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Star and Comet Tools

Crossette Star Pumps

Crossette Star Pumps

These stars require a little extra labor to compete, but well worth the labor for the return of such a spectacular show. As they are ejected from the shell, they burn as a common star would, after a few seconds they explode into 4-5 pieces filling the sky with color and light.

The tool is similar to a common star pump. However, the finished star has a cross-shaped cavity, which is loaded with a break charge. This cavity is then closed with a cardboard disc. The end and sides are then covered with a couple turns of Kraft paper. The opposite end is left bare, as it will be ignited by the break charge of the shell. As the star travels through the sky, the star burns toward the break charge, fire spits into the fuse hole (formed by the pump) and into the break charge, which bursts the star into 4 pieces. These stars add a lot of fullness to any shell. The stars can also be shot from mortars. Comes with complete instructions.

Rich developed this modification back in 1976, after seeing too many round crossettes going off in the sky with only half the stars breaking apart. After spending months figuring out all the angles and testing different configurations, he came up with this pump to make sure that when the star opens, it now pops into 4 equal parts.

Shown is a crossette pump with removable pin. It's easier to operate, with the added advantage of being able to change the star length with optional spacer rings.

Download the instruction sheet here (239K pdf file).

ProductSizeStockPrice
Crossette Star Pump¾" 150-34 SOLD OUT
Crossette Star Pump1" 150-1 SOLD OUT
Crossette Star Pump1⅛" 150-118 SOLD OUT
Crossette Star Pump1¼" 150-114 $105.00
Crossette Star Pump1½" 150-112 $129.00
Crossette Star Pump1¾" 150-134 $132.00
Crossette Star Pump2" 150-2 $139.00
Crossette Star Pump2½" 150-212 $249.00
I received the tools today safe and sound and unopened. They are little beauties and can't wait to try them out! If you have any more inquiries from Britain I would be very pleased to relay just how helpful you have been and the high quality of the tools.—Gavin
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