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  • SpaceCaseChris

    I've spent a few evenings and weekends mixing up batches of bubble juice, creating my first tri-string wands, and having a total blast with giant bubbles. My wife thought I was crazy at first, but when she saw a 10-15 foot tube stream by the window in our backyard she started to get my fascination with it all. I think the neighbours might have, too, as the first few large bubbles flew directly over some of their fences, and I could hear the surprise in their voices. "Oh my goodness, what is THAT?" was one response. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No.. it's a.. gigantic soap bubble! Then "POP" and a polymer/surfactant membrane slinks down onto one of their heads and again "OMG - what is THIS?!"

    Being the proud Canadian I am, I immediately launc…

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  • SpaceCaseChris

    Hey! I'm Chris from Canada. Nice to meet you, eh!

    I'm a relatively new bubbleologist and have been having a blast so far. I just randomly stumbled into it when one day, in my office, a co-worker had brought some store-bought bubble solution in. We spent about 20 minutes messing around with it, when another colleague popped over and blew our minds by blowing a bubble into a bubble - it turns out he had done some graduate work on these types of membranes, and he mentioned to me that in some of his work, he had come up with his own bubble recipes that produced much larger than store-bought bubbles. I was fascinated, and instantly attempted to dig up some recipes online. Unfortunatley, the first recipes I found were the detergent-glycerine-wate…

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  • Glowby

    Making the Cheerio Bubbler Prototype

    This is the story, in pictures, of how I made my cheerio bubbler prototype. Please note that there are certainly better ways to do this and I'll build my next one differently. This one will likely have a limited lifespan. Nevertheless, it performed surprisingly well. It's really fun to fly!!!

    Not pictured in this gallery but also needed are: wire cutters, light household string (cotton or cotton blend), and a hot glue gun.

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  • Suizezem

    My setup

    May 5, 2015 by Suizezem

    Today I have an setup thats pretty ok. At least it works for me.

    I use tent poles as sticks, works really well up to four pieces, after that they bend to much if the string is heavy. I try to use the original string for as long as possible but quality are never that good so they break over time. That its possible to just fold them makes them really easy to bring everywhere.




    I use gems/paperclips on the ends to hook on and off my strings. Sometimes they hook into the string but not often.





    I pull most of my items on this old beer carriage but I also have an backpack where I keep the tent poles. I can use the big bucket of just use the smaller on top, if I don´t fill upp the big bucket I can use it to transport water.




    My strings, I try to have th…











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  • Suizezem

    A new day

    April 29, 2015 by Suizezem

    So after almost a year with not many experiments I hopefully now can come back to the world of bubbles.

    I have been able to bubble a bit and changing some bit in my recepie but ended in no good juices.

    I have found a contact in Japan thats looking into Charmy for me, it would just be fun to use it and se if theres a difference.

    I have also looked into Polyvinylalcohol, as its a base ingridient of Mr. Hisao Oono´s bubble juices. I now understand how it works and why his recepie works at all.

    I´m not sure what starch do to water, and how it works, need to look into that.

    I have looked into making my own starch using rice flour, to see if that has anything to do with it. Have not done a blind test or even side test yet.

    Hopefully this year will be …

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  • Espiegel123

    In late summer/early Fall 2014, I was making an effort to catalog the color profile of Dawn Pro at various dilutions and with various polymers. In order to get the most meaningful profiles, sessions were only done early in the morning (after sun up) on heavily overcast days (because the indirect light gives the clearest colors). In Central California, where I live, such conditions are sporadic. As I reviewed the photos, I began to recognize that there are a number of potentially confounding issues: temperature (does the temperature influence the film thickness), flow rate, and wick characteristics. Sessions were done to explore the influence of pH on the film thickness, and I settled on pH range of 7.4-7.6 (except for those sessions done a…

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  • Espiegel123

    Updated March 20, 2015 with 16:1 dilution pictures from March 11 session.

    Ever since I first tried Uncle Bubble Ultra Concentrate, I have wondered how it would perform at higher dilutions than the standard 9-to-1 recommended by its manufacturer. To my eye, the film thickness (gauged via its Color Profile) is something along the lines of Dawn Pro at 16:1. Since, UB is based on a totally different surfactant than Dawn Pro, I have no idea how to map changes in dilution from one to the other.

