Somewhere, Over The Rainbow…

May 12th, 2012 by ninja

Last weekend, Arturo introduced us to the mad science of super-sized bubbles. Over the past weeks, he perfected Sterling Johnson’s bubble mix and had a party-sized batch ready to go. He instructed us in building our own wands from sticks and string, and after a little practice, we got the hang of the basics. To their own amazement, the kids were able to create bubbles bigger than themselves! It’s all about timing: the longer the strings stay open, the bigger the bubble gets – but if you wait too long to close the wand, the bubble pops before it can take flight. Long after his own arms got tired, and long after all other kids had turned to other activities, Tobin kept chasing each new bubble with unchanged enthusiasm…

Arturo – thanks for getting us hooked, and thanks for taking a bunch of great pictures :)

Posted in Daily Musings, Photos


  1. sooki responded on May 13th, 2012 at 9:33 am


  2. jeeun responded on May 29th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Ninja, that’s pretty exciting. We have audrey’s b-day party next monday and i have just ordered glycerin! I have a few days to try and get this to work. It’s so dreamy, heaven!!

  3. ninja responded on May 29th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Awesome, Jeeun … it’s perfect for a birthday party!

    Here are a couple of tips: Arturo told me that the bubble mix needs to rest 24 hours before using it. It stays fresh up to one week, but the quality slowly declines after the first day.

    As far as strings/ropes go: do not use wool. Something doesn’t work about it … maybe the residual sheep fat in the fiber. Arturo used synthetic knitting yarn, but i have seen people work with extra-long shoe laces, both flat and round. It has to be slightly absorbent and it helps if it doesn’t tangle up like crazy.

    Good luck :)

  4. Jeeun responded on June 8th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Success. Although I felt more like a performer!! The kids were too young to do properly. I took all your advice and everyone was pretty impressed. It’s going to be a staple for all the bday parties now!!!!

  5. ninja responded on June 8th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Awesome … so glad to hear it was a success! Tobin didn’t have much stamina in making bubbles, but excelled at chasing and popping them ;-)
    Can’t wait to see your pictures! (?)