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  • Suizezem

    BubbleJuice and Jeans

    August 16, 2013 by Suizezem

    So this is a open question about BubbleJuice and Jeans.

    Today I realised that my shorts are falling apart. At first I just thought that it was because I have been using them alots this summer. Every day, sunny every day =) But today I realised that they are more or less falling apart where the bubblejuice are in contact with the fabric most.

    Anyone have a comment or idea about this?

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  • Espiegel123

    Just a quick check-in with some results that I want to share though I don't have time to write them up in detail at the moment.


    I final had a few minutes when conditions were good (62F and about 80% humidity and mild breeze) to use Mr. Oono's classic Charmy recipe along side my Charmy/Guar mix. I wanted to get a sense of whether the guar-based juice compared favorably or not to the classic.

    One shouldn't give too much credence to the results of one or two sessions, but, so far, my impression is that the guar-based mix (which actually uses less than half the detergent of the classic recipe) is comparable to the classic. I might even like it a bit more, but, as I said, I wouldn't give too much credence to a conclusion based on this little data…


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  • Bigjas

    Today, I received my order of Uncle Bubbles Concentrate (3 bottles). I am not sure how I want to use all of them yet,  but I am pretty sure at least one bottle will be used strictly for fun (maybe even some bubble sculpture). I am debating if I should use the other two bottles as a "benchmark solution" in the event I get more serious about mix designs. I do use a good quality 1/10 gram scale (need to get a 1/100 gram scale someday) to measure ingredient, but I am not so good at monitoring water temperatures or mixing times.

    For clarification, I will offer the following explination of "benchmark solution" as I use it in this context. Becuase there are so many uncontrolable variable when bubbling outside (temperature, humidity, wind speed and…

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  • Suizezem

    Cellulose amount

    August 12, 2013 by Suizezem

    After reading up on cellulose I realise that Im using a very small amount, I have still had some great bubbles but now mixing up with more cellulose and testing it all up again to see impact from baking powder, baking soda and citric acid.

    It seems to be some different kind of cellulose, or maybe just the name so heres some picture of what Im using.

    So its called wallpaper paste, made from high-density cellulose without any chemicals.










    It´s like granulates or small flakes.





    Maybe this makes some sense now. So if this is the same as others use then let me know.

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  • Espiegel123

    Today's brief test was the classic Mr. Oono recipe compared to a variant that had half the detergent normally used plus baking powder.

    The results surprised me. The baking powder mix was a real dud. With guar gum and Charmy, baking powder more than doubled the effective amount of detergent, making a 25:1 mix look like something around 10:1.

    The PVA laundry starch and baking powder did not get along. With a dimestore plastic wand, it was hard to blow bubbles. I got 1-4 colorless glossy bubbles per dip. It was as if there was very little detergent. With a tri-string (my standard 32" rayon / twine modular loops), it fared a little better but was much more finicky than the "classic" recipe.

    It was too windy to be too conclusive. I didn't get any …

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  • Suizezem

    So lets see, a few days ago I made some bubblejuice for testing. It was about citric acid and baking soda.

    Recepies:

    3 Different cellulose mixes was used it was:

    1 teaspoon, 1/2 tablespoon diluted with 200 ml water and 1 tablespoon diluted with 300 ml water. (cellulose (CMC from Lim and Handtryck wallpaper paste))

    1000ml of water

    50 grams sugar

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    1/2 teaspoon citric acid

    18 grams glycerol

    Mix and split in two, add 90 grams fairy in each and then add water for a totall weight of 1300-1400.

    Half was added with +2 tablespoons of baking soda.


    Second was as above without citric acid and then when split added +2 tablespoons of baking soda.



    At first I did not think it would be much of an issue to skip the citric acid, and well you can sk…


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  • Espiegel123

    It is possible to create long tubes and large free-floating bubbles even with relatively lightweight low-capacity wicks.