    I tried UB at 11:1 last week and was surprised how little of a shift there was in film thickness. The film was a little bit thicker but only subtly so.

    I diluted the UB to 14:1. There was a color shift (though not as big as I expected), but bubbles became ha…

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  • Espiegel123

    A busy life has prevented my posting (or experimenting) for a few months. On SBF recently, there was a discussion about the influence of dilution on colors. This morning it was foggy and cool (50F with 95% humidity) and I needed to clear my mind. I had a bit of guar juice left over from a session in October or November and decided to see if it was still good. It was.

    I made a few bubbles with a 70" Webfoot Microfiber top-string (full-ply) and a 2-ply RubberMaid Rayon Finish Mop bottom string. The breeze was very light and 5 foot diameter bubbles were lasting up to a minute or more.

    After making a few bubbles, I dumped some Dawn into the juice so that I could demonstrate the big color shift that happens when there is a lot of soap in the mix.…


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  • Glowby

    Denture Garland

    January 15, 2015 by Glowby

    It looks kind of like a set of teeth and the fishing line I used to buildit feels like dental floss!

    All it takes is diamond braid clothes line, hot glue, fishing line, and a tapestry needle. It's pretty easy to make, functions very well, and opens up some interesting design possibilities.


    Diamond braid utility cord. I used 15 lb. SecureLine diamond braid clothes line. 



    Fishing line. The heavier the better. A certain amount of stiffness is desirable. I used Cabela's 50 lb. dacron line. Braid lines would work too. Monofilament would create problems, I'm sure.



    Hot glue gun with glue.
    Nail clippers. (This fishing line is tough to cut with scissors!)
    Tapestry needle
    Fabric marking pen (or other non-permanent marker)




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  • Glowby

    Rebuilding My Corny Garland

    January 6, 2015 by Glowby

    Last year I built a small-loop fast-wind bubbling garland. It performed well, but I have some ideas how to improve it. So now I'm disassembling and rebuilding it. In the picture the old one is on top.



    BASIC SPECS

    It has 33 loops with approximately 3.25" (8cm) tops, plus extensions for adding 18 more loops. It's about 140" (3.5m) long with leaders, and about 210" (5.3m) with the extensions. It's made of 9 braided strands of aMAIZing corn fiber tape yarn.

    Problem #1 - Loop hangups and fold-overs

    I expected to have a few. I've made garlands with swivels every 2nd loop, and they're pretty reliable. But with a swivel between every 3rd loop, this garland fails to fire on all cylinders about half the time. Now I'm going all the way! Each loop gets a …



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  • Sarobubble

    Help

    December 9, 2014 by Sarobubble

    I ask for a little help from friends soupbubblewiki, I would please the recipe to create the slurry, I have a recipe that does not use slurry:



    I use

    1 liter of water 40 grams of fairy and 2 grams of guar.

    with the blender the guar melt in hot water and then add the detergent.

    do not use yeast baking it and bubbles are very long-lived.



    the problem 'that I can not keep it more' for three days, I need a recipe to keep the slurry.



    thanks to all. saro

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  • Espiegel123

    It seems (and I think that this has come up before over the years) that adjusting the pH of juice MAY introduce some instability of the juice is subject to cool temperatures. I don't know at this point if this only happens with juice that has been used but I suspect it may be true of unopened juice.

    I just checked a dipping container that has been outside on our porch for the past month. It contained diluted eGoo that I used in a session on Oct. 11. There was white sediment. The juice still bubbled reasonably but the pH had fallen to 7.0 from the 7.6 that it started with. I added about 1/2 tsp baking soda per liter juice to bring the pH back up to 7.3 or so.

    That container had been outside for a month with temperatures dropping to 40F on a f…

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  • Nlclemmensen

    Yarn Notes

    October 20, 2014 by Nlclemmensen

    Have been experimenting with yarns; keep going right back to the rayon mop yarn. I love the Paton's Metallic, but still feel a great deal of the "I'm Home" sensation when I switch back to the mop yarn. However..... I played with one of my new yarns (Game Day by Loops and Threads) again late last night (1am... best time for bubbling, of course). I'd only tried it one other time and didn't love it. Fairly thin, 100% acrylic, round braid. This time I tried crocheting a loop using this yarn. I had a wonderful session with this wick! Not once was I tempted to go back to the mop yarn wick.

