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#88846 Some photos of bits I made for bonfire night 2017

Posted by Mortartube on 28 February 2018 - 01:38 PM

Tree of gerbs




Double Saxon




Blankley Silver fountain - Test



Forgive the long intro and short duration of the fountain as it was only a test. I did make a longer burning version. It's a good fountain.

#87825 Boiled linseed oil and oiled stars

Posted by Mortartube on 21 December 2016 - 08:32 PM

I popped into Wilko today (Burgess Hill, West Sussex) and bought some boiled linseed oil which scanned at £1.25 for 500ml instead of the displayed price of £3.50.  don't know if this is nationwide, but if it is, you might want to try Oiled Stars from Kentish. I have never made them, but I know someone who has, who said they are a beautiful and unique effect. So if you fancy giving it a go whilst it's cheap, here's the formula.



Number                           1   2   3
Charcoal                          9   6   2
Sulphur                            9   5   2
Nitre                               32  18  9
Meal powder                  24  12  5
Sulphuret of Antimony   16      4
To 1 ounce add twenty-four drops of boiled linseed oil: rub them thoroughly together in a mortar; then spread out the mixture, for a few days, to dry. When dry, mix with starch, dextrine solution, or gum water, and chop into 3⁄8 or 1⁄2 inch cubical blocks.

#87772 Possibly an easy and quick way to roll match pipe.

Posted by Mortartube on 29 November 2016 - 06:45 PM

I was watching this video that is totally unrelated to pyro. Go to 3.50 to see what may be a match pipe rollers dream method. 



#87699 Composition for this type of fountain

Posted by Mortartube on 31 October 2016 - 05:07 PM

I think it's fairly large mesh MgAl. I have made a similar effect with about 60 mesh.

#85819 AP oxidised gerbs and lance Formula

Posted by Mortartube on 04 August 2015 - 12:44 PM

]I can't recall where I got this from but it may be helpful. 



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#82098 How to make nitrocellulose powder?

Posted by Mortartube on 12 May 2014 - 09:20 AM

Even if he doesn't know what it is used for, he could at least give it a shot. :)

#78295 New Training Regs

Posted by Mortartube on 11 November 2012 - 06:23 PM

Much depends upon who trains others in the industry. I recall working on a display with a BPA member company. Some of the things that the director insisted upon were part of the BPA training. There were very good safety reasons for NOT following their practice in some cases. In other words, just because someone has been in the industry for a while or is the member of an organistaon. It doesn't always make them the best or safest choice to train others.
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#78238 My Firework Display 2012

Posted by Mortartube on 07 November 2012 - 05:56 PM

Great stuff. It's not until you have actually made stuff that you can appreciate the huge amount of work that you put into that.

#77713 Firecracker making

Posted by Mortartube on 13 September 2012 - 11:25 PM

My God that guy filling the crackers @5 min 25 secs has balls of steel!

I hope not, they might make a spark. :0)