    Here is video of a session with pretty good conditions and a very lightweight loop. I didn't make any attempt to close most of the bubbles as I just wanted to get a feel for the capacity of the loop. Most of the bubbles are made using a standard guar-based bubble juice. This is great bubble juice, but there are bubble juices with much higher size potential. There are a few bubbles at the end made with HECP juice which has higher size potential (at least where tube length is considered).



    When exploring big bubbles, it is common for people to seek out highly absorbent material to use for their tri-strings. And, if their bubb…





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  • Suizezem

    So now I have two new batches of 3 * 2.

    It's based on the original recepie but as I had som bad effects when using more than one teaspon of cellulose I wanted to try it out again. Before I had only tried with 1.5 teaspon and already there I could notice some issues. Now I range from 1 tesp, 1/2 tablespoon and 1 tablespoon. Curious on the effects now.

    Layup is following:

    3 bottles from original recepie 1 teaspoon baking soda, with 0.5 tsp citric acid.

    3 bottles  +2 tablespoons of baking soda.


    3 bottles from original recepie without citric acid.

    3 bottles +2 tablespoons of baking soda.


    I don't actually know my self wich bottles that has citric acid or not and I will not check before Im done.

    So next update will be if theres a difference or not from …

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  • Suizezem

    Talking about some things with Espiegel123 I made some bubblejuice some days ago without sugar and without baking soda.

    Recepie tested:

    1 tsp cellulose

    1/2 tsp citric acid

    90 gr Fairy

    20 gr glycerol


    One was exactly as above and a secondary with added baking soda making it like the original (-45 grams of Fairy) recepie without sugar.

    This was a total failure with no possible way to get a bubble, not even a small one that I usually get for the small strings I have for kids.


    The secondary batch had one bottle of bubble mix with only +45 grams of fairy, no sugar or baking soda added, this one was pretty unstable, hard to get bubbles and not working well.

    With this secondary I also had bottle for control testing, this had +45 grams of fairy + 1 tsp of b…

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  • Bigjas

    A few weeks ago, I got to take some family, visiting from Texas, to one of my favorite places in Colorado - Independence Pass . I had hoped to attempt to bubble on top of the pass; at 12,095 ft, it is the highest paved road crossing the Continental Divide in the United States. Unfortunately, there was a lot of traffic that day, and I was not sure the weather would hold. The weather was not looking promising, and it can change rather quickly up there. So instead, we stopped a few miles from the summit and had a picnic lunch. I crossed the creek, and attempted to entertain them by bubbling from within the ruins of an old log cabin. The wind did not cooperate, and once the bugs found me, they invited all of their friends to join the feast. I …

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  • Suizezem

    I have been reading alots for one year now, reading recepies people have shared, reading about things I did not understand at all and with a learn by doing thinking I'm here today.

    Today I understand more, want to try more and can understand what I'm reading, at least more. I have a plan for my mix that I have today, I know where I want it and hopefully other people here can give me comments for changes.

    The recepie that Im using now, work in progress:

    Fairy Expert 90 grams for big, 45 grams for smaller big *2

    High grade cellulose 1 tsp + 200 ml water, stir and let sit for at least 10 minutes (cellulose (CMC from Lim and Handtryck wallpaper paste))

    Sugar 50 grams

    Glycerol 18 grams

    Baking soda 1 tsp

    Citric acid 1/2 tsp

    Water 1000 ml lukewarm

    At the m…

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  • Espiegel123

    Today, I have just a quick update about some Charmy explorations done since I last checked in. Details will come in another blog post.

    1. Sodium citrate does not have the potentiating effect (at least with the Charmy/Guar recipe) that baking powder or baking soda + citric acid does. The pH of the solution with sodium citrate was 8.5 (which is the same as without sodium citrate when using my tap water).
    2. Citric acid seems to have the same potentiating effect in a Charmy/Guar juice as  that baking powder or baking soda + citric acid. I added small amounts of citric acid to a Charmy/Guar/Tap Water mix (25:1 water:Charmy) until the pH was 7.4 which was the same as the pH of the baking soda + citric acid mix. The film color looked the same as with th…
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  • Espiegel123

    Quick summary: baking soda/citric acid has a profound effect on a Guar/Charmy mix even when distilled water is used.