    The loop had a 60" top string and had one row of crochet stitches. I might crochet a second row for the top string section. I got a bunch of really large bubbl…

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  • Espiegel123

    NOTE (May 2017): This entry should really be called "PEO Waterless Concentrate". In this experiment, I was really making a waterless PEO concentrate and not just slurrying. As it turns out, detergent works well for slurrying WSR301 though it may be less convenient than usind cold dry alcohol or glycerine as a slurry liquid. You do need to add some water after you make the slurry for the PEO to stay dissolved (in suspension) for the long-term. A detergent slurry is used for my Bubble Power Powder (a video demonstration is found on its page). In July 2016, I did a number of trials using WSR301 and J-Lube in detergent slurries, and they worked well. More information in the Slurry-Detergent article.


    Last night (October 14), I slurried my wsr301 …


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  • Pups008

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  • Espiegel123

    My major bubble project of the summer and Fall has been documenting the color profile of bubble solutions made with Dawn Pro and Charmy at various dilutions. Included in the studies (which I have not yet published) have been comparisons of solutions at the same dilution but with different pH or different polymers. I have chosen 20:1 because I have really grown to like the colors and because the color profile is one that changes quite obviously when the film stretches.

    Several weeks ago, I was looking at video of bubbles made guar-based and PEO-based juice and noticed that the guar-based bubbles showed the thinner "stretched" color profile earlier in their growth than the PEO solution. It was quite consistent. It occurred to me that perhaps PE…

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  • Espiegel123

    DETAILS COMING

    Enjoy the video:


    Testing eGoo at 12.5 to 1 (water:concentrate) under ideal conditions: 60F and 85% humidity. Loop: 48" Rubbermaid webfoot microfiber top string with two strands of deconstructed Rubbermaid rayon mop yarn as the bottom string.

    This batch of eGoo used 0.25 grams per "batch" of WSR301 rather than 0.15 grams. This is fresh full potency WSR. The juice was pretty stringy BUT under these conditions worked great. With the 48" top-string and next to no breeze 35 foot closed tubes were quite easy. I did not get a chance to try with a larger loop until the humidity had fallen and the breezed started to pick up.

    The goal was to compare Bernat's Baby Blanket fuzzy yarn to Rubbermaid Webfoot Microfiber. The 48" top-strings (bo…


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  • Espiegel123


    Time: 6:50AM PDT;

    Temp: 62F; Humidity: 82%;

    Still air and scattered clouds

    Loop: modular with 100+ inch topstring made from Patons Classic Wool Roving loosely wound together. Bottom string: two strands of Patons Metallic Yarn loosely wound together.

    This is the first use of this loop. The only preparation applied to the yarn was to soak it in water and Dawn after cutting.

    JUICE: Two juices were used. Both were 20 parts tap water to 1 part Dawn Pro with 8 ml of 5% citric acid per liter of water. One juice had 1.5 grams guar gum per liter water. The other had 5 ml of BLM per liter of water. The pH was 7.6. I adjust the pH of all my Dawn-based juice to this pH in order to standardize the mixes so that I can more reliably draw conclusions based on t…


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  • Espiegel123

    Spurred by reports from people that are enjoying various knitting yarns for their loops, I have started revising my thoughts about knitting yarn and realizing that some are very credible wick materials -- especially for people that don't want to track down an exotic mophead and deal with the deconstructing, etc.

    I have had a few very nice sessions using "Links" acrylic/wool blend  which is a braided yarn that seems exclusive to Michael's craft stores. I am not ready to say that it is as good or better than the Rubbermaid webfoot microfiber, but I think it is worth trying -- especially as the top-string of a composite loop. For my taste, it is too drippy to use for both top and bottom strings. (See the blog entry about this yarn). I have use…

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  • Espiegel123


    Darn it! and HURRAY! There are great wick materials that are easy to find and don't require a lot of work to prep. I wish I had found these yarns earlier. In today's (brief) session with excellent conditions that compared favorably to some of my favorite materials. This is only one session, but the results were good enough that I think that others should try these out.

    I have had to take a break from the color profile studies that I have been doing since the sky was cloudless and bright -- which makes it impossible to get meaningful video. So, I decide to quickly test out a couple of yarns that I purchased at Michael's, a popular chain of craft stores in the U.S.

