How to Make Fireworks

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How To Convert Pyrotechnic Formulas

Quite often, pyrotechnic formulas, especially older ones, do not have the ingredients listed as a percentage of the total pyrotechnic formula, only as parts per total weight of the mix. An example of this would be the saxon pyrotechnic formula...

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Plasma Cutter Torch Fountain

Introduction If that title doesn't grab your attention, maybe this video will: Plasma Cutter Torch Fountain in Action This 1/2-inch-ID, brilliant-red torch is a variety of fireworks fountain. A fireworks fountain is also called a "gerb" (pronounced like "gerbil" without...

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A Rocket Press for Small Tubes

Introduction Hand ramming small devices such as black-powder fountains and rocket motors is a great way to get started making fireworks. But as you advance you will find that consolidating pyrotechnic compositions by hand ramming will only get you so...

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15 Foot Crackling Dragon Eggs Mine

For reasons beyond my comprehension, people are forever calling up here and asking about making their own Chinese cakes. (A "cake" is a multi-tube repeating shot firework that shoots stuff up into the air.) I patiently explain to them that...

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How to Attach Electric Matches to Visco Fuse

About this time of year we get lots of questions about attaching electric matches to consumer fireworks. That's because more and more people are using electrical firing systems to fire their 4th of July consumer fireworks shows, even at home....

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How to Roll Better Round Fireworks Stars

This is another wonderful jewel, which I lifted right out of the Pyrotechnic Mailing List. John Vico wrote it and graciously gave us permission to reprint it here. If you're just learning to make fireworks, and/or you're new to rolling...

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Making 1.75-Inch Bag & Piston Mines

Introduction In its simplest form, a fireworks mine is a device which shoots a spray of stars skyward from ground level. This dramatic low-level effect, complementing and contrasting with high aerial shells, can lend welcome variety to any fireworks display....

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