    (Note: I plan on an article summarizing the week's explorations with more illustrations and video. These quick notes are being posted while some of the thoughts are fresh in my mind.)

    This week, I have spent a brief period each day exploring bubble juice with a Charmy and guar gum base (1000 grams water, 40 grams Charmy, 1.5 ml guar gum powder). Because this combination is so sensitive to the addition of baking soda/citric acid or baking powder, I have wanted to use it to explore some of the issues/questions regarding these additives that have come up during the time during which I have been advocating their use.

    Many questions…


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  • Bigjas

    A Most Unusual Bubble

    July 29, 2013 by Bigjas

    I believe this is the most unusual bubble I have made to date, and it is definitely the most unusual one captured on film. My son snapped a few photos while I was bubbling for three of my grandsons, who were visiting from out of state (his camera's date/time stamp was off). This particular dip was the only time where anything even remotely like this has occurred. Weather conditions are usually less than favorable here; on this day, it was probably in the high 80's to low 90's. The humidity was likely increasing due to approaching scattered afternoon thunderstorms, and the wind was beginning to pick up. I was using a fresh batch of Edward's basic guar mix; the tri-string had a 100" 4 ply finish top string and a single ply bottom.

    The photo a…

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  • Tomanjanosdettk

    I'm just noting something here, what I observed a few minutes ago.

    The recipe order what I used last week (I'm a biginner without much experience):

    -isopropanol slurry (~20ml) with guar (2g/l), baking soda (1g/l) and citric acid (0.5g/l).

    -add detergent (250-450ml, but it contains more water than Dawn - required amount is under development in the first experimental matrix) and wait for the foaming to calm down a little

    -add the mix to hot water (~1l), and mix for a few minutes

    -pour the watered mix to the 5l container filled about half with warm, but not hot water

    -rinse the mixing containers into the large container with warm water

    -mix a little, by turning upside-down a few times, wait for the foam to sit (during the night), then in the morning…

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  • Espiegel123

    I had a few minutes to do a test to see how Charmy performs as a Dawn substitute in the 'standard' guar mix. I started with a 25:1 water:Charmy ratio. 1/4 heaping teaspoon guar/liter water with NO baking powder or baking soda/citric acid.

    The mix worked well. The bubbles had the specatacular ghostless 'vapor pop' that we see in Mr. Oono's charmy/pva laundry starch recipe. The colors tended to the red/green range -- indicating that Charmy is a somewhat weaker surfactant than Dawn Pro. 25:1 is probably too little Charmy. The colors were reminescent of somewhere in the 35:1 - 40:1 range. This may have impacted the size potential.





    I compared to the standard Mr. Oono recipe. The Oono recipe resulted in much longer tubes and many more bubbles per…




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  • Tomanjanosdettk

    Hello Reader,

    I'm starting a blog here, where I can write my process of developing soap bubbles and every necessary tools in Hungary.

    I'm going to use the metric system, because I'm a european scientist and it just makes sense.

    One of the aims is to check the science behind the things what are already known and what are not. For example testing the degradation of J-lube by measuring the molar mass with mass spectroscopy, developing some kind of viscosity test and measure these on long terms (some of the powder kept at room temperature, some of it kept in the fridge).

    Another one is checking the science behind the baking soda, citric acid pH-puffer(?).

