Introduction: GIANT Bubble Blower

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had enough of those puny little bubbles you can blow with those store bought sticks...

well now ill show you how to easily make bubbles 2m in diameter easily and BIGGER! for under $3


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for this instructable you will need

2 peices of dowling/ bamboo ( i used 1m peices)

1 spool of string (any string will do as long as it is slightly absorbent and not woolen)

1 roll of tape (i used gaffa tape)

Step 2: First String

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you will need a piece of string just larger than the peice of dowling you are using.

tie one end of this string to a peice of dowling and the other end to the other peice of dowling approximatley 1cm from the top.

Step 3: Tying String #2

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you will need a peice of string just larger than the length of you forearm.

tie one end of the string to the bottom of forst peice of dowling and the other end to the other peice of dowling both approx 2cm from the base.

Step 4: Tying String #3

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for this you will need a peice of string just larger than 2 lengths of one of the poles you are using.

tie one end of the string about 1cm away from the pole onto the first peice of string you tied. tie the other end the same way.

Step 5: Bubble Mix

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now you have made your bubble blower, you now have to make you bubble mix. i have found using a dish washing liquid in a 3:1 ration of water:liquid produces the best bubbles.

however if you are willing to go the extra mile for you bubble you can use 1.5 gallons of boiling water dissolved in, half a teaspoon of J-lube, a small tube (4.5 ounces) of surgical lube and a 1/4 cup of glycerine (99.5% pure), 16 ounces of dishwasher liquid, 1/2 a cup of manual dishwashing liquid.
see its hard but if you are willing to spend the money on them it should give you self-healing bubbles which means you can blow smaller bubbles inside the big one, and they are stronger.

Step 6: ENJOY!

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now with a little bit of practice you will be blowing giant bubbles.

i would advise using the tape to secure down the four peices of string on your dowling so they dont come off. and also the string on the botom of the dowling is merly for practice purposes you can take it off in the future i simply had mine there to stop me from making the top rope taught and popping the bubbles.

to form the membrane to start blowing you bubbles simply pull the sticks appart so that a small triangle is formed in the middle of it and then widne as you bubble blows.

the best way to do it is to either walk with it, or let the wind do it for you. remember to pull the string out so there is no hole in the loop to start with then slowly open the loop to make big bubbles. Also to detach the bubble simple close the loop.

NOTE: the string on the bottom is only for training reasons, it is not nescesary to the design its just there to stop you pulling the sticks to far appart.

Added information from other big bubble enthusiasts;

The string should be something that absorbs a good deal of solution, I tend to use upholstery edging. Also I have found that a weight in the center of the hanging material provides easier use when there is a breeze and that a couple of knots about 2 inches below the attach points to the dowels allow for easier separation once the bubble has formed and you close it.


hieuwey (author)2012-10-26

I have a question...

when you say "16 ounces of dishwasher liquid, 1/2 a cup of manual dishwashing liquid", what is the difference?

can you clarify what is dishwasher liquid and manual dishwashing liquid?


poknik (author)2012-06-25

the kids are waiting...

wmkcross (author)2012-05-01

here is one of many youtube videos

parmendil (author)2010-08-26

Can you put a video so we can figure it out how you do the bubbles?

Aron313 (author)parmendil2011-12-21

I agree! Video please!

renailee (author)2008-11-26

An easy bubble solution that I have found works well is 10 parts water: 1 part liquid detergent : 0.25 glycerine ( 1 litre of water, 100ml detergent, 25ml glycerine) The bubbles retain their shape with this solution!

Bubbleguy (author)renailee2011-11-15

The 10:1:.25 ( parts water:detergent:glyc) recipe Renaliee suggests is fine for baseball sized bubbles. Maybe a bit bigger on days with high humidity.

It would never work to make satisfactory bubbles with the set-up described in this instructable.

Minimum, you need the higher percentage of detergent as described.

To get the biggest bang our of your bubble efforts, include the polymers suggested.

10:1:.25 was the standard recipe developed sometime decades ago. We have learned a lot about how to supersize our super performing bubbles since then.

If someone is going to make a try-string rig like this, they might as well brew-up a solution capable of making bubbles that will rock their world.

In my opinion.

llauren (author)2008-06-17


Would it be possible for anyone to make a quick translation of the bubble recipe into culturally neutral English? What is J-lube (and surgical lube)?

I'll pitch in by translating the volumes:
1.5 US gallons = approx 5.7 liter,
4.5 ounces = 1.33 deciliter,
16 ounces is just below half a liter (0.47 l),
1/4 cup is nearly 0.6 deciliter.

