How to Make Fireworks

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14 Great Cut Star Fireworks Formulas

A Collection of Star Formulations by K.L and B.J. Kosanke At one time, we were engaged in the commercial manufacture of stars. During that time we assembled (developed, borrowed or modified) a series of star formulations. It was felt that...

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Veline Fireworks Stars Color System

Robert Veline created this fireworks star system and intentionally put it in the public domain. When you look at it, you can see that it uses very similar firework chemical ingredients and proportions for many of the different fireworks star...

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Charcoal Making Secrets

This article on making good homemade charcoal by Ned Gorski is a slightly revised and updated version of one which appeared in the Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI) Bulletin #152 in 2007. Which Wood to Use On the various pyro discussion...

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How to Make Sugar Rockets

Sugar rockets? If you haven't heard of sugar rockets, you're probably not a teenager cruising YouTube. But sugar rockets aren't just for kids. You can also see sugar-fueled rockets at high-power rocketry events where large models are launched thousands of...

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How to Make Thermite

What is Thermite? Thermite is a pyrotechnic composition usually consisting of metal powder and a metal oxide. It is not usually explosive, but it does create extremely high temperatures in a very small area for a short period of time....

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Making Gerbs (Fountains)

Introduction Homemade fountains, called gerbs by pyro-folks-in-the-know, are very versatile devices. They can be used as stand-alone fountains shooting sprays of sparks skyward, as drivers on wheels, as downward spraying tubes in a homemade waterfall, or as line rockets. I'll...

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Make a 4-Ounce Black Powder Rocket

"4-ounce" rockets? What does that mean? How can I make a rocket? Well, if you're interested in the history of the term and some further background information on rockets in general, you can find it in the Introduction to Rockets...

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Quick & Easy Black Powder Ball Mill

Here's Your Next Ball Mill What is a ball mill? What is it used for in fireworks making? From Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_mill, (this article contains an animation of what the contents of a ball mill do during operation): A ball mill,...

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How To Make Senko Hanabi Sparklers

Introduction In the past, I've kiddingly told fellow pyros that, at one time or another, I've made, or at least have tried to make, every kind of fireworks device except for snakes. That was before I heard about Senko Hanabi,...

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Make Black Powder the Easy Way

Introduction At some point fairly early in every pyro career we realize we need to be able to make good black powder (BP) from scratch. BP is used in aerial fireworks shells as lift and burst powder. It is also...

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