Introduction: Making Magic Flaming Bubbles...

Ever felt the need to burn bubbles? Found it wasn't as satisfying as it could be?

Now when you burn bubbles, they burn you...

*Loss of eyebrows not covered by most health insurance companies, please demonstrate adequate safety measures*



Please note that the metacafe usage is likely short term, I'm not mad keen on them but I'm sick of youtube's insane compression amounts and Revver are still reviewing, metacafe come fast...

Step 1: Things You'll Need.

Very little in reality...

Tools:
- A glue gun or some such, any glue that'll stand up to water.
- A pencil/screwdriver, something to poke a hole in the container...

Materials:
- A can, I suggest a fizzy drink can since they're thin, a red bull or tall can would be good.
- A lighter reservoir, nothing as fancy as the one here needed, that was the first I found
- A few little bits to attach the two together
- Some shower gel or washing up liquid (I used shower gel since the washing up liquid was downstairs, fairy liquid is one of the best things for this little project)

Step 2: Attaching It Together.

This is relatively simple, poke a hole in the can, make it slightly smaller than the injector nozzle.

For putting it in I used part of a jet lighter nozzle (the bit that the tubing attaches to) screwed in to an adapter from a swan lighter refill can.

Slowly push the nozzle like object in to the hole while twisting it round, this will make a nice hole that fits quite tightly.

Fire up the glue gun or whip out your glue...

Put the nozzle about half way in to the hole and run a bead of glue around it then push it all the way in, gently.

Allow the glue to cool or dry and continue.

Step 3: Fill 'er Up.

First attach all the parts together, so the water doesn't flow back out the nozzle bit, I forgot to do this and it made things a little awkward and a tad messy.

Drop in a little shower gel or other soapy liquid.

Now slowly fill with water, if it doesn't foam up at all then add a bit more soap, we're not trying to foam it up loads but we want to know it will foam up.

Step 4: Bubbling of Doom.

Start adding gas to the can, just keep it flowing until the bubbles have reached a desirable size, I'd suggest watching the video first, a small amount of bubbles can have quite a considerable flame burst...

If I had a higher ceiling I'd possibly let it go for longer.

Soon you'll see a bigger one that auto ignites the bubbles periodically...

I actually got this idea from the way you spray butane in to a cup to make flaming water, I wondered about bubbles and discovered that Mythbusters had already done it when I showed my little brother... What's more worrying is I haven't seen that episode...


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omkar_hummer made it! (author)2008-09-20

you could also do it by splitting h2o instead of wasting gas

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MrPyro1010 made it! (author)MrPyro10102009-07-21

ya but then you have to go through making the whole setup .... it's easier just to use toilet cleaner and tinfoil, put a balloon over top and you get the hindenburg. (anarchists cookbook reference) :D

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ilpug made it! (author)ilpug2011-03-09

That is a felony in most states, don't do it.

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Kiteman made it! (author)2008-07-17

Sweet. I do this occasionally with mains-gas methane and a washing-up bowl full of suds - bubble in the gas (from a bunsen tap on the lab bench), make a big mound of bubbles, throw in a match. It gives a very satisfying column of fire.

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-07-17

Aye, I'm tempted to use the outdoor gas line we have in the garden I have a hose for it somewhere, natural gas is pretty light, I could probably get floating cloud of bubbles, flick matches at them...

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-07-17

Oh! I think that was in a Mythbuster episode - they filled a dustbin with soapy water, bubbled gas through it to make a bubble tower, several feet tall, and then lit it. They were trying to prove something, but I forget what.

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-07-17

Double-Oh!

I just thought - if you fed air in at the bottom, with the gas, and lit the mixed bubbles, there's be a much more satisfying flame, possibly a bang.

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-07-17

I was thinking about using an oxy acetylene torch then using a flaming arrow from a crossbow to light it, I imagine the detonation of bubbles would be in the unholy class...

I will give it a go, I have a decent venturi for a torch here, If I use less water I should be able to make it work...

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-07-17

VIDEO!!

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-07-17

initial tests show air plus gas mix is a bit scarier...

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-07-17

:-D

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-07-18
How about a much bigger one with toilet....

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-07-18

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MrPyro1010 made it! (author)MrPyro10102009-07-21

hmmmmm i see java injection in the near future ............ time for some pentesting :D

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-07-18

http://revver.com/video/1048933/great-flaming-toilets-why-i-avoid-chilli/

Damnit, I hate metacafe... It works... And I love revver it lets you have a logo and lots of toys...