    Wayne had mentioned having good luck with a pre-braided knitting yarn. I purcha…


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  • Espiegel123

    Recently, I have been doing sessions to better capture the color profiles of Dawn Pro and other detergents at various dilutions in order to come to a better understanding of them.  Bubble colors tell us about the thickness of the soap film which in turn tells us about the surface tension of the solution and the strength of the surfactant.

    Most of the recipes on the wiki assume that a detergent with similar qualities to Dawn Pro is being used. Most versions of Fairy and Dawn Ultra are similar to Dawn Pro in terms of surfactant strength. In years past, there was a product call Dawn Non-Ultra that was a favorite of bubblers. Currently, there is something called Non-Concentrated Dawn or Dawn Simply Clean, and people periodically report that it …

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  • Espiegel123

    This entry is for tracking my ongoing exploration of PEO potency and potency changes -- comparing degraded PEO (WSR301 and JLUBE from 2010 but stored in the freezer since some time in late 2013) with PolyOx WSR301 purchased from Teacher's Source earlier this year and stored in the freezer since purchase.

    See also: PEO Calibration and also May 2015: Determining PEO Strength

    Note: using 1% PEO solutions, this equates to about 5 ml. of 1% degraded PEO solution per liter of water and 1.25ml 1% full-potency PEO solution per liter water. (NOTE TO SELF: double-chec this)


    New PolyOx WSR301 recently received from Teacher's Source. With a 20:1 water:Dawn Pro mix, the bubbles-per-dip is over 5 with 0.006% PEO and at 0.013% PEO the juice seems overdosed. …


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  • Espiegel123

    I haven't had much time for bubbles. Over the last 6 weeks, I have spent a little bit of time following up on some pH issues that people have reported, revisiting some conclusions made when I first looked into pH a few years ago.

    I should say that since I realized how forgiving baking powder is (while fine-tuning the guar juice recipe), I have rarely used baking soda/citric acid except during last summer's Charmy explorations the past year or so.

    The pH explorations are ongoing and (given some of the erroneous conclusions that I reached earlier) will take a while before they are definitive.

    I wanted to check-in briefly for those that can make use of the information.

    Baking Soda/Citric Acid. The 2:1 baking soda:citric acid ratio that we have re…

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  • Burbrujo

    Anti-Foldover Garland

    August 8, 2014 by Burbrujo

    IMPORTANT NOTE (UPDATE): I have eliminated the zip-tie from one side of each loop with no change to the anti foldover feature. After treating the cord the time to construct/build will vary from person-to-person--I made this one in approx. 3 hours.   
























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  • Burbrujo

    Demonstrated here are 3 EGO E-Cigarettes whith different styles of atomizer/tank tips.  Each different style is modified with an identical method with the same results and with no modifications to the Ecig itself.

    NOTE:  It is my opinion this Ecig design is not the proper tool for producing very, very large vapor filled bubbles no matter how much you modify the Ecig itself.  If you want to increase the air flow simply loosen the connection where the atomizer screws into the battery section for a tiny bit more air flow.

    If making large "smoke" filled bubbles faster is your goal I recommend moving up to a modified Zero Launcher or Dragon Puffer available online through Zereo Toys, Inc. [EDWARD NOTES: This recommendation seems no longer to be a…

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  • Burbrujo

    This demonstrations are based on the travel hoop described here. A plain PEX hoop with no covering or wrapping:


    A PEX hoop with an optional ribbed sleeve:


    A hoop wrapped with some rayon mophead yarn:


    A wiki visitor (perhaps Burbrujo?) notes: "I have begun to wrap each section of my Travel Hoop while unassembled and attach each end with a zip (wire) tie. This way you do not have to re-wrap it everytime you reassemble it. (Note: Each wrap is approx one inch apart from the other)."

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  • Espiegel123

    Wiki member Wayne Schmidt has been logging his explorations on his own web site. I recommend reading through his page and following his journey.

    http://www.waynesthisandthat.com/giant%20bubbles.htm

    He has gone to great lengths to test a number of things including the influence of baking powder on his mix, different mop yarns, different amounts of PEO and surgilube -- and some nice videos demonstrating the importance of the right lighting situation to evaluate color. He also has succeeded in making some monster bubbles in low humidity conditions that surprised me. Super giants in 20% humidity!

