarily in having skinny "handles"--the long end of the pump used to hold on to. They are not fancy at all. The Chinese use very utilitarian tools in their fireworks factories. These are not polished, have no gnurling on the handle, and some of the handles have been ground with a bit of taper on top. You cannot beat the value. We do not always have them in stock.

Standard pumps make a simple cylinder shaped star.

Cavity pumps make a star with a hole in it. The hole can be filled either with a break charge to cause the star to break into pieces or with a different color or effect. For instance you could create a silver cavity star, and later fill the cavity with a green star composition.

Crossette pumps create stars that contain a break charge. The comet rises, then bursts into pieces; ours break into four symmetrical parts. Currently we offer brass crossette pumps made for us in China. They are not as "polished" as some American made pumps, but are well made, serviceable tools.

To use a star pump, retract the plunger till the pin clears the slot, or with the economy pumps, just retract the plunger all way up into the sleeve. Then, press the pump into the damp composition until it is full and simply eject finished star, prime and let dry. It's a good idea to use a sharp edged tool to smooth or the bottom of the star level.
Item No. Description Unit Star Size Price Qty.
TL3111


Star pumps explained here.
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5/8

$35.87

TL3112


Star pumps explained here.
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1/2

$42.72

TL3012


Star pumps explained here.
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1/2

$25.14

TL3114


Star pumps explained here.
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3/4

$46.55

TL3014


Star pumps explained here.
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Set

3/4

$41.94

TL3115


Star pumps explained here.
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7/8

$51.82

TL3015


Star pumps explained here.
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Set

7/8

$44.34

TL3018


Star pumps explained here.
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Set

1

$45.54

TL3120


Star pumps explained here.
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1-1/2

$112.03

TL3122


Star pumps explained here.
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1-3/4

$131.94

TL3124


Star pumps explained here.
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2

$152.14


Stinger Missile Rocket Tools
Whether you are a rocket nut or not, you will probably get a hoot out of Stinger Missiles. Stinger Missile? This is a hot-rod version of the Class-C (1.4G) item called Warhead Launcher, a spin-stabilized rocket. The rocket flies by first spinning (on a nail) rapidly to achieve gyroscopic stability, then takes off vertically. They don’t need sticks or fins. You can make them with headings (a shell, a report, flying fish fuse bursting out, or whatever) or without. Fuel is generally black powder plus some metal for sparks, but can be any rocket fuel. They are easy to make and all you need is some chemicals, the Stinger kit, and some parallel tubes.  Click here for instructions.

These things are the closest to instant gratification you can get. I made about 10 of them in 30 minutes on back of my pickup’s tailgate recently. We currently have them in two sizes, 3/4 inch and 1-inch diameters (called "One Pound" and "Three Pound" rockets, respectively). Shoot ‘em "neat" or jazz ‘em up with spark tails, rising comets, or headings.

Each kit consists of a base and spindle, a hollow rammer, a solid rammer, a drill bit, and a drill guide.  One rammer forms the nozzle from clay and rams the composition around the spindle. The second rammer is used for ramming composition above the nozzle. The drill guide is used to precisely align the side hole off-center in the tube where the rocket is ignited and which causes the spinning. The drill bit we supply makes exactly the right sized hole for our standard 3/32 inch visco fuses (GN1000, GN1001, and GN1004). Use parallel tubes only for these rockets. Since Stinger tubes are shorter than our standard, pre-cut tubes, I suggest you get the longer tubes and cut yer own to size. Stingers can be rammed with a hammer; you do not need a press as long as you stick to black powder based fuels.

Item No. Description Tube ID Use Tube No. Unit Price Qty.
TL1610


Designed to be used with 3/4" ID x 3" long parallel tubes.

Base and spindle machined from 6061 aluminum. Spindle is mounted with allen head screws in bottom and side, to prevent spindle from turning. Base has 2 flat sides machined for solid gripping, and can be easily clamped to your workbench.

One 3.5" long hollow ram with nozzle former, and one 2.25" long solid ram.

Adjustable drill guide (and drill bit) for 1/8" (or smaller) standard visco fuse.

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3/4 inch

TU1060

set

$119.84



Fireworks Shell Building Accessories
If you're making fireworks shells using our plastic components, these are other useful accessories.
Item No. Description Unit Price Qty.
TL4000

This solvent applicator is 1-1/4 ounce, oval shaped, polyethylene squeeze bottle with a 1 inch long, hollow, steel needle and a dust-proof cap that retards evaporation. Reusable.
Fill it with methylene chloride or xylene. Then squirt it into joints between plastic shell parts. Then clamp the shell halves together for at least 1/2 an hour. The solvent will soften the plastic, and create a bond between the two parts as it hardens.
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$9.97


Black Powder Rocket Tools
Each rocket tool kit consists of a knurled base, a spindle, one or more hollow rammers, and a solid rammer. The first hollow rammer forms angled nozzle from clay and is used to ram the first increment of fuel composition around the bottom of the spindle. The second and third hollow rammers are used for ramming composition up to the top of the spindle. The fourth, solid rammer is used to ram the remainder of the fuel above the spindle and the flat clay plug at the top. The base is milled from aluminum stock. The spindle is made from 304 stainless steel which resists galling and erosion from grog, titanium, and other hard materials. All rammers are custom turned to our specifications from 6061 T-6 aluminum round stock, and knurled to make them easier to hold. Use parallel tubes only for these rockets. There are no instructions provided with these rocket tool kits. There are, however, several articles on making black powder rockets in our Newsletter Archive. More information on making black powder rockets .
Item No. Description Tube ID Use Tube No. Unit Price Qty.
MS0150

