How to Make Fireworks

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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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The Blues: Part 1

This article was taken from the FPGA newsletter after a competition they held at a shoot. The competition was who could make the best blue firework star composition. I Really Blue It This Time! By Mark Wilbur My evening shooting...

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Cascading Firework Comet Mortar Rack

Thanks to Geoffrey Kassin for this one. "One summer, during the weekend following 4th Of July, some friends of mine who have a band were scheduled to play a private party. I furnished some flash pots, some small soup-can cremoras...

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

This is the second 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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Copper Chloride Blue Colored Flames

First, remember that copper chloride will corrode most metals. Dissolve enough copper chloride in hot water in a glass or plastic (never metal) container until no more will dissolve (a supersaturated solution). Drop some wood chips, pinecones, hunks of wood,...

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