    I need to find time to summarize the most interesting findings here. One thing stood out as we exchanged emails during his exploration: dilution and pH …

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  • Ricmerry

    Again, using blog for personal cloud storeage

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  • Ricmerry

    My recipe Cliff notes

    July 19, 2014 by Ricmerry

    This are my own notes for recipes and I'm using the wikia as cloud storage so I can find them. These are recipes I've copied not devised and I may have left important things out of them


    Mike's "Gooey Mix" concentrate

    For concentrate to be mixed with two gallons of water on site

    To make the bubble juice, add two cups of concentrate to one gallon of water.

    • 2 cups warm/hot tap water

    • 2 cups Dawn Pro (Dawn Manual Pot & Pan)

    • 7 grams baking powder (not baking soda)

    • 4 grams J-Lube powder (1 gram PolyOx*) 

    Preparation

    Pre-measure powders

    Into a 4-cup (1 liter) or larger container pour in 2 cups of warm/hot tap water

    Add the 2 cups of Dawn Pro

    Add 7 grams of baking powder

    VERY QUICKLY add 4 grams J-Lube powder and immediately stir briskly with a large fo…


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  • Ricmerry

    Updates

    July 19, 2014 by Ricmerry

    placeholder for recent project reports.

    Snare Wands


    I'm not sure if this is the right name for these or not nor can I remember where I first saw these but they sure are nice in less than calm wind conditions. I used carbon tube for the handle as I build kites and had it kicking around. The small nuances of connector length etc make more of a difference than I first imagined. A fun project that will lend itself well to a no dip system conversion. 







    Smoke generator
    Bubble machines
    I've recent;y aquired a few more bubble machine and am now up to: 1 AC model, 4 battery models and 1 Wind Generated. I want to be able to put out a bubbles storm at an upcoming kite festival I plan on attending. I'm contemplateing a universal power supply and resevir for…








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  • Ricmerry

    Introduction

    July 16, 2014 by Ricmerry

    I thought I’d write this first blog as a quick introduction.

    I’ve always liked bubbles (who doesn’t?) . As an avid photographer I had both bubble and fog machines for studio props and often put bubbles in the hands of clients I was shooting. (example pictures below).

    My latest interest stems from the fact that I’m an avid kite flier and at festivals I’ve attended when adequate flying winds have been absent I’ve seen people put up large tri-string bubbles. They are a real crowd pleaser. I’m a grandfather “Papa” to 6 and 3 year old boys. The 6 year old is getting pretty proficient with a “shoe lace” tri-string.

    I’ve had some expensive hobbies but bubbles seems pretty affordable so that’s a plus.



    I’ve picked up and utilized a lot from this Wikia …



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  • Espiegel123

    For quite a while, I have been doing pH adjustment with baking powder because using baking powder requires little precision to get bubble juice into the desired pH range.

    On , Megan reported some problems getting pH adjusted with baking soda and citric acid. When I did some follow-up measurments, I was puzzled. My results were nothing like Megan's BUT they were also nothing like what I expected.

    Theory tells us that 1.3 parts baking soda to 1 part citric acid should yield a complete reaction that will be more or less pH neutral (not quite because the C02 can dissolve in water and lower the pH). Megan had to add much more baking soda than predicted to get the pH over 7. I. I found the same thing.

    The 2:1 baking soda:citric acid ratio that we r…

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  • Max T
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  • Burbrujo

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.668011289933962.1073741919.100001752912722&type=1&l=c7024ba8dd

    This is a link for a step-by-step DIY Anti-foldover garland rig by Rick Findley.  (Further editing to be done to make it fully displayed on this wiki)

    Sorry, but I have not had time to post the entire step-by-step method here on the wiki other than the link above.

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  • Burbrujo

    This article demonstrates a portable large hoop design that is great for Kid in a bubble (KIB) work and other large and medium hoop work. See also the optional ribbed sleeve which increases capacity. See the Kid in a bubble article for moat ideas.  

    UPDATED INFORMATION: It is possible to eliminate the dowel plugs for all the connectors except for the "T" fitting and where the handle is connected to the "T" fitting. The connectors remain tightly fitted without them but I prefer using the dowel plugs if only to eliminate any chance the connectors getting misplaced when disassembled.

