Thursday, December 10, 2015

Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles!

If you're from Shelby County then you are probably familiar with the 'Bubble Man' who sells bubble wands that create gigantic bubbles! My family has seen him in several parking lots and at the farmer's market selling his creations, and watching in awe as the huge bubbles float high into the sky.

The weather the next few days will be perfect to get outside and blow some bubbles! You may even be able to find the Bubble Man around town to purchase some of his wands (great Christmas gift!). A friend of mine bought some wands this summer, and was given the award winning bubble soap recipe!

The Bubble Man's Guar Gum Recipe:
  • 2 tablespoons guar gum powder (xanthan gum substitute can be found at Kroger and will work too)
  • 2-4 tablespoons rubbing alcohol (you must make a guar slurry, before adding it to the water)
  • 3 gallons of HOT tap water
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 18 oz. Dawn Power Clean Platinum dish soap
In a bucket, pour 3 gallons HOT tap water and add the baking power. Mix it well, until there are no lumps. Set mixture aside. Measure the guar gum powder into a small bowl and add enough rubbing alcohol to blend it into a smooth, lump-free slurry that will pour easily. Start stirring the water in the bucket until it’s moving quickly enough to create a slight vortex in the center. At that time, pour the guar/alcohol slurry into it and continue to stir for two minutes to allow it to thicken slightly and allow the guar to hydrate. Next, gently mix in the dish soap (try to avoid foaming). Let the whole thing sit for about 15 minutes. When the bubbles are popping prematurely, the addition of a pinch of Polyethylene Oxide can have a profound effect. A small amount of sediment at the bottom is normal.

The wand can be created with pvc pipes, caps, and cotton string. I recommend purchasing some from the Bubble Man next time you see him around town! Have you seen how big those bubbles are?!

Get ready to start popping.......

*These directions were given to P. Farris by the Bubble Man. 

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