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    I am planning on making a board of some novelty type items and some other small items. Would crackling fuse such as this http://www.onlinefireworks.com/18inchcracklingfuse.aspx be OK or should I use this http://www.onlinefireworks.com/300mm...fuserolls.aspx ??? Also what is the best tape to use when fusing. Sorry for the newb questions but this is how one learns!
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    I like scotch brand electrical tape for fusing.

    As long as you connect the fuses properly, any of the options you listed should work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fe Maiden View Post
    I am planning on making a board of some novelty type items and some other small items. Would crackling fuse such as this http://www.onlinefireworks.com/18inchcracklingfuse.aspx be OK or should I use this http://www.onlinefireworks.com/300mm...fuserolls.aspx ??? Also what is the best tape to use when fusing. Sorry for the newb questions but this is how one learns!
    Foil HVAC tape is what I like the best. Try to find the one with the white sticky side. The clear adhesive loses its effectiveness slightly if exposed to over 100 degree temps for a long period of time.

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    1. Buy fuse from pyrocreations or cannonfuse or pyrodirect, online fireworks is a rip-off!
    2. Use the good foil tape that peeplwtchr recommended, $6-$7 at walmart, and tape about an inch worth of contact.
    3. If using zip ties use 2 spaced about one inch apart, the metal foil tape works better for me than zip ties, and I used to swear by zip ties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NW Fireworks Lover View Post
    2. Use the good foil tape that peeplwtchr recommended, $6-$7 at walmart, and tape about an inch worth of contact.
    Problem is.....some of the items have rather short fuses.....don't think I can get a whole inch of contact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fe Maiden View Post
    Problem is.....some of the items have rather short fuses.....don't think I can get a whole inch of contact.
    Even a half inch totally incased in the foil tape is more than enough
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyHigh View Post
    You should be using TWO zip-ties per item. One to connect the fuse another to hold the tip of the item fuse to the main fuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeca View Post
    You should be using TWO zip-ties per item. One to connect the fuse another to hold the tip of the item fuse to the main fuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NW Fireworks Lover View Post
    Even a half inch totally incased in the foil tape is more than enough
    OK...thanks...I can make that happen.
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    The foil tape works best for me because the metal has a built in "oven" effect, trapping all the fire. Had 100% passfire this 4th using that tape for the first time, and it was faster for me with less fuss than zip ties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NW Fireworks Lover View Post
    The foil tape works best for me because the metal has a built in "oven" effect, trapping all the fire. Had 100% passfire this 4th using that tape for the first time, and it was faster for me with less fuss than zip ties.
    Yep-tried them all, Foil Tape is by far the best.

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    I usually use two on shells but i wouldn't use two on fountains or cones, the pic was made for him as he said his fuses are short and he did not know how to use the ties. Tape hides what's going on underneath, i like seeing what's going on.

    On Labor day i ran out of time and had to get it done, so i used 1 zip per shell and had 100% pass fire using 1 tie on 45 shells? Will i use 2 next time? Yes, if the fuse is long enough.
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    You can always extend the fuses on items too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyHigh View Post
    I usually use two on shells but i wouldn't use two on fountains or cones, the pic was made for him as he said his fuses are short and he did not know how to use the ties. Tape hides what's going on underneath, i like seeing what's going on.

    On Labor day i ran out of time and had to get it done, so i used 1 zip per shell and had 100% pass fire using 1 tie on 45 shells? Will i use 2 next time? Yes, if the fuse is long enough.
    Sounds good, wasn't trying to undermine your graphic. One time I used only one zip tie and the results were less than spectacular, that was before I found this site and fireworks turned into an obsession.
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    Here's some fuse testing I did last year. There is a bunch of crackling fuse in there too... hope it helps.

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL918A54EF87BFE84D
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyrokid View Post
    You can always extend the fuses on items too.
    Yea, i mentioned that to him in PM.

    Quote Originally Posted by NW Fireworks Lover View Post
    Sounds good, wasn't trying to undermine your graphic. One time I used only one zip tie and the results were less than spectacular, that was before I found this site and fireworks turned into an obsession.
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    Regardless of what everyone says, it's all in personal preference. I suggest trying a couple different ways and deciding which you like best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyHigh View Post
    On Labor day i ran out of time and had to get it done, so i used 1 zip per shell and had 100% pass fire using 1 tie on 45 shells? Will i use 2 next time? Yes, if the fuse is long enough.
    You got lucky.

