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The dream of the giant soap bubble – many kids get wide-eyed when they imagine making such a dazzling wonder themselves. With the right bubble recipe, it’s actually a breeze.
The Pure Pleasure – Making Soap Bubbles Yourself
Maybe you still know “Blub”, the soap bubble artist who was hardly missing from any TV show in the 1990s.
Even then, viewers young and old got wide-eyed watching him create one giant soap bubble after another. How nice it would be to be able to make soap bubbles yourself. In fact, it’s quite easy to do.
How exciting it is to make soap bubbles with the little bubble bottle that has a round top on a stem in the lid.
Many adults still like to think back to what it was like when the delightfully colorful bubbles gently released from the puffing stick and floated quietly away. Wonderful! What’s more, the grown-ups today are sure to remember how quickly the little bottle from the toy store was empty.
Those days, in childhood, the mother refilled the oblong container with some tap water and a little dishwashing liquid. The result was a clear soapy suds that looked very similar to the liquid it originally contained.
However, usually only very small soap bubbles could be made from the mixture. So the question arose: why doesn’t the water-rinse solution work? What is the magic ingredient that makes it possible to make a giant soap bubble? And why didn’t even mom know the answer?
Make The Perfect Soap-Suds
In many a soap bubble recipe, glycerin is an important ingredient. However, this substance is extracted from palm oil or petroleum. The extraction of this raw material is therefore extremely environmentally harmful.
If possible, therefore, do not use a soap bubble recipe in which glycerin is the main ingredient. In fact, many interesting variants have now been established with which you can easily make soap bubbles yourself without using glycerin.
Tip: Simple vegetable cooking oil is a great substitute for glycerin. More on that in a moment.
The following soap bubbles recipe is very popular right now. It consists of just three ingredients and is child’s play to recreate:
1) 40 milliliters of corn syrup or isoglucose
2) 300 milliliters of distilled water
3) 90 milliliters of dishwashing liquid
Mix the 3 ingredients and then let the mixture steep for at least 60 minutes. After that, stir it thoroughly once and you’re ready to get out the bubble gun and conjure up one giant soap bubble after another.
The Recipe Classic For Great Bubbles
Not every household has corn syrup as standard equipment in the pantry. Therefore, here is another bubble recipe. It consists of 3 simple ingredients that you are guaranteed to have in your kitchen. You will need:
- 4 Cups of lukewarm water.
- Half a cup of sugar.
- Half a cup of dishwashing liquid.
Gently pour the sugar into the cup of water. Stir until you get a homogeneous liquid. Then add the dishwashing liquid.
Tip: Experience has shown that the soap suds content in the well-known dishwashing liquid with the little flowers on the back is relatively low. In the Fairy-Ultra dishwashing liquid concentrate is clearly more soap suds contained. Therefore, the soap bubbles succeed with this product significantly better.
How To Make Your Own Pustestab
What if you don’t have a bubble bottle or bubble gun handy right now? Then you’re best off just doing it yourself. For the pustestab you need the following:
- Some thick, colorful drinking straws.
- Some floral wire.
Use your fingertip to carefully poke the floral wire through the drinking straw. Then wrap it around the drinking straw a few times so that it is well and securely fixed. After that, you can shape the wire as you like.
It is best if you resort to a simple geometric shape such as a circle, a heart or a square. Because the most beautiful bubbles are created from the soap suds if the shape of the puffing stick is not too complex. Maybe you try yourself once, with which shapes you succeed the most beautiful soap bubbles.
There are other ways to make a puffing stick on your own. For example, these:
I’m sure you still have two wooden sticks for the barbecue skewers in your drawer from the last barbecue night. You can certainly find an absorbent thread in your needlework basket or craft corner. Tie a piece of the thread between the two wooden sticks.
Then cut a slightly longer piece of thread and fix it next to the first thread. The second piece of thread should then not be stretched quite so tightly, but allowed to sag a little. This construct is the basis for you to soon be able to produce soap bubbles.
