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Bubble Wands

Blowing the perfect bubble depends on equal parts science and magic. With a few twists of wire, you can make fantastic bubble wands and spend long, lazy days practicing your technique. The best bubble solution is 10 cups water to 4 cups dish-washing liquid, plus 1 cup Karo corn syrup.

Materials

  • Plastic-coated wire coat hangers or floral netting or plasti-coated chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • 8-gauge cloth-covered wire
  • Tin can

Steps

  1. Step 1

    For large wands, you'll need plastic-coated wire coat hangers and either floral netting or plastic-coated chicken wire.

  2. Step 2

    Hold the hook at the top of the hanger, and pull the bottom down so that it forms a circle. Cut away the hook and twisted neck of the hanger with wire cutters; you should have about a 31-inch length of wire.

  3. Step 3

    With needle-nose pliers, twist a tiny hook into one end of the wire. Bend that end around, and hook it on the wire about 9 inches from the opposite end, forming a 7-inch-diameter circle.

  4. Step 4

    Squeeze the hook with pliers to fasten, and straighten the end to form a handle. Cut an 8-inch-diameter circle of floral netting. With pliers, fold the netting's edge tightly around the frame, snipping off any sharp ends.

  5. Step 5

    For small wands, use 18-gauge cloth-covered wire cut to a length of 15 inches. Bend the wire into a lollipop shape, securing the end of the wire where the loop meets the handle with a dab of glue.

  6. Step 6

    To make a star, divide the circle into five even increments, then crimp with pliers. To make a heart, crimp only the top center of the circle. A tin can, with its top and bottom removed, also makes great bubbles -- carefully trim any sharp edges, dip one end in solution, and pull through the air to make one long bubble.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, July/August 1999

Reviews (5)

  • 2 Jul, 2010

    To improve the bubble mix use Dawn or JOY dishwashing liquid, substitute glycerin for corn syrup, add 1 Tbs baking soda and 1 capful of rubbing alcohol. Works much better. For more big bubble tips see: http://www.worldslargestbubble.com/

  • 3 Aug, 2009

    I've tried (to no avail) to make the bubble solution in the past because we always spill those little bottles, especially after little hands get wet and slippery. Thanks for the tip about adding Karo syrup. I never would have thought of that! I can't wait to try it!

  • 3 Aug, 2009

    I've tried (to no avail) to make the bubble solution in the past because we always spill those little bottles, especially after little hands get wet and slippery. Thanks for the tip about adding Karo syrup. I never would have thought of that! I can't wait to try it!

  • 31 Jul, 2009

    You can also make really effective bubble wands out of pipe cleaners (chenille stems). They soak up a lot of solution and last for many bubbles. More info here: www.chicaandjo.com/2008/08/07/make-your-own-bubble-wands-out-of-pipe-cle...

  • 25 Jun, 2009

    2 much fun 4 just the kids!