    The hoop is made from 1/2" PEX tubing made by Sharkbite which is an excellent material for constructing hoops large and small. The design shown here breaks down in…

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  • Espiegel123

    This article describes a method for determining what we are calling the NMEC for a batch of PEO. NMEC stands for Nominal Minimum Effective Concentration. It is the concentration required to turn water:detergent into an at-least minimally friendly solution.


    PEO is a very important bubble juice ingredient. It is the main ingredient in PolyOx WSR-301 and J-Lube. Over the past few years, it has become clear that the amount used in recipes is quite variable due to both its long-term instability and personal preference. This instability accounts for much of the variation that one sees in recipes that contain these ingredients--and often accounts for what individuals believe is changing preference (when what is really changing is the PEO strength)…


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  • Bubbleconductor

    Hello fellow bubblers,

    I just found bubble wiki recently and I am so stoked you are all here! I am absolutely overwhelmed by all of the amazing contributions and photos. I make part of my living here on Kauai making bubbles(how does it get better than that?) and that means spreading the joy.

    I am amazed when bubbles will turn a 50 year old man into a 5 year old boy in a blink. There is something truly magical that happens when people are around bubbles. They are totally in the moment and completely present even if its just for a minute or two.

    It's such a gift being able to share bubbles with others and I feel blessed to know there are others out there who are spreading smiles.


    Bubble on!

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  • Espiegel123


    Until last night, I would have said that the 1/4" twill tape (of which I have several hundred feet that has been soda-washed and dyed a lovely turquoise) that I purchased in January was a bust.  The garlands that I made with it have worked pretty well but have been prone to foldovers. Last night, I decided to see if smaller looplets than I have been using would be less foldover prone with this lightweight twill.

    My earlier twill garlands all had 5-7 inch looplets (where the size is the length of the looplet top-string). I decided to see if smaller looplets with the 1/4" twill would be less prone to foldovers. I have wanted a garland with smaller looplets for really windy days; so, I thought I'd give it a go with this particular twill. I qui…


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  • Raymondbulle

    There are several methods that people use using putty or cork plugs, but I wanted something I could use straight away, without waiting for something to cure or dry.

    The methods I came up with (i'm sure they've all been done before):

    1. Drill a hole straight through and thread it with some twine and add a snap swivel. Knot it up and away you go.






    2. Drill a hole straight through and thread it with a cable tie. You can either just cut the end off or add a snap swivel before cutting. You may have some slight difficulty in putting the cap back on the fishing pole with this method.








    3. Add a plastic end cap that already has a hole in it. Push it on and you're ready to go.

    I prefer number 3 as it is simple, clean and easy. And it looks nicer.













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  • Espiegel123

    Over the past month or so, I have spent a bit of time exploring garlands made using cotton twill tape a la Hisao Oono.


    As one can see from Mr. Oono's videos, one can create a quite tangle-resistant garland that does not require segmentation into individual looplets. This is very nice as it makes construction much less time-consuming than garlands that need a split ring and swivel for each individual looplet.

    Not knowing what twill tape to use, I ordered three varieties back in January: 1/4", 3/8" and 3/8" heavyweight. I had been told that anything wider than 1/8" up to about 1/2" should work.

    What I have found is that the 1/4" tape is very prone to foldovers. I have tried several methods to mitigate the issue and they do mitigate the issue, b…


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  • Espiegel123

    I noticed yesterday that adjusting the pH of a Dawn-based mix made with bottled mineral water did not result in the slightly cloudy/milky cast that mixes using tap water develop. The pre-adjustment pH was 8.5. It was adjusted down to 7.6 using citric acid. Diluting the same eGoo (my 2013/12/25 batch) with tap water developed the familiar slightly cloudy cast when the citric acid was added.

    For mix 1, I used Crystal Springs mineral water (because I needed the jug).

    For one gallon of juice, about 0.75 grams of citric acid was needed to adjust from 8.5 down to 7.6. This was 1/8 level teaspoon plus about another half of the 1/8 tsp measure (1/16th) of a teaspoon.

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  • Max T

    HEC bubbling

    March 30, 2014 by Max T

    This will be the blog post that will contain my experiences with the HEC bubbling.

    HEC = Hydroxyethylcellulose



    This is my first bubbling with HEC and the first bubbling in year 2014, yay!



