How to Make Fireworks

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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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Ghost Mines and Colored Flames

My experience with liquid fueled colored flame mines started small. A friend of mine, who is a professional storyteller, wanted to create some "atmosphere" at one of his outdoor gigs. He wanted some colored flames in the background to burn...

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How to Make Go Getter Fireworks Shells

"Go Getters" are an animated type of star, usually seen in aerial shells, sometimes in mines. Go Getters appear to "swim" all over the sky. The animated effect is similar to flying fish fuse, but much larger and brighter. Go...

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Using Homemade Gerbs Creatively

Introduction I've made some homemade gerbs, also called fountains, using either a gold glitter composition or a silver titanium one. These fountains create nice effects, either fired one at a time, or in a "front" with the gerbs in a...

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Homemade Fireworks Mine Construction

A mine is a quantity of firework stars, small comets, inserts, etc., which are simply fired up into the air from a mortar tube so that their effect is immediately noticeable as they exit the muzzle of the mine mortar....

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Tiger Willow Shells in 2-1/2 Days, Day 1

This is the first part of a series of 3 articles by PGI Grandmaster Ned Gorski, detailing the production of 8" ball shells in a minimum timeframe, possibly at a 3-day fireworks club event. The original series ran in 2007...

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