How to Make a Giant Soap Bubble Wand
Ever since I saw this jaw-droppingly awesome video by toubaboo, I wanted to make giant soap bubbles. After looking at several videos and photos of people doing this online, I went out to Home Depot to get a few things. To make a giant bubble wand, there aren’t a lot of components. It’s actually pretty easy!
First – two dowel rods. The ones I picked were sized to 7/16 x 48″.
Next up, some string. I’m not sure if there’s an ideal thickness to go for, whether it’s better to be really thin or really ultra-thick. This bit was on the thinner side.
And finally, a weight to hold down the string at the bottom of the loop. I got a plain 12mm hex nut (although you don’t need it to be as heavy or as big as this). In hindsight, I think a much lighter weight would have been fine/preferable.
My original idea was to drill holes through each rod, and run the string through. Liz, however, brilliant person that she is… suggested I use eye hooks instead.
Here she is, serving as a really expensive clamp. She’s pretty brave…
… because I’m really good with power tools.
Perfectly center. It may look off, due to the angle of the camera lens… but let me assure you. Perfectly center. Now let’s never speak of this again.
Once the hole was drilled, we screwed in the eye hook. AT this point, you’re almost home free.
Simply measure out the amount of rope you want to use, slide it between both eye hooks. Right before tying off the string, make sure to slide in your weight.
Your finished giant bubble wand should look something like this. Basically, it’s one large loop of string, with a small weight at the bottom.
Huge Caveat: Despite having this awesome wand, my intial attempt with giant bubbles didn’t pan out so well. The formula I used was: 1 part Dawn, 10 parts Distilled Water, .25 Parts Glycerine. I’m pretty certain I got the measurements right, and while we were able to make bubbles… none of them were as large as the wand (they were maybe about 1/4 of the size).
Not sure what was off with the formula, so I’m in search of a new one. Any suggestions? Preferably something that’s a little easier to come by than Glycerine.
Hopefully, I can give this another go before it gets too cold outside. Though it largely failed, this was a wonderful experiment and I had a lot of fun in the attempts. Trial and error, my friends… trial and error.