In pyrotechnics, some of the most common color effect stars are red stars. They're a classic favorite of those wishing for a powerful color that can be used in almost every device. Organically fuelled stars tend to burn with a flame where as metallic fuelled stars will burn much brighter then the organically fuelled ones.
If a binder other than Parlon is desired, 5% can be added without significant degradation of flame
Grind all chemicals as fine as possible except for the metal. The oxidizers should be ground down separately from the fuel. This can be done using a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle. Screen the chemicals together by passing the mixture several times through a meshscreen. If the composition contains dextrin, its function is to act as adhesive and bind the composition together, eventually hardening it into a solid mass once it is dry.