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Pillbox StarsEdit

Pillbox star mixes are faster burning compositions than regular star formulas. This is mainly due to the pillbox star being larger than a regular star and at effect time it burns from both ends which produces a larger flame envelope (visible burning area).Edit

ContentsEdit

Pink and Silver MixEdit

Composition

Potassium perchlorate 68
Strontium carbonate 14
Strontium nitrate 2
Red gum 6
Aluminium (Bright) 4
Aluminium (Flake small) 3
Aluminium (Flake medium to large) 3
Dextrin +2

Method Grind the potassium perchlorate and strontium nitrate in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder until it is a very fine powder (like talcum powder). The same needs to be done to the red gumstrontium carbonate and dextrin if not already in a talcum powder state. Remember, never grind oxidizers and fuels together. Pass all the ingredients several times through a mesh screen to break up any lumps and once you have a homogeneous mix, put it in a small container and moisten with a 25% solution of alcohol.

To do this, mix up a solution of about 75% water and 25% isopropyl alcohol (do not add any more than 25% alcohol). The alcohol makes the water wetter by breaking down the surface tension of the composition and allows the water to be absorbed easier. The drying time of a composition is also reduced as alcohol evaporates faster than water.

Add some of the solution to the composition and mix well. Keep adding until it is damp enough to clump together if you squeezed an amount in your hand. Don't make the mixture too wet or it will make loading the composition impossible. If this happens, just add more dry mix.


Red Electric MixEdit

Composition

Potassium perchlorate 70
Strontium carbonate 12
Red gum 6
Aluminium (Bright) 6
Aluminium (Flitter fine) 3
Charcoal (Airfloat) 3

Method Grind the potassium perchlorate by itself in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder until it is a very fine powder (like talcum powder). The same needs to be done to the red gumstrontium carbonate and charcoal if not already in a talcum powder state. Remember, never grind oxidizers and fuels together. Pass all the ingredients several times through a mesh screen to break up any lumps and once you have a homogeneous mix, put it in a small container and moisten with a 25% solution of alcohol.

To do this, mix up a solution of about 80% water and 20% isopropyl alcohol (do not add any more than 25% alcohol). The alcohol makes the water wetter by breaking down the surface tension of the composition and allows the water to be absorbed easier. The drying time of a composition is also reduced as alcohol evaporates faster than water.

Add some of the solution to the composition and mix well. Keep adding until it is damp enough to clump together if you squeezed an amount in your hand. Don't make the mixture too wet or it will make loading the composition impossible. If this happens, just add more dry mix.

Red Mix (Lancaster)Edit

Composition

Potassium perchlorate 70
Strontium carbonate 15
Red gum 9
Charcoal (150 mesh) 2
Dextrin 4

Method Grind the potassium perchlorate by itself in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder until it is a very fine powder (like talcum powder). The same needs to be done to the strontium carbonatered gum and dextrin if not already in a talcum powder state. Remember, never grind oxidizers and fuels together. Pass all the ingredients several times through a mesh screen to break up any lumps and once you have a homogeneous mix, put it in a small container and moisten with a 25% solution of alcohol.

To do this, mix up a solution of about 75% water and 25% isopropyl alcohol (do not add any more than 25% alcohol). The alcohol makes the water wetter by breaking down the surface tension of the composition and allows the water to be absorbed easier. The drying time of a composition is also reduced as alcohol evaporates faster than water.

Add some of the solution to the composition and mix well. Keep adding until it is damp enough to clump together if you squeezed an amount in your hand. Don't make the mixture too wet or it will make loading the composition impossible. If this happens, just add more dry mix.

Yellow Mix (Lancaster)Edit

Composition

Potassium perchlorate 70
Sodium oxalate 14
Red gum 6
Shellac (80 mesh) 6
Dextrin 4

Method Grind the potassium perchlorate by itself in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder until it is a very fine powder (like talcum powder). The same needs to be done to the red gum and dextrin if not already in a talcum powder state. Remember, never grind oxidizers and fuels together. Pass all the ingredients several times through a mesh screen to break up any lumps and once you have a homogeneous mix, put it in a small container and moisten with a 25% solution of alcohol.

To do this, mix up a solution of about 75% water and 25% isopropyl alcohol (do not add any more than 25% alcohol). The alcohol makes the water wetter by breaking down the surface tension of the composition and allows the water to be absorbed easier. The drying time of a composition is also reduced as alcohol evaporates faster than water.

Add some of the solution to the composition and mix well. Keep adding until it is damp enough to clump together if you squeezed an amount in your hand. Don't make the mixture too wet or it will make loading the composition impossible. If this happens, just add more dry mix.

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