Brocade

Essentially the same as a peony shell, but with fewer and larger stars. These stars travel a longer-than-usual distance from the shell break before bursting out to smaller crackling salutes. For instance, if a 3" peony shell is made with a star size designed for a 6" shell, it is then considered a dahlia. 

Chrysanthemum

A spherical break of colored stars, similar to a peony, but with stars that leave a visible trail of sparks.

Comets

Comets are very bright rapid fire tails that can feature glitter, strobes, crackling or whistling effects. 

 

Crossettes

A shell containing several large stars that travel a short distance before breaking apart into smaller stars, creating a crisscrossing grid-like effect. Strictly speaking, a crossette star should split into 4 pieces which fly off symmetrically, making a cross. 

 

Peony

A spherical break of colored stars that burn without a tail effect. The peony is the most commonly seen shell type.

Willow

Similar to a chrysanthemum, but with long-burning silver or gold stars that produce a soft, dome-shaped weeping willow-like effect.

Pistil

A large shell burst that includes bright colored stars along with a strobing or crackling center. 

 

Palm Tree

A shell containing a relatively few large comet stars arranged in such a way as to burst with large arms or tendrils, producing a palm tree-like effect. Proper palm shells feature a thick rising tail that displays as the shell ascends, thereby simulating the tree trunk to further enhance the "palm tree" effect. One might also see a burst of color inside the palm burst (given by a small insert shell) to simulate coconuts.

 

Bees/ Whirls

Inserts that propel themselves rapidly away from the shell burst, often looking like fish swimming away.