Screen Sliced Red Rubber Stars

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Tent 2 | Demonstration

February 19, 2023, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Presented by: Mike Gerson

Skylighter will be teaching how to make Red Rubber Stars using the screen sliced method. These brilliant red rubber stars can be made from scratch and ready to shoot in 3 hours or less. These Parlon bound stars are made bu wetting with acetone, and pressed through a large mesh screen rendering stars of relative consistent size and shape. You can even test burn these stars before they are dry. No other method for making fireworks stars is this fast. We will also show how to prime these star after they have dried.

Additional Session Information
Beginner Friendly
PPE Required
Age 18+


About Presenters

Mike Gerson

Mike Gerson started his fireworks career as a part time crew member before obtaining his operators’ license about 10 years ago. Since then he has shot shows all over California as a licensed operator. At some point during that time he met a guy named Tommy who invited Mike to build shells at a WPA event called Do-It. Mike was immediately hooked on manufacturing and joined the WPA to build fireworks at every event he could attend. A few years later Mike caught wind of the fact Harry Gilliam of Skylighter was closing up shop and liquidating the inventory. Would all that wonderful free information about projects and all those handy charts and tables be lost forever? Since Mike had not had a real job in about 10 years (and being basically unemployable) it occurred to him that “Maybe I could be the guy to carry the Skylighter torch for Harry.” After a flurry of emails and texts they struck a deal and now it’s Mike’s problem. Since that time he has updated the Skylighter website and restocked the popular kits and chemicals. Regarding the fireworking community in general, Mike is certain that he has found his people and now owning Skylighter he is “living the dream.”

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