1/2" dowel rod
Kraft paper, or 1/2"ID
Clay, kitty litter works great.
Mortar&Pedestal, or equivalent
1/4" drill bit
~12" long wooden stick
To begin this project, you will need a 1/2"
dowel rod. First cut off a 1/2" segment from
the 1/2" dowel, and glue this to a piece of
wood. This will act as a nipple to ram a clay
plug against. Now, you will need to roll a
casing from the kraft paper, if you don't
have suitable tubes on hand. The casing must
be rolled with 1/4" thick walls. Make sure
that it is strong. This will help prevent
tube burn-through, and a possible accident.
When EVERYTHING is dry ( the tools, and the
casing) you need to ram a clay plug. To do
this, you place the tube over the 1/2"
'nipple' you made earlier. Get some kitty
litter and powder it. You must powder it up
really fine for it to stick correctly. You
can do this with a M&P or by whacking it
with a hammer. Pour a bit of clay into the
tube then, you take your 1/2" dowel ( cut
to a comfortable length) and place it into
the tube over the clay now, take your hammer,
and hit the dowel rod, compacting the clay.
Repeat this step until you have a sold plug
1/2" thick. Now, leaving the tube on the
nipple, set this a side for a while. aside.
You will need two different sizes of
charcoal. The smaller size, will be a main
fuel in the compo, while the larger size will
be for sparks. You'll want to pass the course
charcoal through a window screen, and use
what falls through. Once done, place in a
Zip-Loc bag for later use. Get out your KNO3,
and powder it REALLY fine, as fine as baby
powder if you can. Remember, the finer it
is, the better it will work. Here is how
the compo is mixed: Take a cup cake paper,
and put it on your scale. then measure out
15g of KNO3. Now, get a NEW cupcake paper,
and measure out 3g of FINE charcoal. Now,
get a NEW cupcake paper, and measure out 2g
of S. The next step is to get your M&P, or
other non sparking grinding equipment and
begin to grind the chems together. this is an
okay operation of this formula, however,
extreme caution must always be used.
Get your tube, that is still on the
nipple pour in a bit of compo and ram with
the dowel. If you have to use a metal
wrap it with some cloth to prevent sparks.
Repeat the last step until you have about
3/4" space from the end of the tube, OR you
run out of compo. It all depends on how tall
you make your fountain. Ram another clay
plug for the remaining 3/4". Also, mark the
top of the tube ( the end on the nipple with
the 1/2" clay plug)
Remove the gerb from the nipple, and get your
1/4" drill bit using __ONLY YOUR FINGERS (
NO POWER DRILLS!!)__, drill a hole in the
center of the 1/2" clay plug. You will need
to go about 1.5" into the
fountain compo. It is important for you to
only use your fingers, that way you can
judge how much pressure you are using. Now,
5-6 inches of Visco fuse( remember, Visco is
cheaper then an ER visit!). Insert the fuse
into the nozzle and make sure the visco is at
the bottom of the core you made in the compo.
Burry the fountain into the ground, with only about an inch sticking out of the dirt. Make sure the dirt is free of rocks and sticks, and trash .