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Pyrotechnic Projects: Waterfalls

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This Waterfall is best made with a wire suspended between 2 poles 20 feet high. Each thin paper tube loaded with Waterfall composition, is attached to the wire with its "starter end" pointing down. The tubes are separated by about 1 foot and all ignited at once by a length of Quickmatch. The bright white sparks float all the way to the ground making the traditional waterfall effect. Attached to a stick, a single Waterfall tube also makes an outrageous Sparkler.

Two Types of Waterfalls

Watefall #1

Waterfall #2

Potassium Perchlorate

46 %

46 %

Aluminum, Bright

14 %

23 %

Aluminum, Granular
50-150 mesh

32 %

-

Aluminum, Flitters

-

23 %

Dextrin

8 %

8 %

Burn Time

90 seconds

60 seconds

Comments:

Roll ordinary 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper around a wooden 5/8" diameter dowel to form 8.5" long tubes (secure the end with tape). Moisten the composition until it just sticks together when squeezed. Using the dowel, press in small increments into the tube. Leave a 1/2" space at the top for a starting mix. It is important that the tube burn away with the mixture, so don't pack the composition into thick cardboard tubes, just "roll your own" from sheets of paper as described. For a starting mixture, we use a blend of 75% waterfall mix and 25% Black Powder. Add just a little bit of water to it and press the mixture into the 1/2" space at the top of the waterfall tube. After these tubes dry (several days), hang them upside down from a long wire and light them all at once either electrically or with Quickmatch. The bright white sparks will fall over 20 feet producing a great waterfall effect.