It is important that you wet the threads completely. Meanwhile, hold the wooden sticks close together and then carefully pull them apart. With a little practice, you can later make great soap bubbles and maybe even a giant bubble or two.
Have you ever tried to make colorful soap bubbles? As if the classic bubbles with their transparent iridescent look weren’t beautiful enough, you can actually get more out of your bubbles. Here’s the soap bubbles recipe for colorful specimens made from side suds:
- 300 ml lukewarm tap water.
- 30 g or 2 tablespoons sugar.
- 80 ml Fairy Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Concentrate.
- Food coloring.
Pour the water into a saucepan or pot. Dissolve the sugar in it. Then add the dishwashing liquid. It is important that it dissolves completely in the mixture, but does not form a foam if possible.
What colors do you want your bubbles to shine? Set up as many jars as you want. Divide the dishwashing liquid solution evenly, then add about 5 to 10 drops of your favorite color to each jar. Let your imagination run wild.
Note: Fairy Ultra is blue in color consistency. So if you use red food coloring, the bubbles might turn purple.
Whether clear or colorful, these tricks will make the bubbles from soap suds turn out even better:
Use for the transparent art objects best distilled water. This is because the minerals contained in normal tap water can have a negative effect on the quality of the soap bubbles. In addition, the room temperature plays an important role.
The higher the humidity, the longer each bubble will live. You can easily store your bubble suds in the refrigerator after use. It will keep there for up to 2 weeks.
However, the shelf life depends on the ingredients used. If it becomes cloudy or smells strange, it’s best to pour it away and make a new bubble liquid.
The Ideal Toy For Little And Big: The Bubble Gun
By the way, with a bubble gun, you can conjure up many hundreds of soap bubbles at once. In fact, a bubble gun is the perfect gift for kids and teens who want to feel like they’re in a fairyland. Because that’s exactly how it feels when, simply by pressing a button, the soap bubble gun creates lots of small and large bubbles.
Freezing Soap Bubbles: Here’s How
Making soap bubbles yourself is one thing. Freezing soap bubbles is quite another. In fact, it has become a real trend to freeze soap bubbles, then photograph the creations, literally making them last for eternity.
Letting soap bubbles freeze only works at sub-zero temperatures, of course. The colder, the faster the soap bubble becomes an icy work of art. Even the slightest gust of wind, however, could burst it.
Which bubble recipe you choose is entirely up to you. If you want to freeze your bubbles, sugar should be part of the recipe because it will make the bubbles more durable.
On the other hand, you don’t really need a puffing wand, because to create a terrific bubble, it’s usually enough to use a simple drinking straw. Dip the end of the straw briefly into the soapy water and then blow slowly into it. The result is a shallow, iridescent soap bubble whose shape you can determine yourself – with a little practice.
Tip: The colder the soap suds, the better it works to freeze the bubbles.
With a drinking straw, you can make soap bubbles yourself and create round or oval shapes as you like. If you even manage to make a giant soap bubble, you should take extra care. It could easily burst, as the skin is much tighter due to the larger texture.
Whether you want to make a giant soap bubble or smaller soap bubbles yourself: With a little luck and flair, you can place them on a frozen leaf, a pine cone or a rock.
When filigree crystals and thin lines suddenly appear as a result of bonding with the frozen base, it’s a real feast for the eyes! Take some time when making soap bubbles yourself and try out the handles with which you will succeed in creating the most beautiful soap bubbles.
Tip: For perfect photos you should either use a smartphone that has a particularly powerful camera. If, on the other hand, you want it to be really professional, then it’s best to use an SLR camera with an appropriate lens.
Depending on the photo quality you want to achieve, the time of day or the light condition is certainly also relevant. There are no general instructions. Rather, you can experiment to your heart’s content, in which way you achieve the best results. When will you make your own soap bubbles?