Introduction: Huge Bubble Maker

Hello and welcome to my first instructable. This instructable is how to make a huge bubble maker, now i'm no english teacher so please excuse the grammatical errors. I have seen some youtube videos of these but never found one on how to make one, so i rednecked one and with some trail and error got one that work great. can be made in just a few minutes and for cheap!! i also found a bubble mix recipe that works out great 

Step 1: Parts for the Bubble Maker

All you needs is 

2 wooden dowel rods
cotton cord
2 eye screws
a few washers


For the dowel rods i used 3/8" by 48" long $0.84 each
The cotton cord is braided cotton cord 1/8"x45' $2.97
Eye screws are 1 1/16"  $2.99 for a pack of 12
washers i had lying around

So for around  $8.00 you have one and enough supplies to build more if you buy more dowel rods.Witch i recommend because when the other kids on the block see huge bubbles they come running, believe me.

Step 2: Assembly

1) screw the eye screws to one end of the dowel rods
2) cut two lengths of the cord one 70 inches the other 100 inches 
3) slide a few washes to the middle of the long cord ( needed for weight ) i used 3 small ones
4) tie one one of both cords to one eye screw  and the other ends to the other screw 

TA DA your done! what you should have now when you hold it up is a upside down triangle see how the washer hold down the bottom length of cord.  

Step 3: The Mix

for the bubble mix the best i have found yet is as follows

12 cups of water 
1 cup of cornstarch 
1 cup of dish liquid ( dawn brand works best but any will do )
2 tablespoons of baking powder (not baking soda)
and the SECRET INGREDIENT  is a few oz. of  "personal liquid lubricant" yes i know this sounds funny but it has Glycerin in it that make the bubbles larger with out popping. You can buy the Glycerin at a hobby shop if you dont want to get the funny looks at the store buying the lube but it cost more the the lube.

mix it all together in a large bowl or bucket it will be cloudy and if it sits for awhile the cornstarch will for a paste in the bottom but stir it back up and it will still be good. i have keep the stuff for a week before and it was still good after stirring   

Step 4: Now the MAGIC

Now all you got to do is go outside and holding the rope ends of the "wand" together dip all the rope into the mix and keeping it together lift out hold it up into the air a little and slowly open the "wand" ends so the rope forms the V and if you has a little wind it will blow it up for you, if no wind just start ti slowly walk backwards, If you want to close the bubble and watch it float away slowly close the "wand" ends to bring them together and it will close up and drift away. i like to keep it open and just see how long it can get before it pops ( have had some 30 footers myself ). 

i also love the view you get from making them because you are the one who can look down the bubble from the inside,

made this for my kid but  she always has to say " dad its my turn " , who dont like huge bubbles????

In case you were wondering the redneck setup in the background is a pvc  " sprinkler " i made for her to play under and ride her bike through on hot days. cost for that $12.00 
 
Well thanks for reading and leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Comments

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nayrenna (author)2016-01-13

Cool, will definitely try this :)

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WUVIE (author)2013-06-23

Fabulous!

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Snibril (author)2013-06-03

I just followed your instructions and it worked perfectly.
I had all the bits, barring the rope, lying around anyway, but instead of the washers and metal loops I tried using metal hooks. I pushed the open end through the rope and then used pliers to close them into loops to stop any slipping - seems to work ok and saves having metal-weighted rope swinging around when a small child's enthusiastically bubbling. :)

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Barb37 (author)2013-01-12

Well! I think you are one very talented redneck! WELL DONE!

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lesliecr (author)2012-07-27

I followed your instructions to make this for a family reunion (all hardware supplies came fromMenards). Kids and adults alike enjoyed the results!

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dtackett (author)lesliecr2012-07-27

glad to hear everyone liked it. got all my supplies from menards also.

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crios42 (author)2012-07-25

It was awesome. We ended up using glycerin and the bubbles were great. I the rods were only 24" and the cords were only 50" and 70". My kid have short little arms.

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dtackett (author)crios422012-07-25

glad to see they liked it, the best part of making these is seeing the kids enjoy themselves. thanks for the pictures.

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crios42 (author)2012-07-16

Is there something about cotton cord that works well with giant bubble or would nylon or cotton/poly cord work? I'm having trouble finding a place that sells cotton cord, but nylon is in abundance.

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dtackett (author)crios422012-07-16

the cotton is better. nylon does not let the bubble mix "cling" to it as well home depot or any hardware store sells the cotton stuff

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taserian (author)dtackett2012-07-20

Do you know of any alternate places that might have the cotton cord? I visited both my local Lowe's and Home Depot, and almost all of the ropes and cords they have available is poly or nylon. I did find some cotton/poly blend, but it's much thinner than 1/8" so I doubt it'll work well.

