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#1 50AE

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 10:33 AM

I decided to make videos that show how I make my 3" ball shells. I don't want to overrate my videos, but I've seen many crap tutorials on youtube. And because my shells have always broken symmetrically without errors, I thought it could be helpful to make my own tutorial. You will see that the techniques applied in the video aren't something special, I have learned them from books, articles and people.

Note that I have part 4 video to make, I will inform you when it will be published.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4



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#2 TheSidewinder

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 02:09 AM

I merged the followup post for ya.

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#3 jwitt

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 03:26 PM

Very nice tutorial! Thanks for making it!

Since I am preparing to make 3" shells, I counted the strips of 30 pound kraft paper you used- about 30 strips per turn.

By my calculations, one shell takes about 37.5 feet of 3/4 inch strips (should be about the same for tape)

This means that a 500 foot roll of gummed tape should be enough to put 10 layers of paper (5 turns of "3 strip method") on 12 shells, with a bit left over.

Maybe this information would be helpful for others who need to know how much material to buy.

Edited by jwitt, 14 April 2010 - 12:01 PM.


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Posted 15 June 2010 - 01:47 AM

Man, that is the best ball shell video tutorial I have ever seen! Very proffessional, clean, and traditional! It's sad that part 1 has only been viewed 500 times, it deserves alot more... Lots of crappy tutorials get hundreds of thousands of hits Posted Image



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Posted 22 July 2010 - 09:15 PM

Lost me with the music, maybe I'll come back and try it again later and turn the sound off

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 04:21 AM

I agree very good one Mr 50AE. Thank you a lot from all the newbee around for making this. This tuto really gonna help me. The things are very clearly explain great job.

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 10:02 AM

Good job, I made it through it today

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 11:26 PM

Great job man. I refer to this tutorial all the time. I get in and out of the hobby because of school, and this always brings me back up to speed! Thanks!
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 11:37 PM

I must have either missed this the first time around or forgot about it. Really good job. Knowing a little about video tutorials myself I can imagine what a pain in the arse it must have been to make. Even so, no corners cut. You can see everything you need to in great detail. Very nice.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 02:28 AM

Somehow like NHL I missed this tut and boy would it have come in handy for NYE. I got about 60% success rate using my convoluted method. Thanks 50, pretty sure I know what I did wrong. We will see.
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:55 AM

You must be a big fan of joe satriani...

#12 50AE

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 03:05 PM

While I like his work, my music repertoire is huge and it gets bigger with time. I have many favorite bands, singers and compositors so I'm not really a "fan", just trying to choose a suitable music for my taste.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:06 AM

I sort of got tired of Joe Satriani after a while because while he's an excellent guitarist, the music does feel cheesy at times, feels like commercial music sometimes (he seems to have done that sort of work for a while)

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:47 PM

Very nice tutorial, I´ll definately bookmark this one!

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:57 PM

Nice. Just got through the first video. Would you recommend this to a raw newbie?

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:32 AM

Maybe not to a very raw one, but to one who has a bit of basic knowledge about compositions, chemistry, safety and how fireworks work in general.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 03:09 PM

Make sure you have a good shoot site. One that is large enough that a missfire isn't going to hurt anyone.

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 09:48 PM

Very Nice. Thanks, this answers some questions.



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Posted 14 March 2016 - 02:20 PM

This is an amazing tutorial! I wish more tutorials on YouTube were like this. I will be attempting to make a ball shell using this method, I have pretty high hopes right now. Anyway, thanks for making this awesome tutorial!

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 03:42 PM

Part 1-3 I followed. Part 4 .. Irritated me that I watched first 3 only to find my time wasted.
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