Having kids who spill their bubble solution (don't they all), it would be fun to make their own!

eulaliaaaa! (author)llauren2009-11-08

Wow.  The metric system and all that what-not is very confusing.  I mean,  four and a half ounces is 1.33 deciwhatameanerif?  How would you measure that!?!  In America, we have straight numbers instead of all that 6.53147 and the 4.578km and 15.1234567890 and the old 7.55 and all that.

dobos111 (author)eulaliaaaa!2010-08-26

are you kidding? the metric system is SO MUCH MORE LOGICAL. 1 kilometer = 1000 meters 1 meter = 10 decimeters 1 decimeter = 100 millimeters 1 meter = 1000 millimeters water boils at 100 degrees celsius and freezes at 0 degrees celsius. They all relate to each other perfectly numerically and by the actual words NOW THE US SYSTEM 1 mile = 5280 feet 1 yard = 3 feet 12" = 1 foot then you start talking fractions for partial inches? 3/32" is just a little bigger than1/16" - you'd never know by looking at those numbers. now we talk about ounces, and cups, and gallons which dont convert logically either Water boils at 212 degrees fahrenheit and freezes at 32 degrees? Where is the logic with that?

merijnvw (author)dobos1112010-08-26

I totally agree with dobos111

laxap (author)merijnvw2010-08-26

I'm a metric system lover!

The metric system has more beauty and practicality, whereas the imperial system has more history...

But in the end, for the daily life, it's a matter of habit.

MediaMarc (author)laxap2010-08-27

Fully agree with Dobos111 And I prefer to refer to both systems as the Imperial and the Rebel system.. =D

greasyjesus (author)MediaMarc2011-04-28

i fully agree that the metric system is more practical, but I have no intrest in using it. i learned the imperial system, and it works fine. i have no problems working with metric, so its good where it is. the only purpose to having both is so we can argue their faults on the internet. which I am also okay with....

GameNox (author)greasyjesus2011-04-30

Anything metric makes so much sense i mean 32 degress farenheight at the water frezzing point?

sneakyparasol (author)merijnvw2010-08-30

fully agree! also america is the only place in the world where imperial is still used. what's practical about that?

spenfisher12 (author)eulaliaaaa!2010-08-24

i dont hate the metric system i just like ours better

nailed (author)spenfisher122010-08-26

ILLEGAL DRUGS : The only reason Americans know and/or use the Metric Syst.

emerson.john (author)nailed2010-09-03

How do you use the metric system in illegal drugs?

spenfisher12 (author)nailed2010-08-31

not tru i use mm and cm for things how are these used in drugs

michaelkaer (author)nailed2010-08-26

We all know that an OZ is 28.3 grams, but it gets rounded to 28 grams. Even with metric there is rounding up or down.

Saturn V (author)spenfisher122010-08-24

Aggreed. I use metric when going for accuracy, because they have millimeters. Otherwise, I use the American system.

spenfisher12 (author)Saturn V2010-08-24

same here

gourd (author)eulaliaaaa!2010-08-23

FYI When you take a recipe in one system and try to convert it to another, that's when you get all of these crazy numbers. If you are dealing with a "native" Metric measurement, it would be in powers of 10, for example, 1.3 deciliters = 13 centiliters = 130 milliliters = .13 liters. It's a lot easier to convert within metric, since it is always powers of 10. Where as in U.S. measurements, we have to know that there are 8 oz in a cup, 32 cups in a gallon, but for some dumb reason, 3 teaspoons in 1 tablespoon. And how many tablespoons are there in an ounce? For what it's worth, I think both systems are great, and we should all learn both.

pcolapaddler (author)gourd2010-09-01

That would be 16 cups in a gallon ... cup = 8oz pint = 16oz quart = 32ox half-gallon=64oz gallon=128oz I have used metric, US... grew up on US measurement. Fractions, & decimal conversion make sense to me - many years in auto, machinery repair... fraction & decimal conversion used to bounce from my head. Metric not so much. Its not unlike language. Different languages offer different challenges. One will be comfortable with their native language. Others may be learned, but often they will require more effort.

Saturn V (author)gourd2010-08-24

My theory for the non-metric measurments: We like a good challenge!

natman3400 (author)Saturn V2010-08-26

YA. America was built on challenges. I use metric when it is suited, but i use the american when it is convenient for others. I was raised on both, and can convert between the two with ease.

eulaliaaaa! (author)gourd2010-08-23

Hmmm... true.

supercell09 (author)llauren2011-04-29

J-lube is the lubricant vets use to pregnancy test cows.
Surgical lube is used by gynaecologist for similar prcedures....

tomytaka (author)llauren2008-06-23

+1 I am not a native english speaker and I very often fail to follow instructions on instructables due to the language barrier. Very sad since there are so many cool designs to make here! I hope instructables could put together a "component encyclopedia" with english synonyms, terms from other languages and large pictures of each thing. If instructables added links to large online stores where the components could be bought then instructables could use it as a stream of revenue too.