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crios42 (author)taserian2012-07-20

Tell me about it. I went to two different home depots and they both only had the cotton/poly mix. I finally went to my local Ace (I should have tried there first) and found it. It wasn't 1/8", it was 9/64" (which is slightly larger than 1/8) but that should be fine.

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outcasted (author)2012-07-18

The bubble mix has to have some time to "age" before it will work. Make it up a few days before you plan to use it.

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FitUW (author)2012-07-16

I tried your mix, but it doesn't work for me :( Do you use distilled water? Our tap water here is quite hard, might that be a problem? And I used pure glycerin since we had a small bottle right here. How much would you take? I even bought a cotton cord, we had only some PVC strings around...
Damn it, I want huge bubbles now!! ;)

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dtackett (author)FitUW2012-07-16

if you have hard water i would buy a jug to use, and just a oz or two of glycerin. also dawn dish liquid works best i have found

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FitUW (author)dtackett2012-07-17

Well I live in Germany, I have to find out which brand works best here. Don't want to buy Dawn via the internet.

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mkog03 (author)2012-07-16

Awesome Instructable!!

Great job!

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AtlantaTerry (author)2012-07-16

What sort of container do you use to hold the Bubble Mix into which you dip the cords?

How large is that container?

We are going to have a neighborhood block party soon and I plan to build several of these to keep the little kids occupied.

Thank you for the plans.

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dtackett (author)AtlantaTerry2012-07-16

i just bought a cheap flower container at the dollar store, you could use any large bowl or bucket.

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dokcal (author)2012-07-16

You can also get plain glycerin at the drugstore for a very modest price--surely cheaper than personal lubricant. Check near the pharmacy.

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ajvdmeij (author)2012-07-16

The PVC "sprinkler" is great! I'm gonna make that!

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Gadisha (author)2012-07-16

LOL the picture above of the giant bubble reminds me of Donnie Darko!
Cool idea btw :)

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JodyDenny (author)2012-07-15

Listen, thank you so much for posting!

My kids have bubbles on teh brain. It's a sure way to please both of them.
BTW, corn syrup will stand in for the glycerin, in a pinch.

Jody

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cogni (author)2012-07-15

The best bubble equipment and solution I have ever seen! Can't wait to try this.

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flyingpuppy (author)2012-07-15

Wow! You could have kids jump rope inside the bubble! : )

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Pattymouth (author)2012-07-15

I love the pic from "inside" the bubble! Thanks for posting such a cool, easy, and FUN 'ible! Can't wait to make some for gifts!

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sitearm (author)2012-07-15

@dtacket; Hi! Great article and your recipe for bubble mix is priceless. Not only that you are clearly a Great Dad. Cheers! : ) Site

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CrLz (author)2012-07-13

Sweet! Thanks for the ible. Saw someone doing this on vacation in Waikiki and have really wanted to do this.

Washers are new to me, good tweak.

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dtackett (author)CrLz2012-07-13

your welcome, and the washers are just there for a little added weight to hold the line down and dont interfere with the bubbles

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scoochmaroo (author)2012-07-12

This would be a great addition to the Picnic Challenge!

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dtackett (author)scoochmaroo2012-07-12

i entered it in thanks

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mygibzone (author)2012-07-11

Cool! I'll have to try this. We bought an expensive one at the store with the solution & everything, and we couldn't get it to work! It sucked! I think having 2 rods is a much better design too! Thanks for the share!

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dtackett (author)mygibzone2012-07-11

your welcome and probably cheaper then the one you bought, have fun

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danlynne07 (author)2012-07-11

my 3 year old will love this. thank you

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dtackett (author)danlynne072012-07-11

your welcome

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rimar2000 (author)2012-07-10

Four words: A WE SO ME!

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dtackett (author)rimar20002012-07-10

Thanks kids love it

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mikeasaurus (author)2012-07-10

Yay, giant bubbles! Summertime is here!

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rlambertnj (author)2012-07-10

Now, about the sprinkler.... hint hint!

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dtackett (author)rlambertnj2012-07-10

ill get one up one the sprinkler in a day or two thanks for the intrest

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rlambertnj (author)2012-07-10

Question: What is "personal liquid lubricant" ? Hey I'm 62 and there is much in this world I don't know about.

Request: Do an instructable for the sprinkler you made, please :)

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dtackett (author)rlambertnj2012-07-10

personal lubricant is stuff like ky lube for those lets say intimate times. they sell it at all the stores even the dollar store has it.

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rlambertnj (author)dtackett2012-07-10

Thanks

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l3aca (author)rlambertnj2012-07-10

Personal liquid lubricant would be lubricant for intimate moments such as k-y jelly, and such

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rlambertnj (author)l3aca2012-07-10

Thanks!

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shadowfeet (author)2012-07-10

Wow those are amazing bubbles!!!

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dtackett (author)shadowfeet2012-07-10

Thanks

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