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Beautiful Bubbles

Shani Klein

The days are hot and long, so why not spend some time experimenting with bubble art and giant bubbles? Don’t forget to send in your photos!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Shiny and colorful, there’s nothing like the fun of floating bubbles. The simplest bubbles are made from just soap and water, but there are many other ingredients that can be added to make the bubbles stronger and last longer. A soap bubble is a very thin film of soap water that forms a sphere with an iridescent surface. Bubbles exist because the surface behaves like a balloon (this is due to surface tension). Soap bubbles are round, because this is the shape that has the least amount of surface area — but by following the instructions below, you might just get the hang of a bubble cube, if you keep practicing! Have fun!

 

Bubble Art

You will need:

baking tray/pie tin/Tupperware container — something with a short edge

straw (bendable is better than straight)

bubble wand — if you don’t have one, make one from a pipe cleaner

a large towel to place under the tray and catch any drips

patience and practice

bubble mixture — you can buy bubble mixture from a store or make some yourself; it’s really easy. For bubble art, you need to mix 10 oz (1 cup + 4 Tbsp) of distilled water with 1 oz (2 Tbsp) of dishwashing detergent and 10 drops (or $$fractionalize$$1/8 of a teaspoon) of glycerin or corn syrup.

Stir the mixture gently so that you don’t make foam — foam makes bubbles pop. Store the bubble mixture in a clean jar with a lid.

Pour a thin layer of bubble mixture into a dish and place it carefully on the towel. Ready to work? Let’s go!

To make great bubble art, you first have to master making a bubble dome on the surface of your bubble mixture.

 

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