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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Clark's Giant Steel Fountain presented by John Sagaria. John explains the mystery of this magnificent steel fountain. He has mastered a way to make Clark's Giant Steel Fountain work every time! There are secrets he divulges about making this huge fountain. He starts with making the nozzle of clay, wax, and grog. Next, onto mixing and pressing the steel composition and lastly to fusing. This seminar covers it all. The formula uses potassium nitrate and red gum for its stability, which allows the item to be very safe to make. John lights the fountain at the end of his seminar. Very dramatic! 99 minutes.
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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.
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The crossette effect, or split comet, is a beautiful effect that always pleases the crowd. Veteran, precision shell-maker, Phil Martinez, takes you through crossette star construction, then into the details of making a 5" crossette shell-from shot hole shape to lifting the finished shell. Recorded at the 1996 Summer Fireworks Festival in Weedsport, New York. Includes detailed drawings and specifications. 80 minutes.
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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.
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"I like computers, and I like fireworks" says lead pyro, John Sagaria, in this tour of the complexities of shooting displays with electronic equipment. John's combination of talents shows. He shows how to attach e-matches to shells, visco (including a trick you'll treasure), and cakes. He covers dressing down racks, matching fronts, testing cable, saving money by using clever tricks when wiring and more. He goes deeper and deeper into wiring displays. He shows and discusses apparatus from Delcor, Pyro Magic, Fire One, Pyomate, Magic Fire, and Pyro Pak. 2 hours.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Unarguably the most expertly made and artistic round (ball) shells in the world today are made in Japan. Most of us never see such shells. But for anyone who aspires to making truly excellent ball shells, seeing what they really can be is an absolute necessity. Until you see how well Japanese shells perform, you will probably only be able to produce mediocre quality shells at best. This video, shot in Nagano in November 2002, presents the ultimate in ball shell fireworks, showing perfect timing, shape, color transitions, and creative potential. You will see beautiful layering of shells, mostly mostly 8 inchers, 10's and 12's. Very high quality digital shooting and editing by John Werner. 59 minutes.
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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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In and around Tultepec, near Mexico City, a religious celebration is held, usually in March every year. Part of that event features an array of fireworks, the likes of which is seen nowhere else in North America. thousands of hand fired salute rockets--more volleys of rockets fired in 1 hour than most people will see in a lifetime; Mexican style 8" strobe shells, the best in the world; fantastic, crazy, pyrotechnic bulls run through the streets emitting zillions of stickless rockets which fly everywhere while crazed festival-goers dance and dodge among them; incredible towering daylight castillos with pyro driven mechanical figures, wheels and girondolas; nighttime competition castillos, without a doubt the finest lancework, colors, and effects done anywhere in the world. Ironically, there are very few foreign fireworks enthusiasts in Tultepec every year to see these fabulous displays. Very high quality digital shooting and editing by John Werner. 54 minutes.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Steve LaDuke shows how to make small whistle rockets. Steve is one of the top pryotechnic whistle rocket makers in the world. He shows how to use a sleeve and why; why you should press whistles and never ram them; using hydraulic and arbor presses; determining the optimum pressing force; the size of each increment to be pressed; differences in potassium perchlorates; use of Vaseline; why nozzles are not used; pros and cons of sodium benzoate and sodium salicylate; how the bulkhead affects the rocket tail; spindle sizes and shapes; detailed demo of making the whistle composition. 78 minutes.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Tom Dimock shows a wide range of tools he has built for making fireworks and how they work: a great star rolling machine, a ball mill (made from Lloyd Sponenburgh's design), a hydraulic rocket press, a roman candle press, a crossette star pump, rocket tooling, even priming tools. Then Tom Perigrin shows the production techniques for building a 3/4" fountain. He covers formulation, how to granulate the comp, additives for sparks, how to mix the comp, how to avoid "hot spots", tools to use, how to charge and ram the tube, then fusing and finishing. 68 minutes.
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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.
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US Army pyrotechnic expert, Dr. Joe Domanico, explains pyrotechnic whistles. Using lots of visual aids, he clearly explains the physics and chemistry of whistles. Whistles are a lot more than simply pounding some chemicals into a paper tube. Pressing force is covered in detail, and the best formulas are explained and discussed. Joe tells how to make whistles more entertaining, and includes making Roman candle whistles, step whistles and how to get different effects. 89 minutes.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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Steve LaDukeís seminar at the 1999 PGI convention shows how strobe rockets can be made right and safely. Steve explains up front that these comps are shock sensitive. They canít be pounded; you must use a hydraulic press. Steve discusses ramming force and how to calculate it. He explains the importance of sleeves and how they are made and used. Steve discusses the vital importance of Vaseline (petrolatum) as he shows exactly how a strobe comp is made. Composition formulas, mixing technique (for instance, should strobe mix be ball milled), the importance of thorough mixing, even storage life of the comp--all these are covered in detail. He also goes into magnesium types and processing; cleaning the ram; tips on pressing procedures that would otherwise take you years to learn making end caps; making heading tubes; fastening tubes to the rocket motors. He explains rocket sticks and fastening them; the right and wrong way to fuse these rockets. He demonstrates the whole construction project: from mixing the comp, through pressing a motor, to finishing the rocket. He even discusses colored strobes. Finally he tells how to keep your rocket from blowing up! A long-awaited video by one of pyro rocketryís acknowledged masters. Includes an insert with rocket tooling dimensions, red and white strobe and whistle mix formulations. 90 minutes.
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