    • Medium-size - Top string: Full-ply 1.2m (48") RubberMaid MicroFiber Webfoot, washed in the washing machine in detergent.
    • Medium-size - Bottom string: 1 ply 2.4m (95") cotton yarn, Soda washed. You can see my soda washing experiences here
    • Giant-size - Top string: Full-ply 2.54m (100") RubberMaid MicroFiber Webfoot, washed in the washing machine in detergent.
    • Giant-size - Bottom string: 1 ply 5.6m (220") cotton yarn, Soda washed.
    • HEC: Tylose H 200000 YP2
    • Recipe: Edward's HEC recipe
    • Weather:  +10C, 60-70% humidity, 10-11am following a misty morning, wind 0-2 m/s, sun…




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  • Espiegel123

    A few years ago, I spent time exploring highly concentrated bubble juice concentrates. eGoo was one of the fruits of that exploration and yields a concentrate that can be diluted 20:1 or more (though 14:1-17:1 are more frequently used). It is an easy recipe that can be altered slightly to make a concentrate of just about any strength. Such concentration is easy with high molecular weight PEO but not easy with polymers like HEC and guar gum which require much higher polymer concentrations -- which tend to be either unstable in the presence of soap. I have some nice 3:1 and 4:1 concentrates that are shelf-stable, but no super-concentrates that are nice and uniform.

    I have succeeded in making waterless guar concentrates in the past that work w…

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  • Espiegel123

    (Update March 20, 2014) I just spent a few minutes investigating. I gradually added salt to a 20:1 (water:detergent ratio) guar juice that had been fortified with PEO. Over the course of 10 minutes, I gradually added salt until 30 grams salt had been added to 2 liters of bubble juice with no infuence on the ghosting. This was pH-adjusted juice unlike the juice in the original session. It seems pretty certain that the high pH (or alkalinity) of the juice in the original session was responsible -- something I had not realized until after I had made the bubbles.

    ORIGINAL ENTRY: Does salt (sodium chloride) disrupt ghosting of detergens that normally ghost? It seems like that might be the case. Although, I have only a single anecdote so far -- a…

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  • Espiegel123

    My day job and being a parent has kept me too busy to do much bubble-related work for quite a while. I have been conducted some little explorations in bubble juice concentrate brewing over the past year or two that have not made their way onto the wiki or into posts to , but some of these odds and ends seem worth mentioning. I get a lot inquiries from people that are running into problems with making concentrates. Hopefully, these little odds-and-ends will help. They will eventually make their way into a real article.

    pH adjusters in concentrates. When I began making concentrates, in particular when I came up with eGoo, I (like everyone else) had an incomplete (or just plain wrong) idea of what baking soda/citric acid or baking powder did f…

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  • Megan P.75

    I've been meaning to write this entry for close to a year now.

    I've never seen anyone attach their loops quite the same way I do.  I've seen a lot of people asking about materials that dont snag or rust, and each time, I've thought to myself "jeez, I really need to add a blog about this!"  So, here it is...

    If you're using modified crappie poles, or other light weight fishing rods, chances are you've had to (like me) remove the thinnest end section of the pole, because it's just too flimsy.  This, of course, leaves you with nothing but a hollow tube at the end of your poles.  I've seen that a few people have used cable ties to attach a metal clip or a swivel etc. to the end section of similar poles, however, I wanted to make mine so that the…

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  • Wayneschmidt

    PEO and soap hate each other?

    Wayneschmidt


    I've been experimenting with varying J-lube and soap concentrations and discovered they appear to have an antagonistic relationship. High J-lube and low soap concentrates work, low J-lube and high soap concentrations work, but when I try high J-lube and high soap concentrations the bubbles don't last as long.


    Have you seen this relationship before?

    Thank you.

    Wayne Schmidt.


    Espiegel123


    To give a more informed response, some additional information would be helpful.

    Do you mean 3 teaspoons of J-Lube or 3 teaspoons of PEO?

    What size bubbles were these?

    How were they created?

    What was the environment and temperature humidity?

    How many bubbles did you create with each mix?

    Did you use any baking powder or baking so…





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  • Glowby

    This is how I started my bubbling net, using the netting needle (shuttle) method. For the full story, see my article, "Making a Bubbing Net"

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