    Checking the necessary amount of detergent when using Jar, which is a Procter&Gamble product, …

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  • Espiegel123

    I spent a few minutes today continuing the Charmy/Dawn Pro evaluations. Today's conclusion is that Charmy (like Dawn Pro), is capable of making colorful bubbles at 50:1 water:detergent dilution with the longevity setup. Also, the ghostless pops of Mr. Oono's bubbles is related to the surfactants in Charmy. Bubble juice made with Dawn Pro substituted for Charmy in Mr. Oono's recipe had ghosts whereas the Charmy recipe results in total vaporization -- even at the bottom of the bubble. The Dawn Pro/PVA Starch/Glycerine/Water ghosts were possibly slightly less pronounced than with Dawn Pro and other polymers. The ghosts were not awful with Dawn but there were obvious clumps at the bottom of large bubbles when they broke that one does not see w…

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  • Espiegel123


    At long last, I have an opportunity to try mix up a Hisao Oono's great bubble juice. For a year or so, I searched for the ingredients here in the SF Bay Area where we have a sizable enough Japanese population that there are quite a few Japanese supermarkets stocked solely with Japanese products. However, neither of the critical ingredients (PVA-containing laundry starch and Charmy dishwashing liquid) are to be found. I was able to confirm earlier this year with Charmy's manufacturer that their distributor does not export to the US.

    A Japanese friend was kind enough to bring back two bottles of orange-scented Charmy and one bottle of PVA laundry starch.

    10 a.m. Last night, I mixed up a half-recipe of Mr. Oono's bubble juice.

    With a small plast…


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  • Dinosoapier

    Soap science

    July 22, 2013 by Dinosoapier


    What i encountered on Youtube:

    Enthusiastic!

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  • Dinosoapier

    Short movie

    July 8, 2013 by Dinosoapier

    Just made a highly viscous solution, picked some light and focused the camera in angle.

    Enjoy!

    Maik

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  • Megan P.75

    Inspired by Francois's recent tip, about using a kiddie pool for a mold to make a KIB moat, I decided to try building one in a similar fashion.  Instead of an inflatable pool, however, I build my reverse mold using a pair of foam pool noodles, taped together at both ends, to create a circle, which I then wrapped in cellophane (for easy release) and then covered with three layers of drywall tape. I set the wrapped noodles on top of a 38x38" piece of compressed 1/8" hardboard from Home Depot and used liquid fiberglass resin (applied with a 2" paint brush) to cover the noodles. I used three layers, allowing each one several hours to fully dry before applying the next.  Once i felt satisfied that the fiberglass was sturdy enough, I used a drem…

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  • Glowby

    Here's an easy recipe for giant bubbling, made with stuff you can find at most supermarkets. This is on the card I'm currently handing out to folks who say Hi! and ask about home brewed bubble solutions. It really works. It's based on Brian Lawrence's easy recipe here and works great fresh mixed.

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    Giant Bubbles with Supermarket Stuff


    1. Fill a clean gallon jug with warm water, then pour out and discard 2 1/4 cups (18 oz) of it.
    2. Squeeze 1 tube (4 oz) of water-based personal lubricant (K-Y jelly, Wal-Mart's Equate, etc) into a 2+ cup measuring glass.
    3. Beat a tablespoon of water from the jug into the lube. Then another.
    4. Using larger dashes of water, continue unti…

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  • Megan P.75

    :)

    June 13, 2013 by Megan P.75

    ah-ha!  I found it..

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  • Glowby


    How To Make a Glowbubbler

    I sort of stumbled across idea when I was searching the dollar store for simple cheap plastic rings with 6 or 7 inch diameters. I had an idea for a rig that was difficult for little kids to tangle badly. It turns out that your average 22 inch glow necklace makes a 7 inch loop.

    Too many times, I've been in the parks sharing the bubbling experience, and seen the frustration of those Very Little Kids who want to make big bubbles like Sis, Bro, Mom, or Dad, but can't control a tri-string. Plus, no matter how tiny I build them, it's very easy for them to create a tangled mess in just the blink of an eye.

    Night or day, glow or no, this thing is tough to tangle. It's made for dipping in the big bowls along with Sis, Bro, Mo…


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  • Espiegel123

    There has been some talk on SBF [1] [2] [3]  of sodium alginate (which is derived from kelp) being a useful polymer for bubble juice -- especially for making bubbles in dry conditions. It has a wide variety of gastronomic applications from acting as  foam stabilizer for beer, making spheres with a thin gel skin and liquid center to jelly candies and more.

