f1is008c ~ Firecrackers, Box, Rockets and Roman Candles

Required tools and supplies:

  • X-acto knife and fresh blade
  • A thin metal straight-edge ruler. Make fold lines by pressing against edge of the ruler.
  • Tweezers
  • Cutting mat
  • Detailing scissors
  • Fast-grab, quick-dry white craft glue that dries clear
  • Small piece of aluminum foil to use as a glue pot
  • Small artist's paint brush to apply glue

1. Roll all the fireworks as tightly as possible. The easiest way to accomplish this is to crease about 1/16" along short end. The crease facilitates the rolling action of holding the end between the index finger and thumb. Spin the roll against the length of your thumb. Glue the blank surface to the firecracker and press firmly to hold the roll.

Once all firecrackers have been rolled and glued, separate 1 ply of twine that is included with kit. Place a dot of glue to the center of one of the firecrackers and place the glue point to the center mark of the ply of twine.

2.  Adding firecrackers to the line will be a little like weaving. Turn the string and center firecracker over (after glue has dried). Glue a firecracker to the twine to one side of the first firecracker. Then place another on the other side of the center firecracker. The twine will be positioned over the center firecracker and under the two that are on either side.

3.  Turn the twine and 3 firecrackers over and then add a new firecracker to either end of the group. You can see the over-under-over pattern being created. Use a pair of tweezers to make positioning your firecrackers as easy as possible.

4. Turn over and add two more firecrackers.

5.  Continue this routine until all firecrackers have been used.

6. When the glue is completely dried, take the end of the twine and wind it over-under-over to the opposite side of the twine already in place. Tie the end when you have completed the line and snip the loose ends.

7. To make the box, fold at all junctions and you will start to see the shape take place. There is a small tab at each corner of the box. Paint glue to the red side of each tab and glue to the respective side. Use the tweezers to make a good and straight bond at each corner.
Roman Candle

1.  Cut out all pieces. Crimp about 1/16" of the end of each candle. This will help you to roll the candle.

2.  Practice roll the entire piece.

3. Unroll, and place a piece of cut twine ply into the crimped fold. Glue it into place. This will be the wick.

4. Roll the candle as tight as possible. Paint a line of glue to the blank surface of the roll's end. Press tightly against the roll and hold until you are sure that it won't unwind.

5. Trim the end of the wick, if it is sticking out the bottom of the candle. Repeat these steps for all the other Roman candles.

1. Cut out all pieces. Do not cut the long pieces into short ones.

Crimp the end of one of the long pieces at about 1/16" inch from the end. This will help you to roll the piece in a tight roll. You will repeat all these steps for the second rocket as well.

2.  Roll the long piece into a tight roll.

3.  Paint a little glue along the blank inside surface of the end piece. Finish the roll and press to create a bond with the glue. Hold until you are sure the bond will hold.

4. Center the round disk over the top of the roll and then glue into place.

5. Take the cone top and gauge the size required by your rocket. It will be glued to the top of the round piece that is glued to the top of the roll.

6.  Once you have the correct size, paint glue to the portion that will be overlapped on the cone. Press using a pair of tweezers for a good bond.

7.  Take the red piece and fold in half. Glue blank sides together.

8. Paint glue to the top of the round disk found at the top of the roll.

9. Press the cone to the glue that is on the round disk. Make sure it is as centered and tight as possible.

10. Paint glue to the bottom of the rocket and glue to the center of the red square.


11. Take a short piece of one of the twine plys, about 1/3" and glue it near the base of the rocket to simulate a wick.


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