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What is the subtance surrounding cherry bombs?


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#1 Bing-Bada-BOOM

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 03:58 PM

I was wondering what sort of coating is on cherry bombs. It looks like some kind of saw dust?

Does anybody know what kind of coating manufacturer's use on cherry bombs.

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 04:19 PM

Cherry bomb's are not manufactured anymore, unless done so illegally. The coating on the outside of a traditional cherry bomb is fine sawdust and sodium silicate (waterglass).
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Posted 01 August 2006 - 04:50 AM

And the composition is usually held in a cup set that consists of two pieces of fiberboard or Kraft pressed into a shape sort of like the wrapper around a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Two halves are closed around the composition, then it's dipped in waterglass and rolled in sawdust. The dipping/rolling continues until the final round shape is achieved. I'm not sure how they colored the outside.

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Posted 01 August 2006 - 09:28 AM

It's coloring in the waterglass. Essentially one could just use food coloring or some water based paint. It's just for appearance so not really neccesary.
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Posted 02 August 2006 - 12:46 AM

I say the colour is needed, or it won't resemble a cherry. Authentic looking devices really make me happy.
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Posted 02 August 2006 - 09:02 AM

They certainly are rather aesthetic in its simple foolproof design, though was there an original size? -as i've always imagined them being about the size of a ping pong ball.
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Posted 02 August 2006 - 09:29 AM

I think they used 1" cup sets, but don't hold me to that. When all is said and done, they would indeed be around the size of a ping pong ball if this is the case.
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Posted 02 August 2006 - 03:37 PM

Hmm, well, check out patent number 1,783,999 if you get the chance. I believe that was the original patent for the "Globe Flash Salute," which was later called the cherry bomb. Cherry bombs got their original from the color of the sawdust used, red for the original. Later, and for most whom make them now, simply paint them red.


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Posted 03 August 2006 - 06:58 AM

Well, this will date me, no doubt.

I used to buy Cherry Bombs, M-80's, and Silver Salutes, as a kid.

The real ones, not the shit they sell today and call Cherry Bomb or M-80 or M-160.

Then, of course, the government reared its ugly head and the Nannies made them illegal.

But to answer a previous question:

Cherry Bombs were smaller than a ping-pong ball. And yes, 1" cup sets were used. IIRC, the diameter of a FINISHED one was only 1.25-1.50 inches. You can still buy the exact same cup sets today. Look here:

http://www.skylighte.../mall/plugs.asp

Part number PC1050 is the traditional 1" cup set.
The PC0850 is a 3/4" cup set and could be used too.

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 04:18 AM

try hardware stores for waterglass, bigbang. It is used where concrete is, for waterproofing or something.

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 05:07 AM

just under the size of a pin pong ball and filled 3/4 with flash...
i guess these would probably make the same amount of oise as those old m-80s! Quite impressive little things! though if i were to make them. then it'd be for recreational purposes only-as they're too much effort to make often. if it were to be made be using layers upon layers of sodium silicate then i'd assume it take ages to complete! :blink:
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Posted 29 August 2006 - 12:31 AM

The cherry bomb i saw was made in the fifties, it was at the rollercoaster firework store/museeum in beautiful Battle Mountain, NEV.
and it was a little bigger than a dime and a little taller than a dime standing up. So the pin pong sized cherry bomb is in my opinion "bullshit".

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Posted 29 August 2006 - 01:42 AM

I made half a dozen once. I don't usually make salutes, but cherry bombs had a certain challenge and interesting construction method. I showed them to my father and had him giggling like a school boy. He then went and dropped one in a full bucket of water and a spectacular explosoin resulted. I can see why the old prank of flushing them down toilets became so popular.
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Posted 11 September 2006 - 04:48 PM

As said Cherry Bombs are 3/4" paper cups filled with flash and surrounded with sodium silicate and sawdust. The ones on the UN tutorial ends up being a perfect round 1" ball Cherry Bomb, But on the picture of original salutes that were sold it dont look like a perfect ball. These defenatily would be fun to make as they require more work then other salutes.

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 04:05 PM

i'm new kind of and know nothing about flash so if theres something here about how to make it or buy it or something could you tell me thanks
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Posted 26 March 2007 - 04:28 PM

We don't need to tell you because it's all already on the forum. If you search for it you'll find all the info you need.

By the way, being new to pyrotechnics and asking about flash too quickly is frowned upon. Flash is dangerous stuff and should only be attempted once you have a better handle on pyrotechnics.
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Posted 26 March 2007 - 06:13 PM

ok i mean that i'm not gonna touch it until i can make some bp and stuff and not be stupid about it but thanks anyway
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