    I have had some S.A. for a few years because of my interest in molecular gastronomy (a phrase I hate). A few weeks ago, I mixed up some sodium alginate and water and added it to some diluted eGoo. I haven't had much time to make bubbles. I did a quick test on a day with 50% humidity but changeable conditions due to a shifty breeze. I couldn't drawn any conclusions. The solution with S.A. m…

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  • Espiegel123

    I have been exploring some new 100" top-string setups and refining my HEC-based mix (my preferred mix is now 20:1 water:detergent with 2.3 grams HEC -- either Natrosol 250HHR or CelloSize QP100MH) plus baking soda and citric acid.


    I have had nice results with a RubberMaid microfiber webfoot top-string and just a single strand of twine for the bottom or a strand of twine and a strand of bamboo yarn. I want try a slightly higher capacity bottom (maybe two strands of twine) with a higher-capacity top.

    Here are some vids of this setup:

    Here is a giant bubble with just a single twine strand for the bottom.

    http://youtu.be/bbOfbi3MLpE

    Here is a giant that I didn't manage to close but which I found beautiful. I have slowed down the bubble so it can be…


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  • Espiegel123

    I have been playing around with the soda-washed Bed, Bath and Beyond cooking twine as the bottom strings for 100" top-string loops whose top strings are usually full-ply rayon mop yarn or webfoot microfiber mop yarn (both from RubberMaid). I have been impressed by the size potential with a strand of this twine. I have been able to make bubbles (closed ones) that rival the biggest I have made. I have made bigger bubbles with a single oversized strand of rayon (which seems to hold a bit more juice than the twine and is more self-closing at this size when empty), a double-strand rayon bottom and t-shirt yarn bottom. I have been thinking that I would like to try both a double-strand of twine and a twine/bamboo yarn combination to see if it wou…

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  • Espiegel123

    A few weeks ago, cut 3 130" lengths from a spool of the Bed, Bath and Beyond Twine that I purchased in 2012 (the 17 unfluffy thread kind). 

    All three strands were soaked in water and Dawn Pro in the sink for an hour, rinsed and hung to dry.

    The remaining two twine lengths were simmered/boiled for 30 minutes.

    Both of those lengths were hung to dry.

    One of those strands was soaked for 30 minutes in 1 tablespoon washing soda and 8 ounces water then rinsed and air dried.

    The final length of the strings was 118" for the unboiled twine. The other two strings were 110".

    The strands were marked with different colors using colored permanent markers (red, green, and blue Sharpies) and then tied to make a loop. Split rings were attached with lark's head kn…

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  • NickKane8

    Saving old juice

    January 27, 2013 by NickKane8

    I often love to save old juice, but now my taste for quality is killing me when it comes to the stuff. In the past old juice would be much better then new but now as my mixes are getting more complex now my shelf life has shrunk. No real tests done, just the overall impression I get. I used to make simple mixes around 12 to 15 dilution solutions with just KY, or some J-lube, and baking powder, but now I have started using BLM and using citric acid and now when I re-use the bubbles are no good. Another factor may be that my BLM is aged too. I only made one batch back in OCT and it lasts me a long time for I only bubble about once a week. It is FEB now, perhaps time to freshen up the polymers? Any tips or old save the good old stuff info sen…

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  • Espiegel123

    NOTE TO THE READER-August 2017: I have fixed a few typos recently reported by Grandpop Bubbles. This blog dates from a period when I was first coming to understand the relationships between longevity, dilution, and color. This is a snapshot of where my understanding was at the time and does not necessarily represent my current best understanding (which is reflected in the wiki articles themselves).

    (INCOMPLETE) Not quite a year ago, I started exploring the impact of water:detergent ratios on bubble juice and posted my first blog entry about the topic . The explorations were eye-opening, at least to me. I had intended to have frequent blog entries with updates as my explorations progressed. I never managed to do that. This entry summarizes m…

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  • Espiegel123

    Since I am a bit space-challenged, I like using concentrates -- even better super-concentrates (like eGoo) if they work. I can mix up enough concentrate or super-concentrate to make many gallons of juice in the same time that it takes to mix a gallon of ready-to-go juice.