    The main reason people have failure using zip-ties is because they did it wrong. I should have also added that the ends of the item fuse should be cut at the tips at a 45 degree angle to expose as much of the black powder core as possible. Using only one zip tie will not direct the fire from the main fuse to the black powder core of the item fuse. If you are using fast Visco on your main fuse the odds of not passing fire will increase as well. I learned this the hard way and had to concede to just doing it right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leeca View Post
    You got lucky.

    The main reason people have failure using zip-ties is because they did it wrong. I should have also added that the ends of the item fuse should be cut at the tips at a 45 degree angle to expose as much of the black powder core as possible. Using only one zip tie will not direct the fire from the main fuse to the black powder core of the item fuse. If you are using fast Visco on your main fuse the odds of not passing fire will increase as well. I learned this the hard way and had to concede to just doing it right.
    I agree. I probably should have also mentioned that the cans i shot had fuse that was dipped in BP... Do you still cut when they are dipped?

    Also, what if the fuse is to short on the "novelty items" for two zips?
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    Fuse on Artillery shells is more often than not good grade fast Visco and the odds are not as great as not being able to pass fire to fireworks that just use regular cheap Visco like cakes. Some cakes just have some CRAP fuse. I have had some cakes that the fuse was so bad the only way I could ensure they would lite was to do the 2 zip-ties technique and wrap slow sticky match around the connections as a pyrogenic to get them to lite. PITA... Yes! But it got the job done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leeca View Post
    Fuse on Artillery shells is more often than not good grade fast Visco and the odds are not as great as not being able to pass fire to fireworks that just use regular cheap Visco like cakes. Some cakes just have some CRAP fuse.
    Good point, the whole "crappy fuse on cakes" thing is something ive noticed for years.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by leeca View Post
    You got lucky.

    The main reason people have failure using zip-ties is because they did it wrong. I should have also added that the ends of the item fuse should be cut at the tips at a 45 degree angle to expose as much of the black powder core as possible. Using only one zip tie will not direct the fire from the main fuse to the black powder core of the item fuse. If you are using fast Visco on your main fuse the odds of not passing fire will increase as well. I learned this the hard way and had to concede to just doing it right.
    +1 on cutting at an angle, works 100% with talons when the nichrome wire touches the cut away core. This thread has some great info! For the OP, I just checked pyrocreations' site and they have crackling fuse for $8.75 for 50 feet. They also have 100 precut strips of crackling fuse for 4-5 dollars, and the ends are primed! I will test some soon. Overall the reviews I have seen rate the crackling fuse from pyrocreations better than the stuff from cannonfuse. Here is a cool vid of the crackling fuse attached to a sky lantern:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4xghWzb6Ms

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlitzK View Post
    Here's some fuse testing I did last year. There is a bunch of crackling fuse in there too... hope it helps.

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL918A54EF87BFE84D
    Thanks that was interesting.

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    Yep-tried them all, Foil Tape is by far the best.
    Quote Originally Posted by NW Fireworks Lover View Post
    The foil tape works best for me because the metal has a built in "oven" effect, trapping all the fire. Had 100% passfire this 4th using that tape for the first time, and it was faster for me with less fuss than zip ties.
    I think I will try the tape for this first effort since I can easily get it at WalMart.

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    Cool effect, scary combo Sky lanterns ans crackling fuse.

    I can just see the guys from Texas reaction to that idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NW Fireworks Lover View Post
    Here is a cool vid of the crackling fuse attached to a sky lantern:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4xghWzb6Ms

    Cool effect!
    Cool effect, scary combo Sky lanterns ans crackling fuse.

    I can just see the guys from Texas reaction to that idea.
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    to chime in, I use the 2 zip tie technique without cutting at a 45 angle on alot of my shells ( i have 15in guns so i have to extend fuses) and on every cake i fire off in a chain ( I will extend the fuse by seconds required with 2 zip ties to to my quickmatch) and have had exactly 0 problems with 600+ zip ties used this 4th of july alone. its 99.9% perfect.

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    Crackling fuse works for this on boards but I find it draws attention down to the fuse and the noise/light that its making away from the shells/cakes etc that one is trying to showcase. But I do like it hanging from sky lanterns as it a very cool effect.
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