Okay, this is way cool!
Imagine lighting one of these of at your Fourth of July family gathering.
Easy to put together too. You just need some wire, a couple of rocket drivers and two rocket sticks.
If you’re even half as good as me, you can knock one out in 5-10 minutes.
…Especially if you already have the rocket motors on hand.
Speaking of rocket motors, here’s a back door link to get Skylighter’s 3/4" End Burner Black Powder Rocket Kit. This is what you’ll want to use to make a Caduceus rocket.
How to Make Your Own Caduceus Rocket
Here’s how you can make them quick and easy.
Start with one of Skylighter’s (#TU1062, #TU1068) 3/4-inch ID x 7.5-inch long rocket tubes. Cut it in half, giving you two 3.75-Inch long tubes.
Place one of the 3.75-inch tubes on your 1 pound, end-burner rocket tooling (Skylighter #TL1270). If you don’t have a set of Skylighter’s end burner tooling, don’t worry, we’ll show you where to get a discounted tool set at the end of this post.
Ram an increment of clay, then several increments of ball-milled black powder until the tube is filled within 1/2 inch of the end of the tube. Finish off this rocket with a final increment of clay to form the top bulkhead.
You’ll need 2 of these short rocket engines (or “drivers”) for each Caduceus Rocket you make. And trust me, you will not be satisfied with just one–they are too much fun!
In the video, you can see that thin steel wire is used to connect two sticks to make a small “t” shape. The leg of the “t” serves as the tail for guidance. The cross of the “t” serves as a platform for attaching the drivers.
Lay the drivers out as shown in the video above then secure them solidly using wire as shown.
Fuse the drivers by running a length of GN1100 Fast Yellow Visco fuse (not included in the kit) from one driver’s nozzle to the other and securing each with tape. Finally add a length of standard visco to the center of the fast fuse. This will provide time to retreat to a safe location.
As we mentioned before, you’ll need end burner rockets for this project. The Skylighter 3/4" End Burner Black Powder Rocket Kit comes with the tools, fuse, tubes and chemicals you’ll need to make 50 drivers (but does not include Fast Yellow Visco, #GN1100–be sure to add some of that). This kit saves you 20% off the price of buying everything individually.
Finally, if you have questions or comments on these crazy, spinning fireworks, please post them in the Comments section below. And if you make these, show us! Tell us all about your variation of Caduceus rockets, and include a link to your YouTube or other video.