    PEO. PEO-based super-concentrates are easy. PEO is so potent that you need very little extra water to make a stable uniform super-concentrate. However, even with PEO a waterless concentrate doesn't work out. You get a nice slurry but it will separate out after a few days.

    GUAR. As readers of the blog know, guar-based juice will stratify into layers if there is not enough water in the mix. I have made some stable concentrates but no stable super-concentrates. I am currently …

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  • Glowby

    Building a Simple Tri-string Bubbling Rig

    This is one way to build a simple tri-string bubbling rig, using easy-to-find materials.


    Materials:

    2 4-foot, 3/8 inch poplar dowels
    137 inches of 100% cotton cooking twine
    2 1-inch wooden dowel caps with 3/8 inch holes
    1 15/16 inch split ring

    Here in the U.S., the best cooking twine can be found at Bed Bath & Beyond. I found the dowel caps and split rings at Hobby Lobby. The dowels from my local Menards are generally less crooked than Home Depot's (not that it matters much).


    1. Measure and cut a piece of twine 137 inches in length.


    2. Wet the twine with water, and pull the length of it through a thumb and forefinger. Hold your arms up high and keep the ends apart as you do this, so that the ends can dangle…









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  • Espiegel123

    Followers of the blog, may recall that I am interested in super-concentrates (like eGoo). If they can be made to work, they are very convenient. In the same amount of time as it takes to make a gallon of "fresh" juice, you can make enougn concentrate to make tens of gallons of juice, and they take up relatively little storage space.

    So far, PEO-based super-concentrates are the only ones that have been succesful for me. I have made concentrates for HEC and guar-based mixes but nothing that I would call super-concentrated. (Guar super-concentrates tend to result in a separate guar layer that becomes increasingly hard to re-incorporate as time goes on).

    SBF's scorpiochickie mentioned that she has had success making a guar-based concentrate that…

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  • Espiegel123

    I shouldn't draw too many conculsions from a single session. But it is looking like HEC-based juice can get results every bit as good as the Bangwool juice that was such such an eye-opener this past fall. This morning there were almost ideal conditions and the HEC juice was the clear winner in a shootout. The bubbles were easier to close, lasted longer and were just as colorful. The Bangwool juice has one really nice characteristic: almost ghostless popping but not that super-cool disappearing into fine mist that Hisao Oono's mix does.

    I will try to get some video posted soon.

    Conditions: 48-50F. Humidity: 85-90% RH. Overcast. Very slight breeze.


    VIDEO


    RECIPE - CONCENTRATE

    This recipe is still under development. So, it isn't yet listed on the r…



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  • NickKane8

    Kid in bubble lessons

    December 25, 2012 by NickKane8

    I was testing a kid in a bubble from the bottom up where you have them stand in a pan in a kiddie pool. I have used 12 to 1 mixes with just baking poweder but wanted a more durable mix or bubble in bubble life so I tried it with the guar mix done by the book and it closed up to fast. That is to say, by the time I lift the giant hoop, the bottom of the bubble touching the water is shrinking so fast it hits the pan the kid is in. I have done this with success using BLM and a 13 water to 1 Dawn detregent mix and a hot water 20 to 1 Joy mix with baking powder.

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  • NickKane8

    BLM vs Guar testing..

    December 24, 2012 by NickKane8

    I love testing two mixes against each other at the same time with the same wands. I made two of the recipies by the book exactally as decribed on this site with no vartiation. http://soapbubble.wikia.com/wiki/BLM (12 parts tap water to 1 part Dawn pro manual pot and pan), testing against http://soapbubble.wikia.com/wiki/Recipes_Guar_EAS (gycerine surry, citric acid and baking powder as directed). No pics but the verdict is.. GUAR by FAR! Both big bubbles and small guar outlasted the BLM based mix for both 52 inch top sting bubbles and small 3 inch wands.

