Introduction: Monster Bubble Bath Made From Hot Glue With Lights
Hi, in this instructable, I am using hot glue about 7 of the big sticks, paint, a mug from a thrift store and some lights from the Dollar Tree to create a monster taking a bubble bath in green slime bubbles.
I started out with an idea to make a bubble bath out of hot glue and began experimenting with creating the bubbles. As I worked, I thought about who should be in the bath and came up this 5 eyed creature. The more I pictured it in my mind, the more I knew I wanted it to be green and I did not want smooth bubbles, instead I wanted texture, and lots of it.
Step 1: A Base for the Top of the Mug
Using a lid from a mayo jar (maybe) and some cling wrap, I applied lots of glue to form a round disk.
After letting the disk cool and harden, I removed the cling wrap from the lid and placed in onto the mug.
I filled in the edges and let it cool before removing it from the cling wrap.
It peels off fairly easy, as long as the cling wrap is smooth and no folds get glued in. It is alright if some cling wrap stays on it any of the pieces for this project, and I have a few pieces that have some in it.
Step 2: Building a Dome for the Bubbles to Sit on and Wire to Hide Under
I bought a pack of plastic bowls from the dollar tree and used one, along with cling wrap.
There is no need to be neat with the dome, as it will be completely covered at the end of the project.
Step 3: Large Bubbles
I Used a ball stylist tool and more cling wrap.
After covering the tool, I applied a layer of hot glue, creating a half ball.
After it cools, I apply tiny bits of hot glue as I tap the dome with the glue gun. Moving around the entire dome creating little peaks of glue.
It does not have to be perfect, and I had little stings of glue that would stand up as I do it, but as it cooled, they laid down and it looked more like a gem.
After this layer cools, I removed them from the cling wrap and if the wrap did not rip I used it again. If it did rip, I took the wrap off and reapplied using a different spot on the square of cling wrap, until it was to shredded, and then I got a new piece.
Step 4: Adding Large Domes to the Base
I glued one large bubble to the top of the dome and eight others around the sides.
Step 5: Getting Ready for Lights
Using a knife, I cut the back of the base dome, making sure to not go through the large bubbles.
Step 6: Adding Lights
In each bubble I added one light bulb from the sting of ten green lights that I purchased from the dollar this past December.
I only had 9 bubbles, but I tucked the last bulb into the wire to light up the base dome.
Step 7: Glue the Base Together
With the lights installed, it was time to apply hot glue around the edge of the dome and glue it to the disk. The box for the batteries fit nicely into the mug and the entire bubble bath lifts off the turn the light on and off.
Step 8: The Monsters Eyes
I used garden wire and cling wrap and a little tiny eye purchased from amazon. The cling wrap did not hold tightly to the wire. When I removed the wire I ended up just cutting the end off the tentacle and left the cling wrap inside.
After the first layer of glue dried, it was smoother than I wanted my monster to be. I use light pressure on the trigger of the glue gun and applied strips of glue from the base to the eye.
Step 9: Adding Eyes
I apply hot glue to the base of the tentacles and place them around the bubble on top of the dome.
Step 10: Legs
Using the same garden wire, I applied glue directly to it first making sure the wire was not poking out anywhere and bent a few of the wires.
After the first layer was dry, I pulled the wire and wiggled it slightly back and forth and the wire easily pulled away from the glue. The bent wires would pull straight and after the wire was completely removed, the glue went back to the desired shape.
I went over the leg, filling in any gaps and using the same light pressure as the eyes to give ridges on the legs.
I did not use cling wrap for the legs as I wanted them to be skinnier than the eyes.
Step 11: Adding Legs
When I put the large bubbles on I did a high, low, high, low pattern.
I placed two legs between the low bubbles.
Step 12: Medium Sized Bubbles
Using the medium-sized bubble I glued them in place to fill in gaps and to round out the bubble bath.
Step 13: Small Bubbles
I finished it with small bubbles to fill in and create more detail.
Step 14: Oh No
I did not make enough.
I used the same process as step three this time using a small ball stylist.
While I made more, I decided I should paint the monster before adding more bubbles.
Step 15: Orange Eye Tentacles
I used Apple Barrel, pumpkin orange.
Step 16: Painting the Legs
I mixed Apple Barrel, Wild Iris and a small amount of Apple Barrel, black.
Step 17: Finishing the Eyes
Around the bottom base, I painted the dark Wild Iris.
Using a dry paint brush, I lightly pulled the paint upwards to eliminate the hard line and blend the two together.
Step 18: Finishing the Legs
I used Folk Art, Neon, purple, to paint the tips I used a dry paintbrush to blend them together. It went on very bright wet and it soaked in and blended in when it dried.
Step 19: Last of the Small Bubbles
I added more small bubbles to fill in all the gaps.
Step 20: Painting the Bubbles
I used Folk Art, Glow, green thinned with a few drops of water.
After it dried, I was not completely happy with the base color, so I went over it with Apple Barrel, Crisp green.
I was set up and ready to paint the second layer of green when my Mom called with news of my uncle's passing. I forgot to hit the button to record, so I have no pictures of adding the crisp green paint. My uncle was always the life of the party, he loved everyone and as a child, at get togethers; I remember him always making the rounds, making sure everyone was having a good time.
Step 21: Highlights on Bubbles
Folk Art, Color shift, green flash
I dry brushed the raised edges on the bubbles with the green flash and let it dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 22: Green Wash
I mixed a few drops of jet dry with water and Apple Barrel, English Ivy Green.
I dabbed the green watery liquid onto the bubbles. I used only a little paint, so after it dried it was barely noticeable, but gave the bubbles a finished look that I was happy with.
Step 23: Photos of It Finished and Inside
Step 24: Brighter Than I Thought It Would Be
Step 25: Video
Once I have the video edited and posted on You Tube, I will add the video. Thank you for checking out my instructable!
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