1lb Strontium Nitrate
1lb Barium Nitrate
1lb Magnalium -230+325 mesh
1lb Red Gum
Originally designed to be used with the screen-slicing method of making stars, where acetone is used to soften the parlon, which is the binder. 5% dextrin may be added to the formula for water binding. Be aware that strontium nitrate is often quite hygroscopic, and is not ideal for water binding. Denatured alcohol may be used to wet the dry comp, at 5-10%, for pumping of stars/comets. Strontium nitrate produces brilliant red. Barium nitrate brilliant green. 3:1 barium:strontium produces a nice citron-yellow. If those proportions are shifted toward the strontium, more orange-yellows may be produced. Potassium nitrate may be used to produce a peachy-lavender color. Fine powders work best. The finer the MgAl, the faster the star will burn. 200 to 325-mesh MgAl works well. Prime with Hot Igniter Prime, and then BP prime, or cut stars might be able to get away with just BP prime + 5% MgAl 100-200 mesh.
This is a modification of Independence red by Ned Gorski over at Fireworking.com