    Next will test egoo vrs guar, then on to text a xanthum gum vrs guar mix.

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  • Glowby

    Glowby's BLM Mixing Procedures

    December 13, 2012 by Glowby

    These are my current procedures for making BLM (Brian's Lube Mix) - that powerful and superbly effective additive for giant bubble solutions. Many thanks to BLM's creator, Brian Lawrence, for sharing his recipe and helping enable so many people to create and enjoy truly GIANT bubbles.

    Please see Brian's recipe for the real deal.

    I hope that by describing this recipe in a different way and with extra detail, I might help those who are just learning to make BLM feel more confident with their first steps. I don't claim this is the best way to make it, but it works for me and gives consistent results.

    This recipe makes 1 quart (32 oz) of BLM - enough for about 10 gallons of bubble juice. Ingredients are as follows:

    • Distilled water: 32-40 ounces (…
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  • NickKane8

    Best Bubbling Experiences

    December 9, 2012 by NickKane8

    Often my best bubble experiences are not parties or in parks or beaches with many people but rather times when people didn't expect to see magic. This is why one of my favorite places to bubble is from my fire escape at night.

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  • Espiegel123

    Just a quick note. I have probably mentioned this before. I have been finding that "really large" loops have different juice demands than even "pretty large" loops. Since I haven't been looking for this, I don't know exactly (or even vaguely) where the break actually occurs. What I can say is that under very nice bubbling conditions where I can make long tubes (30 or 40 feet or longer) and and large closed bubbles that last a reasonably long time (more than 20 seconds on average and up to a couple of minutes -- even for quite large bubbles with 5 or 6 foot diameters) that I can have great success with my 70" and 75" top-string loops but only occasional success with my 100" top-string loops.

    When I do close super-giants, their life expectanc…

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  • Espiegel123

    I have had a few sessions the past few weeks that have me rethinking some of what I thought I new about dilutions. When I started investigating higher-dilution mixes (on the order of 25:1 to 50:1), I noted that there was a dramatic improvement in bubble color when using ? water:Dawn Pro dilutions around 25:1 with improvement in longevity little or no impact on size. At the time that I was exploring this (Spring and early Summer 2012), I was mostly using 32"-48" top-string loops with some sessions making use of a 70-75" top-string loop.







    Large loops and dilution? Lately, as you may know, I have been exploring much larger loops -- mostly a 100" or so top-string wand as I am not very proficient yet with a 120" top-string.

    Recently, I started usi…







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  • Espiegel123

    Every once in a while, another bubblehead will mention that sometimes during the course of a session their mix seems to get a lot more viscous towards the end and stops working until they add more water. I have always been puzzled by this because I haven't experienced it myself but a lot of people have mentioned it.

    One possible explanation is ingredients settling out. I have seen casually mixed polymers settle out slightly. But this seems to happen for people that are very careful in their mixes using bubble juice that shows no signs of settling when left for days or weeks in the bottle. So, it is not likely that over the course of a couple of hours that the polymers are settling out.

    Evaporation has been suggested but that also seems unlikel…

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  • AkJay

    Cold Weather Juice

    November 9, 2012 by AkJay

    Experiments on what works best for me. I will try to test a variety of mixes and post the results here.

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  • Bullefrancois

    a garland simply

    November 5, 2012 by Bullefrancois

    Following the great garland Kevin Reynolds, I made a garland super fast when needed. For that I use the cotton rope. a tissue glue. a needle and thread.

    I put a bead of glue






    I put a bead on the other, the glue take immediately.





    in a few minutes a wreath, a garland







    glue resists washing, but for safety, I put stitching between each loop.

    see you soon

    A bientôt

    francois {*.*}

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  • Espiegel123

    Since I am quickly running out of my Dow Cellosize QP100MH HEC and have a supply of a few different types of Natrosol 250, I have been mixing up some HEC-based juice  using the Natrosol in search of the right amounts of each. Natrosol 250 comes in a variety of viscosities. I have already found that 250HHR (the most viscous formulation) works nearly as well as the QP100MH when substituted on a 1:1 basis.