GreenMangone (author)tomytaka2010-08-26

Sounds like a good idea and one that could maybe be your instructable! Go for it!

Safemac (author)2011-01-14

Thanks for a good Instructible. It helps remembering the various proportions.
1] the 'aging' period, a day to a week allows the polymers in the soap to fully absorb water

2] The taps is called "gaffer" tape, after the lead electrician on movie sets (actually comes from an English term for an older man. True gaffer tape is a cloth backed, very strong tape also known colloquially as '100 Mile-an-hour tape" in the US military. This is to differentiate it from 'duct' or 'duck' (brand name tape, which has a lesser strength and adhesion.

Pardon my OCD

GrammerCheck (author)2008-06-14

"I" before "E" except after "C". Easily remembered: A piece of PIE. Nice instructions, tho!

mysss (author)GrammerCheck2010-08-28

WEIrd how such a scIEntific-sounding axiom doesn't actually hold for all words, eh?

sincdn (author)2010-08-28

J lube is a water based lubricant, I searched on Google and came up with some unneeded information.

tw2sheds (author)2010-08-26

Give him 2.5 cm and he'll take 1.609344 km lacks a certain ring.

vwluvrs (author)2010-08-26

vwluvrs (author)2010-08-26

From the Exploratorium Web Page.................. Mix up a bubble solution of 2/3 cup (160 ml) Dawn™ dishwashing liquid and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) glycerine in one gallon (3.8 l) of water. We have found that more durable bubbles form if you let this solution age for at least a day, preferably for a week.

joegiampaoli (author)2010-08-26

I don't understand why it's so hard for a lot of you to usethe metric system. This should be taught in grade school from the start. The metric system is 26 times more precise than the english system (because there are 26 millimiters in an inch), ask any engineer especially those who have to work with precision, like designing jet engines, but apart from that just look at your currency, IT IS BASED IN METRIC SYSTEM! How many cents to a dollar? That is pretty metric to me. so when you say a quarter that means .25

PyromanX (author)joegiampaoli2010-08-26

Millimiter: A very small saw. ;) Not trying to be a grammer nazi, just thought it was funny.

Chanio (author)2010-08-21
This video might help:
Pizzapie500 (author)2010-05-21

Dowels you mean?

Stevioberosona (author)2009-07-26

Boiling water dissolved in a half a teaspoon of something? Something didn't type quite right. Could you post and clarify the cool self-healing bubble recipie? And suggest something to dip in, e.g. a baby pool? Spare dog dish?
I read:
1.5 gallons of boiling water <--Isn't deionized water better?
1/2 t J-lube mentioned, possibly from a Veterinary Supplier, but since it's good for laughs and explains the boiling water, here's what Google shared:
4.5 oz. (small tube) surgical lube (n.b. it's aqueous and saline neutral so it 'does no harm' ...KY is half mineral oil, half water
1/4 cup of glycerine (99.5% pure)
16 oz. dishwasher liquid <--FTW caustic stuff like Liquid Cascade or Sunlight?
1/2 C. manual dishwashing liquid <--okaaay, plain stuff they make it anymore?...Dawn or Palmolive Original?
This is going to make baby bathtimes tolerable for me, I think.

chr1st1an (author)2009-06-16

I was going to write one for this exact subject, glad I looked first. The string should be something that absorbs a good deal of solution, I tend to use upholstery edging. Also I have found that a weight in the center of the hanging material provides easier use when there is a breeze and that a couple of knots about 2 inches below the attach points to the dowels allow for easier separation once the bubble has formed and you close it.

egadsman (author)chr1st1an2009-06-18

thanks for the added information I will add this into my Instructable with due recognition to your name.

ross353 (author)2008-06-20

theres no need to tranzlat it. just keep mixing the washing up liquid with wather until it works well for you

llauren (author)ross3532008-10-03

@ross353 I don't think either of us needed the translation, recipie or shopping hints for water and dish washing liquid... But i am still curious of what those mystery component are!

ateeq (author)2008-09-02


signrichiesign (author)2008-08-13

I swear that bubble pic '*SEVERELY* looks like a Pepperidge Farm snack Goldfish! Wicked coolness!!!

technick29 (author)2008-06-30

This was a lot of fun! Nice idea.

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