Pressed Stars, Comets and Color Changing Stars Tutorial

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Tent 3 | Seminar

February 16, 2023, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Presented by: Ben Smith

This seminar will detail the general techniques, hints, and tips of working with star plates, color-changing insert plates, and comet pumps.  Formula, guidelines, and shop safety will all be covered.  Though this class will use the FireSmith line of star plates, color-changing pressed star plates and multi-comet pumps, the basic techniques, and safety guidelines are applicable to just about any pressed star construction method. New this year, the presentation will also cover the production of color-changing pressed stars and color to report pressed stars. 

This class is a mandatory prerequisite for anyone doing the Pressed Star Workshop that follows in the same location for the rest of the day.

Additional Session Information
Beginner Friendly
PPE Required
Age 18+


About Presenters

Ben Smith

Ben started his pyro career at an early age. As a boy, he saved his pennies throughout the year just to be able to visit the fireworks stands during that one great week in July. While in elementary school, he was exposed to the world of rocketry and began constructing sugar and BP rockets. This led to the experimentation and construction of other pyro devices. Ben currently owns and operates FireSmith Pyrotechnic Tooling. Through this enterprise, he has designed and currently manufactures over 150 different tools and machines used to construct a wide variety of pyro devices.

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