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-07-17

It's actually not great, it made a much smaller burst of yellowish burning flames, similar to when a boiling pot of water drips in to the flames on a gas oven... I suspect the mix wasn't good though, it's not easy to keep the venturi from backing up... I'll get a few straws or something...

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-07-17

Will do, I'll drop by the mechanics as well, they let me weld once or twice, maybe they'll let me blow them up...

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pyro PJ made it! (author)pyro PJ2009-06-12

Do be careful... A friend of mine filled a garbage bag with acetylene and lit it with a very long visco fuse...and it blew out three windows in his barn. But it was IMPRESSIVE!

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firemanfu made it! (author)firemanfu2008-07-18

the mythbusters used methane i think

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Father Christmas made it! (author)Father Christmas2008-08-02

i thought it was propane...

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technodude92 made it! (author)technodude922008-09-03

propane sinks.

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Father Christmas made it! (author)Father Christmas2008-09-03

ya know, i didnt really think about that! so much for taking chemistry. it really helped lol.

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firemanfu made it! (author)firemanfu2008-08-04

im pretty sure it was methane, i don't know for sure though

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Father Christmas made it! (author)Father Christmas2008-08-24

now tha ti think about it, i think you are right

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experimental pyrotechnician made it! (author)2008-08-26

where do you get a lighter reservoir?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-08-27

A lighter, refillable... Not something like a clipper though simply because they go directly to the valve and you cant separate and attach the pipe easily. The one in the picture came from a random jet lighter, the pipe is common to most lighters, the nozzle is from another jet lighter...

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technodude92 made it! (author)technodude922008-09-03

Actually, you can get a reservoir with a tube and everything from a long stem, barbecue lighter. It also comes with a tiny piezoelectric sparker!

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softairdude made it! (author)softairdude2009-07-06

I use those for everything. They also make great mini potato guns. think about that.

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StevieRay98 made it! (author)2009-03-08

OMG I LOVE THAT SONG

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mettaurlover made it! (author)2009-02-19

are you insane? you can't have an instructable like this without teaching us how to make it make a fireball :(

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2009-02-22

You just keep making bubbles and touch a lighter to it...

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mettaurlover made it! (author)mettaurlover2009-02-22

yep. that's about how you do that. even more fun is putting a little fan behind the can, holding the lighter in front of the can, and shooting fireballs at stuff!

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craniumofuranium made it! (author)2008-09-17

My physics teacher is so cool, he uses mains gas and washing up liquid, the he picks up the bubbles and gets someone to light it in his hands.

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junits15 made it! (author)junits152008-10-17

that is awsome!

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experimental pyrotechnician made it! (author)2008-08-28

how do you make it bubble?

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-09-03

Turn on the gas after putting soapy water in...

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Xander da gr8 made it! (author)2008-07-20

does it have to be a lighter? All you neeed is something with a small flame.

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-07-20

Umm I realized you could just shove a disposable in to the side of a can and hot glue around it, then push the valve...

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Matt D655 made it! (author)2008-07-19

cool

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GorillazMiko made it! (author)2008-07-18

I like it. +5/5 stars.

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-07-19

Thanks GM....

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pyro13 made it! (author)2008-07-16

What kind of lighter is that you used to light the bubbles? it looks neat!

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-07-17

It's an old Dunhill Rollalite.

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pyro13 made it! (author)pyro132008-07-17

Alright thanks! Good quality?

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-07-17

Yeah lovely, that one's made out of silver, I have a pewter one some where, along with that a gold plated varaflame which is very similar but is made by ronson, it's nice aswell though a later one with gas instead...

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pyro13 made it! (author)pyro132008-07-17

I looked around, and i could only seem to find antique ones? where could i find a newer cheaper one?

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-07-17

Not very hopeful, have a look in a few antique shops for ones going cheap maybe a high quality tobacconists... The new one's mightn't be any cheaper.... If you have no luck at all you could buy a broken one and fix it, petrol lighters are very simple or even send it to me and I'd do the fixing...

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pyro13 made it! (author)pyro132008-07-18

Ok, thank you for the help =D

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-07-18

I fyou do find a bust one on the cheap PM me with the problems, I can always walk you through fixing them...

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Spectrace made it! (author)2008-07-16

That Mythbusters episode was just on last week. i think it was tuesday or wednesday. I waswitha friend at his beach house and watched it. I think they use nitrogen or hydrogen for the gas though. Or helium. i forget which

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