Thursday, September 3, 2015

Crafting Bubbles Wands

As one who seeks to hone the art of bubble blowing I'm always on the lookout for new and fresh techniques as well as understanding the science of bubble blowing. That said much has to do with knowing how to wield the wand.

Bubble wands come in many shapes and sized. And when it comes to the materials one can use the sky's the limit. I have two preferences. Plastic wands wrapped with cotton fiber twine.

Don't skimp on using quality material. The better it's quality the better the performance when blowing bubbles. Synthetics are yield less than mediocre results.  Natural fibers are outstanding.

Of late my favorite wands are my handmade hoop wand wrapped in cotton fiber yarn. It absorbs the juice and maintain a bubble film long enough to produce several bubbles with one dip.

Having said that, when crafting a bubble wand I suggest you focus on a wand made of plastic rather than one made of wire as wire will effectually rust or corrode and this can contaminate your bubble juice rendering it ineffective for bubbling.

Another factor to consider is the quality of plastic wands. You want plastic that is not too hard nor too thin. It should have some degree of flexibility and softness and thereby able to withstand impact without cracking or breaking.

I also favor a tri-ring or three-ring wand that produces amazing long tube shaped reptilian-like bubbles. In additional it produces a strong film and colorful surface. The number of tubes create
a more sustainable bubble mass with a longer life than single tube bubbles.

Lastly you need the hoop of the wand to connect to a stick. I find that t shaped silicon pvc pipe connectors do the job well. You can use a variety of materials for the stem. Garden poles, hula hoop tubing or water gun inner tubing.

View the performance of my handcrafted tri-ring bubble wand.

 Happy bubble blowing!

 - Angelo

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