    Since 250HR, the least viscous of the 250 series, is pretty widely found, I figured that I should explore that next. I mixed up a batch using 1.5:1 (Natrosol for QP100MH) substitution. While I haven't measured the viscosity, the resulting juice seemed a lot more viscous than the "standard" QP100MH juice.

    With a small dimestore wand, I was get…

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    Today is a busy day -- lots of work to be done -- but I couldn't resist the foggy conditions. So, I went outside to do a quick test with a couple of 100" top-string loops and some mixes that I haven't tried with large loops under conditions like these. Given how great the HEC-based mixes have worked lately, I was excited to see how eGoo and a guar mix would do.

    I mixed up a 16.5:1 (water:concentrate) eGoo mix with some added baking soda and citric acid, and a guar quick mix with 1/4 heaping teaspoon Bob's Red Mill Guar Gum per liter water, 1/2 heaping teaspoon baking powder, and 40 grams Dawn Pro per liter.

    The loops were 100" top-strings. One was webfoot microfiber top with 2-strand rayon bottom. The other was a full-ply rayon mop yarn top …

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  • Espiegel123

    A year or two ago, I had a lot of fun making bubbles with HEC-based recipes . Despite what many people had said, I found a good HEC mix could create giant bubbles on a part with PEO-based mixes. Surprisingly, I found (as did a few others) that under some mysterious conditions, HEC-based mixes could work considerably better than PEO-based mixes. There have been several times when, despite conditions looking good on paper, my best PEO juice could not make a bubble, but an HEC juice worked well. I have wondered if this is possibly related to charged particles in the air such as some kinds of pollen that have a particular polarity. Perhaps, HEC and PEO juice have different sensitivities based on particle ionization (but maybe not).

    I spent a lo…

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  • Espiegel123

    This page will be for lab notebook notations (which may be sketch) to detail various attempts to find a 'ghost busting' additive or additives other than purchased bubble juice -- which seems to work quite well. (See this related blog entry .) I apologize for the sketch nature of the write-ups. Limited time prevents me from extensive investigation or blogging at this time. But, perhaps, a few minutes at a time, I may capture some data that will either shed light OR save someone else time reproducing my own failures.

    2012 10 12

    It has been noted that when Mr. Bubbles is added to homebrew juice that a few things happen. Ghosts are reduced or eliminated and bubbles pop with a whoosh rather than silently.

    I recalled from past experiments that when…

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    Ghost Busters

    October 9, 2012 by Espiegel123

    I had the great fortune to spend an afternoon with Louis Pearl , Amazing Bubble Man, who, besides putting on a great show, has a lot to say about bubbles. He mentioned that he often uses a mixture of homemade bubble juice and Mr. Bubbles. I asked him what characteristics Mr. Bubbles brings to the mix that can't be brought to the mix adjusting its primary constituents (detergent, water, and polymer). It is something that I have wondered about. When I ask some people, they tell me that it makes the juice more self-healing which puzzles me because if anything I am often trying to make my juice less self-healing. Others have mentioned characteristics which I (perhaps mistakenly) think of as properties that can be altered by changing the balanc…

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  • Espiegel123

    When I first started bubbling, I bought a lot of different types of cotton twine as I had seen Keith Johnson mention that he made his tri-strings from braided butcher's twine. I wasn't sure what counted as butcher's twine, so I bought lots of balls of cotton twin -- mostly at hardware and grocery stores. Most of them worked pretty well, some better than others--then I noticed the cooking twine at Bed, Bath and Beyond when I was looking for something else. I bought a cone of it and fell in love with it. It held a lot of juice for its weight and released it nicely. I made 2, 3 and 4 strand cords from it (preferring the 3-strand version).

    A few months ago, I ran out of it and went to Bed, Bath and Beyond to buy some more. I found the same size…

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