Bamboo rocket sticks for 1 ounce rocket tubes. These are actually 1/8" x 8" long skewers for cooking.
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N/A TU2015 100 ea. $3.97


TL1204

These rocket tools are made for us to our specifications. The tool set includes an aluminum base, stainless steel spindle, one solid aluminum rammer, and two hollow aluminum rammers. More information can be found on the product page.

4-ounce core burner black powder rocket instructions here.
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Fountain Tooling
Our Fountain Tools are designed to help you make fountains, gerbs, and wheel drivers quickly and consistently. They are machined from aluminum stock and sold as a set. Each set consists of: a round base, a removable spindle/nipple that forms the nozzle, a hollow rammer, and a solid rammer. The hollow rammer has a tapered tip to form the nozzle from clay, which eases gas exhaust and reduces the chances of an explosion. The solid rammer is used to compact the composition above the nipple. Both rammers have been machined down a few thousandths in their midsections which makes it a lot easier to remove them from the their tubes. The base and the rammers are knurled, which also makes it easier for you to remove them from the fountain tubes. The nozzle former nipple thickness is approximately 1/3 of the inside diameter of the fountain casing.
Item No. Description Tube ID Use Tube No. Unit Price Qty.
TL1110

This product is built to work with 7-1/2" long parallel tubes. The product page contains more information about what this tooling set includes.

Here's a project which will show you How to Make Fireworks Fountains/Gerbs including spectacular glitter and silver fountain compositions.

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3/4 inch TU1065 Set $77.84


Mortars & Pestles
These mortar and pestle sets are very reasonably priced, Japanese-made porcelain bowls (mortars) each with a hard, porcelain grinding tool (pestle).  These were made more than 25 years ago.  I doubt if we will be able to get them again in this quality and price, once these are gone.  Excellent for grinding small amounts of chemicals quickly.  Good in your kitchen, too.

Item No. Description Unit Price Qty.
TL2210

60 mm width
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Set $45.54

TL2214

90mm width
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Set $54.34

TL2218

120 mm width
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Set $70.46


Aluminum Rods (Rammers)
Whenever you are making fireworks rockets and fountains, you should do everything you can to prevent accidental ignition. When you are pressing or ramming a pyrotechnic mix into a tube, you want to use a non-sparking rammer. Our rammers are cut from aluminum bar stock. They have flat tops and bottoms. You can use them either with a hammer or a press, hydraulic or arbor. They will outlast wooden or plastic rammers in making rockets and fountains, and can withstand greater pressures.
Item No. Size (inches) Unit Price Qty.
TL1012

ea.

$47.60


TL1006

ea.

$8.16



Whistle & Strobe Rocket Tools

Always press whistle composition (using a hydraulic or other press); never ram (hammer) whistle composition (it can and will explode if rammed). There are no instructions provided with these rocket tool kits. For more information, see the articles on making whistle and strobe rockets. Use only the strongest possible parallel tubes when making whistle and strobe fireworks and rockets.

Simple whistle tool kits are different then whistle rocket tool kits. Simple whistles use shorter spindles than whistle rocket tooling. The devices produced with simple whistle tools are not designed to fly. They are used to make:

* whistles used in rising effects
* shell inserts
* wheel and girandola drivers, or
* standalone sound and light effects (usually like fountains on the ground)

Each whistle rocket tool kit consists of a aluminum base, a spindle, a hollow rammer, and a solid rammer. The hollow rammer forms the nozzle from the whistle composition (no clay or other non-whistle comp nozzle is used in whistle rockets). It is also used when pressing the whistle composition up to the top of the spindle. The solid rammer is used when pressing the remainder of the fuel above the spindle. The spindle is made from 304 stainless steel which resists galling and erosion from grog, titanium, and other hard materials. All rammers are custom turned to our specifications from 6061 T-6 aluminum round stock.

Strobe rocket tool kits are different from straight whistle rockets. The spindle is longer and there are more rammers. The metals used are the same as above.
Item No. Description Tube ID Use Tube No. Unit Price Qty.
TL1311


Our 1 Pound (3/4-Inch) Whistle Rocket tool set includes an aluminum base, stainless steel spindle, solid aluminum rammer, and hollow aluminum rammer. All rammers are knurled to make them easier to extract from the rocket tubes. More information can be found on the product page.

Whistle rocket instructions here.
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3/4 inch TU1066 ea. $112.74

TL1310


Our 2 Pound (7/8-Inch) Whistle Rocket tool set includes an aluminum base, stainless steel spindle, solid aluminum rammer, and hollow aluminum rammer. All rammers are knurled to make them easier to extract from the rocket tubes. More information can be found on the product page.

Whistle rocket instructions here.
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7/8 inch TU1077 ea. $130.74



  
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