Recently, in the bubble industry, solutions for bubble shows have been frequently modified, and recipes and secrets of formula are changing almost every month.
The solutions must meet all requirements of the artist. There must not be a situation when a particular trick cannot be done due to poor solution recipe.
A universal solution works equally well for ordinary bubbles and for giants, for tricks, for glowing table. For work indoors or outdoors. In general, for all types of props and conditions of bubble making.
We have our own proprietory original bubble formula, which we were developing for many years to make our bubbles incredibly beautiful and bouncy.
About the solution for bubble shows
Enthralled boys and girls during the show will hardly worry about tidiness of their fancy clothes and safety of the soap solution. But parents definitely should be concerned about this purely practical aspect. During a lively and noisy game, bubbles can fall on clothes, and the most active participants, who will get inside a giant bubble, will be covered with tiny splashes from head to toes.
The organizers have taken care about all details of the show, therefore the solution is made of harmless, chemically neutral components. It means that if a bubble bursts on the clothes of a child, it will not leave a trace and will not spoil the color of the fabric. In addition, the solution does not have obvious chemical smell and will not cause allergy even after getting on the face of a curious kid.
In fact, there are a whole lot of recipes. Some make surface film very elastic, others make it very strong.
It should be noted that making of the solution is not a simple process and takes as much skills as a bubble show itself. For every trick and element, there is a particular formula with different characteristics and physical properties. With good organization and professionalism of artists, this faerie process will enthrall children of all ages and will become one of the highlights of the party.
A bubble is a thin film of soapy water forming a sphere with an iridescent surface. Bubbles usually live just a few seconds and burst when you touch them or do it spontaneously. They are often used by children in their games, but adults love entertainment shows with bubbles too.
Because of its frailty, bubble has become a symbol of something attractive but empty and transient.
Bubble wall structure
Bubble film consists of a thin layer of water included between two layers of molecules, usually soap. These layers contain molecules, some of which are hydrophilic and others are hydrophobic. Hydrophilic portion is attracted by the thin layer of water, while hydrophobic one, on the contrary, is pushed out. It results in the formation of layers protecting the water from quick evaporation and reducing surface tension.
Surface tension and shape
A bubble exists because the surface of any liquid (in this case, water) has a certain surface tension which makes the surface behave like something elastic. However, a bubble made of water only is unstable and bursts quickly. To stabilize it, some surfactants, like soap, should be dissolved in water. There is a popular misconception that soap increases surface tension of water. In fact, it does quite the opposite – reduces surface tension to about one third of the pure water surface tension. When soap film stretches the concentration of molecules on the surface decreases, increasing the surface tension. Thus, soap selectively strengthens weak portions of the bubble by not letting it stretch further. In addition, soap prevents evaporation of water, thus further prolonging bubble’s lifetime.
Surface tension is also responsible for spherical shape of a bubble. Tension forces form a sphere because sphere has the least surface area at given volume. This shape may be significantly distorted by air flows and thus by the very process of bubble blowing. However, if left floating in still air, a bubble will soon take a close to spherical shape.