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Buy Firework Videos, 6-Inch Ball Shell Construction, How To Construct Mines, Electrically Fired Displays


If you are learning to make fireworks, Skylighter's videos on making fireworks will reduce your learning curve. Watch them and you can learn to the art and craft of making pyrotechnics more quickly and safely. Our fireworks videos are a great way to see first-hand how to make Japanese style fireworks (ball) shells, single and multi-break Italian style (canister) shells, various kinds of rockets, all kinds of fireworks stars, black powder, roman candles, girandolas, and mines. Most of these videos deal with very specific fireworks making projects. So, there is no one video that's right for a new fireworks maker. Shipping weight for each video is 1 pound. More resources on making fireworks.

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Tells you in detail how large caliber shells are made. From laying in first stars to final pasting in, the entire process is demonstrated along with plenty of tips and questions answered by shellmaker Derek Zibell. 83 minutes.
VD0170D - $45.54

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Dave Stoddard demonstrates how round plastic shells are made, from selection of materials, right through to attaching the quickmatch leader. Dave begins with stars, discussing differences and decisions. He shows some tricks for making cut stars, for using willow stars in shells, and how to grind chemicals with a cheap device. Learn how to keep stars from detonating. Primes? He covers differences among H3, whistle mix and their problems. He discusses time fuse, cross match, determining fuse burn time, and making a flameproof seal around the fuse. He shows how to load stars, various effects, layering, making a jig to clamp shells together, and how to snap halves together without spilling the contents. He covers lift cup and finishing, making lift cups, preparing and affixing the leader, finishing, stress relief, and protecting the tip from sparks in the mortar. This video is a perfect companion to Dave Bleserís Round Stars & Shells book (#BK0135). He even tells how to make coated rice hulls, describing both whistle mix hulls and black powder hulls. This step-by-step method shows you the proper way to successfully make plastic ball shells. 81 minutes.
VD0173D - $45.54

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If you've ever hand-rolled your own round stars, you know what a chore it can be. Or maybe you've been put off by all the fuss and bother of hand-rolling. Now see Tom Perigrin and Harry Gilliam demonstrate a star rolling machine that actually makes it all fun and almost fool-proof to learn the art of rolling stars. Turn it on, throw in some cores, spritz a little water, add composition, and watch those stars grow before your eyes. Color changing and special effects stars are as easy as one-color. Tom shows you how you can use the machine as a composition mixer as well. 45 minutes.
VD0001D - $45.54

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Recorded at his seminar at the '94 PGI convention in New Castle, the award-winning shellmaker Jim Widmann shows you all about round shell construction and finishing, including lots of hints and tips and insider information. Jim spends a lot of time explaining and showing inner petal construction, something most just mention in passing. Then, after all this great info, Jim demonstrates the unique machine he invented to automatically apply paper to the ball shells. You'll love it! 53 minutes.
VD0177D - $45.54

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With 20 years in the pyro trenches, Scott Cartwright knows how electric firing works. He describes the basics in this March 2003 presentation. Do you know the difference between a squib and an electric match? Do you know why single-use duplex wire is best? Do you know the different energy sources that can be used to shoot fireworks? Did you know that different electric matches must be used for indoor vs. outdoor shots? There are lots of solid fundamentals: shrouds, sensitivity, clothing, stray currents, shunting, galvanometers, connections, crimps, splices, and more. These are the things you need to know before you tape in your first e-match. 80 minutes.
VD0034D - $45.54

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Infamous (hide your daughters) rocketman, Doc Barr shows how he produces a blue strobe rocket using GE Silicone II at his seminar at the 1999 PGI convention. Doc leads us on a merry tour through safely producing this spectacular rocket. He even shows you how to make Blue Whizzie stars with leftover comp. Doc gives the Silicone II formula, tells about its impact sensitivity and how to ram a rocket with a comp that is impact sensitive. While showing us how to mix a batch of comp, he tells about his lessons learned: the importance of cleaning the spindle each time, how to granulate the comp, and how to make a nozzle for this rocket. Then he describes his technique for adding a garnishment, and the critical way to fuse this unusual rocket. This is NOT a regular black powder rocket. It takes special techniques and special care. 46 minutes.
VD0011D - $45.54

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Once again, Aaron Enzer leads the viewer in an elaborate visit to the complexities of using a computerized system to create a stunning display of fireworks and music. Aaron is a master at mixing music and fireworks, timed precisely to make emotionally moving fireworks displays. You can learn how to pick music for fireworks to create incredible pyromusicals that will blow your audience away. Companion video to VD0031, Electrically Fired Displays and VD0204, How Computer Firing Systems Work.
VD0207D - $45.54

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Tom Rebenklau, two-time PGI Grand Master, and with 20 years of rocket building experience shows his method of producing his exquisite double crossette (split comet) effects in rocket heads, then tells us how he makes the rocket motors and shell effects. Includes drawings and specifications. Recorded at the Weedsport Summer '96 Fireworks Festival. 83 minutes.
VD0015D - $45.54

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Jack Drewes shows you the actual laboratory production of a batch of cut stars, from mixing to ignition. Tells the secrets of making perfect stars with a minimum of toxic exposure to yourself. 45 minutes.

