Feel Good Friday – Giant Beach Bubbles

by admin on September 10, 2010

I’d like to know how to make bubbles this large. Any ideas, readers?

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Princesssimmi September 10, 2010 at 6:41 am

Bubbles! Bubbles bubbles bubbles! Love it!

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Mojo September 10, 2010 at 7:47 am

They way they burst and disappear is almost more beautiful than the bubbles themselves.

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Margaret September 10, 2010 at 9:33 am

Giant loop of string on two long sticks, bucket of bubble solution, a breezy day.

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Gemma September 10, 2010 at 9:47 am

We used to do this. You take a wooden dowel (a broomstick handle works) and tie a long piece of string to it. Tie the other end of the string to a washer that can slide on the broomstick handle. Dip the whole thing into a tub of bubble mix, and let the wind do the rest. When you want to end off the bubble, just slide the washer towards the other end of the string to “pinch” the bubble closed. Lots of fun!

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Exitzero September 10, 2010 at 10:04 am

I had a bubble wand years ago that made bubbles that big. There is a special formula for the soap…I forget exactly what it was, but it involved vodka and liquid glycerine.
You can even stand inside the bubbles!

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whylime13 September 10, 2010 at 10:12 am

to make bigger bubbles you just need a bigger bubble wand. A loop of cotton string/rope dipped into a bubble solution and held open will make a bubble, then you need to bring the sides of the loop together to close the bubble off. In the video it looks like he’s using two long poles as handles because his bubble wand is sooo big.

You also need to blow a lot to make such big bubbles, I hope your lungs are good ;)

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Challis September 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm

really large bubble-making equiptment and a bit of skill.
I was once at an interactive museam that had a giant bubble making station…it was not easy to complete a huge bubble!

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Kimbubbley September 10, 2010 at 12:06 pm

We got a book on this for the kids a summer or two ago…the key is Dawn soap and GLYCERIN. The glycerin makes the solution heavy/strong enough to support the size of the bubbles. BUT, we NEVER got it to work this well and seeing him on the beach with his back to the wind was absolutely a “Duh!” moment!!

This is beautiful!!

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madame-mim September 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I can’t stop watching this. Try watching it once through without looking at the bubbles, and you’ll discover how amazing the little kids are.

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Chelee74 September 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm
essie September 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm

http://www.ehow.com/how_2084_make-giant-bubble.html

I believe this is the one used in the video. We bought one years ago, but alas! never used it. Now I’m going a-huntin’ for it!: http://www.fao.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3462116

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Ms_Cellany September 10, 2010 at 2:20 pm

You can use diluted Dawn detergent as the soap solution. Much cheaper and easier than tracking down that much commercial bubble solution. It’s best to let it sit a day or so before use.

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kero September 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm

This is the one I have at home: http://www.klutz.com/How-to-Make-Monstrous-Huge-Unbelievably-Big-Bubbles?merch_location=Search%20Results Listing
My friends bought it for me as a gift for my 19th bday. I still have it and it brings me lots of joy~

According to the booklet that comes with, the best soap to use is Ultra Dawn BLUE (2nd is Ivory, 3rd is Joy in Yellow/Lemon). The bubble juice mixture is as follow:
1 cup soap
12 cups water (use up to 50% more on dry days)
1/4 cup glycerin (optional)
Mix it all up and let is sit over night. And apparently it says that bubble juice gets better over time so don’t throw the old stuff out.

Also, humid days are perfect!

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Simone September 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm

The old man making the bubbles in this reminded me of my grandfather.

So thank you for that.

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Cooler Becky September 12, 2010 at 8:45 pm

There’s some sort of special formula that you have to use to make the bubbles that large, but yeah, you’d need significant muscle power if you don’t have wind to assist you.

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bianca September 13, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Sooo cool!

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RP September 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

@ kero – OMG, the Klutz books! That takes me back.

The bubbles in the video are massively impressive.

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ryan September 19, 2010 at 8:49 am

To make the bubbles last add glycerin. You will make large bubbles float longer and be able to catch small bubbles.

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Colleen September 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I was at the beach about half a mile away during this! It was amazing to watch.

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