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With all the different fireworks effects available today sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to differentiate between this cake and that shell.

This handy guide will help you find cakes that look amazing in your display, shells that will make your audience go wild and, if you're a real expert you'll be able to pick out an assortment that contains all of your favorite effects in one easy package.


Brocade fireworks effectThe brocade is an aerial effect that creates a spherical burst with a spider like effect in the sky. Usually produced with charcoal or metals and creates long trails of gold or silver sparks in the sky. Brocade's last longer and are brighter in the sky than chrysanthemums and willows which have slower burning stars and therefore are dimmer.


Chrysanthemum fireworks effectNamed after the flower, chrysanthemums create a spherical burst. The charcoal based stars create orange bursts and may be augmented with metals to create dense balls of gold or silver in the sky. The chrysanthemum is one of the most common effects in aerial shells.


Comet fireworks effectA comet is a single large fireworks star that is fired from the ground and leaves a long trail of sparks as it flies up into the air. A crossette comet is a comet that breaks into multiple, usually 4, pieces at the apex of its flight. The rising tail effects on shells is created by attaching a comet to the outside of the shell.


Crackle fireworks effectThe crackle effect, sometimes called dragon eggs, is bright silver or gold flashes with an auditory effect (a loud crackle sound). Crackle can be found in shells, fountains and other ground effects. A quieter version of crackle called popcorn is commonly used in fountains.


Crossette fireworks effectA crossette is a type of firework star that breaks into multiple pieces in the sky. Crossettes are either contained in fireworks shells where they break shortly after being expelled from the shell creating a cross-hatch pattern in the sky or they can be fired individually as comets.


Dahlia fireworks effectA dahlia is an aerial effect very similar to the peony creating a spherical break of colored stars that burn without a tail effect. However dahlia's have fewer and larger stars than a peony. These larger stars are brighter and travel a further distance before burning out.

Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves fireworks effectFalling leaves are fireworks stars that are very slow burning. They flicker back and forth as they slowly fall to earth like autumn leaves.


Glitter fireworks effectGlitter is one of the most beautiful fireworks effects, it produces long hanging sparks that softly twinkle and flash in the sky. Glitter is a popular effect commonly used as in the rising tails on shells, as comets, in shells and in fountains.


Horsetail fireworks effectHorsetail is an aerial effect created when a shell breaks softly, spilling long burning stars, usually charcoal or glitter, into the sky. The effect gets its name from the stars looking like a horses tail as they fall. This effect is used enmasse in waterfall cakes to create the appearance of a water falling from the sky.


Mine fireworks effectThe mine is a type of shell but but rather than rising into the air and breaking mines fire their stars/effects directly up into the sky from the mortar tube usually creating a fanned display. Think of a mine like a shotgun shell firing with its projectiles out in a spray from the end of the barrel.


Palm fireworks effectThe palm is a fireworks shell that creates an aerial effect which resembles a palm tree. A rising tail on the shell creates the stem of the tree. When the shell bursts large stars with dense tails create the palm fronds.


Pearls fireworks effectPearls are brightly colored stars that do not have a tail. Pearls are commonly used in ground effects like fountains and mines.


Peony fireworks effectThe peony is the most common aerial fireworks effect. Peonies are created with colored stars that don't have tails and quickly burn out creating that traditional look of a dense ball of colored lights in the sky.


Pistil fireworks effectA pistil is a smaller burst of stars in the center of a larger brocade, chrysanthemum or peony. Pistils are created with different colored stars than the larger effect creating a smaller ball of color.


Strobe fireworks effectStrobe is an effect created by stars that burn with quick bright flashes of light. This effect is created by the stars transitioning from a dark smolder faze to bright flash when the metals in the star are consumed quickly.


Timerain fireworks effectTimerain is a delayed crackle effect. Timerain is often combined with a brocade, chrysanthemum or peony, you'll see the colored stars first and then the crackle will appear in the center of the break.


Tourbillions fireworks effectA tourbillion is a type of firework that spins in the sky spraying gold, silver, or white sparks in a circular pattern. Tourbillions are used in mines and in shells often in a ring creating a burst of dense swirling sparks.


Whistle fireworks effectWhistles create a loud whistling sound as they fly through the air. While this is mostly an auditory effect whistles sometimes produce color or have a dim tail of sparks. Serpents are a type of whistle that always have a tail.


Willow fireworks effectA willow is an aerial effect created when a shells breaks with a dense burst of long burning charcoal or metal stars. These stars are often dim and burn slowly as they fall to earth creating the appearance of the fine hanging branches of a weeping willow tree.

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