Wiki member Wayne Schmidt has been logging his explorations on his own web site. I recommend reading through his page and following his journey.
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 are really important! Many people are skeptical about some of the information we have posted (largely the result of many hours of experimentation) because they are at odds with conventional wisdom (much of which has been based on folklore rather than experimentation). It was nice to see some of our key findings (which are fortunately becoming conventional wisdom) confirmed by someone that started out somewhat skeptical.
Wayne has also documented the imporance of how long you wait between dipping and and starting to make a bubble -- something that we hope to find the time to explore ourselves.
Favorite wick! For Wayne, the wick combination that worked best for him was:
- Top string: four of the fuzzy green strands from a Rubbermaid Web Foot Microfiber mop head very loosely braided together
- Bottom string: two lightly twisted strands of Rubbermaid #24 Finish Mop yarn