Instead to start to make rounded stars with small hunting pellets (with all the well-knowned troubles), I decided to try another way:
to make first the cyl stars with a star plate, and then put them in a star roller.
This save me a lot of time, about 2/3 of the time needed.
But I refined another procedure. There are two methods to flour the powder over a rolling stars: the dry powder and the Toro method.
Well, I saved some slightly wetted mix from the star plate procedure and I tried to flour as is over the rolling semi-cylindrical shaped stars.
So the full procedure is:
1. Slightly wet the mix and make a homogeneous compound;
2. Press the cyl stars;
3. Put the cyl stars inside the star roller and start it;
4. Spray the needed mix over the rolling stars to wet them enough;
5. Wait the needed time because the cyl shaped stars become semi-rounded stars;
6. Start to flour over the rolling stars the slighly wetted mix. Only little batches at a time. Doing so the resulting stars will be more homogeneous.
Doing this procedure it is needed very few sprayed water;
7. When the desidered diameter will be reached, remove the stars from the star roller at put it in ventilated open space for drying.
This procedure has a lot of advantages:
1. It drastically reduce the time to make the stars;
2. It avoid the use of lead hunting pellets;
3. There will be little diameter difference between the stars (usually, when the hunting pellets method is used, there can be big differences in diameter);
4. It need less water compared to the traditional method (less water= less issues about oxydization of metals and chain reactions);
5. It can be made indoor (the powder is wetted, so there is no danger that fly away);
6. Dust mask is no needed anymore.
Here is a shot of the Jason's Golden Glitters stars ready to be dried:
Suggestions and criticism well accepted
Edited by MinamotoKobayashi, 02 December 2018 - 08:34 PM.