Here's 14 cut star formulas so you can begin making your own cut stars right after watching the video.
VD0025D - $45.54

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Rocketman guru Steve LaDuke developed and shows how to make this extremely short-cored rocket which has incredible thrust. Taped at the 1999 PGI Convention, Steve shows you everything you need to know including equipment needed, formulas, proper mixing techniques, fusing, charging and ramming, mixing different comps for different effects. Includes a one-page insert showing rocket tooling dimensions and composition formulas. 90 minutes.
VD0043D - $45.54

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English Holiday Crackers, or Christmas Crackers, are those neat little pyro items that you may remember finding at parties when you were a kid. Art Tilford shows how easy it is to make these attractive and fun devices. Using toilet paper cores, decorative paper, a little ribbon, cello tape, and (here's the secret) BOOBY TRAP pull novelties, Art patiently explains and demonstrates how to put it all together. Taped at the 1999 PGI convention, Art shows you how to have an easy, fun pyro project that cam be a rewarding experience for your whole family. In Art's second seminar he explains the "indoor fountain", which is not a fountain at all but merely looks like one. Using party poppers and a paper cone, Art and the spectators put together a pull device that makes a nice pop and then the shooter gets to keep the contents. 65 minutes.
VD0046D - $45.54

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Making roman candles: just a simple star mine shooting a single star, and repeated a few times. What could be simpler? Or is it all that simple? Join Mark Mara as he carefully explains how these large bore candles can be made to function flawlessly and produce extraordinary effects, time after time. Mark will show you how to make 1-1/4 inch exhibition Roman candles that shoot glittering crossettes. About half the video is spent in showing how to make the glittering crossette stars. Mark uses a variety of jigs, fixtures, special tools, and devices that he shows in detail. He even shows you how to make a hydraulic press. Why ram comp when you can press it in this easily built hydraulic press? He shows how to use a torque wrench to make consistently pressed stars. There's much more on this tape than can be described here. 60 minutes.
VD0040D - $45.54

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Visit a Chinese firecracker factory. You can see how firecrackers are made today, from the ground up. See how paper firecracker fuse, visco, and quickmatch are all made. Then watch different techniques and machines making firecracker and larger fuses. Watch the fascinating parts where the tubes are bundled into "hexagons," then deftly cut in half with a big firecracker knife. Then see how the tubes are loaded, crimped, fused, strung, and packaged. Bonus footage shows how bamboo is split for making rocket sticks. Filmed, edited, and narratated by John Werner in factories near Liuyang, Hunan, China. Very high quality digital shooting and editing by John Werner. 40 minutes.
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VD0336D - $45.54

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The Maltese make two truly amazing kinds of fireworks. Huge multi-break cylinder shells, up to 5 break, 10 inch diameter, 180 pound shells! And Irdieden, ground display pieces unique to Malta. Youíll see many pictures of the big shells before and during firing; the unique Maltese lift canisters being attached to shells, close-ups of various size salute inserts with unique Maltese side fusing; firing of multi-break daylight noise shells including the multi-toned, sequentially-timed salute rings; firing of multi-break shells at night with great color; and close-ups of Irdieden and firing. Very high quality digital shooting and editing by John Werner. 49 minutes.
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VD0312D - $45.54

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Join Tom Dimock as he takes us on a 2-hour tour and shows how to make this fascinating device. The girandola is one of the most complicated of fireworks, yet one of the most spectacular and rewarding. Learn to construct the drivers. See the materials and methods, frame design and construction, and the very important techniques of fusing, timing, and fuse application. Tom includes a wealth of hints and tips, including a section on making your own charcoal. This is an excellent companion video to Tom's book, The Incomplete Book of Girandolas. 120 minutes.
VD0050D - $45.54

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Aaron Enzer was the choreographer for the finest display I have ever seen at a PGI Convention, the Michigan Pyrotechnic Arts Guild's show at the convention in Fargo, North Dakota in August 2000. Aaron demonstrates the FireOneô system and goes into minute detail about the components for the system, how to connect them, cabling, time codes, an estimate of wiring costs, and much more.
VD0204D - $45.54

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Fireworks professional John Werner shows you how to make mines using five different types of construction: lift-powder bag method, star-bag method, piston method, cup method, disk method, and the standalone tube method. At a seminar given to the Crackerjacks fireworks club in 1998, John demonstrates and then discusses the pros and cons of each method. Later he shows how the various types of construction affect the appearance of a series of mines being fired at night. Finally, he shows how to make fancy multi-effect and layered mines and shows how they look when fired. Includes a reprint of Tom Perigrin's companion article on mine construction. 53 minutes.
VD0060D - $45.54

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This is another winning video on rockets from the master himself, Steve LaDuke. A full one hour and forty minute demonstration of black powder rockets that whistle. See the traditional black powder tail, get the expected snort, but now discover the secret to making them whistle. Steve shows you his special nozzle materials, how to avoid "ram jam", make anti-stick spindles. Learn how to figure stick length and an easy-to-make header tube.
VD0201D - $45.54

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20 year shell-building veteran Dave Datres gives finely detailed explanations of how multi-break shells are assembled. Special emphasis on pasting, stringing, and great fusing tips. 56 minutes.
VD0105D - $45.54

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This seminar by three-times PGI Grand Master Tony Petro is a 52-minute tutorial on how he makes canister shells for his award winning rockets. Tony's rockets with multi-break shells are the some of most amazing and beautiful rockets being made in the US today. Full of tricks and tips only an expert on his level can know. Are you interested in making small salutes? The formula for priming fuse? A trick for loading the shell effect on the rocket? A great formula for breaks? Special jigs, rigs, and tools to help make the job much easier.
VD0111D - $45.54

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PGI Grand Master, Dr. John Vico is one of the US best round shell makers around. John thoroughly discusses paper: which kinds are used for what application; how to read the grain and why; why kraft is so useful; sources for kraft paper; virgin kraft vs. recycled. Strings are covered: mason's string; shoemaker string; tarred; waxed; flax; hemp; making tarred string, etc. Paste and glue: vinyl wallpaper paste; pros and cons of using masking tape; hot melt; Elmer's; spray glue; model airplane glue; epoxy; and using foam. John even describes different shell patterns like Warimono and Poka. 88 minutes.
VD0127D - $45.54

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Learn how round stars are hand-rolled by watching an actual production run. Starts with core selection and ends with testing. Describes tools, equipment, and the process, including how to make color-changing stars. Many fine details are presented by Dave Bleser, the guy who wrote the book on round star making. 70 minutes.
VD0160D - $45.54

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US Army pyrotechnic expert, Dr. Joe Domanico, discusses making smoke to be used in fireworks and how it is done. Hereís how Joe begins: color - visibility - duration - persistence -volume. Those are the characteristics you must learn how to produce and control. Joe tells you all about loading force vs. burn time; burn time vs. fuel/binder ratio; burn time vs. exit orifice diameter; burn time vs. granule size; catalyst effects in burn time. Then: inorganic-based colored smoke mix, red dye based smoke, yellow, green, and violet smoke dyes. Then he goes into a step-by-step procedure for shortening burn time in smoke fireworks. Itís an hour-long video of the stuff you need to mix and make smoke devices, even how to make peanut butter smoke!
VD0157D - $45.54

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See how stars are made by amateurs and in fireworks plants using various methods: hand rolled, machine rolled, pumped, and with star plates. Rolf Halverson discusses techniques and problems in hand rolled stars. At Dakota Pyrotechnics, you will see show commercially produced round stars are made and sized. Jack Drewes demonstrates Skylighter's star plates and small star pumps. John Werner shows how commercially produced "bumped" stars and comets are made using large star plates. There's even a clip of gang-pumped stars made at the Howard & Sons plant in Australia. In each segment, proper techniques are shown and problems and solutions are discussedĖgreat resource for star makers. 90 minutes.
VD0166D - $45.54

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Veteran professional fireworks maker (60+ years), Louis Semenza, entertains us with a demonstration of the traditional way his father taught him to make this complicated triple break shell, complete with a bottom shot. Proper loading, using, stringing, and finishing operations are demonstrated and explained in detail and sprinkled liberally with interesting anecdotes. In addition, Lou also shows how to correctly make a ring shell and throw a circle of stars in a 5 inch, 3-break shell. Finally, he turns the tables and shows us how to make a "quickie" shell. Concludes with a display of Louís work by Ideal Fireworks. A classic by one of the late greats. You can use this video to learn how to make 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6-break shells. 99 minutes.
VD0005D - $45.54

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