Build Your Own
Setting Up <<
|The outer casing for the axle can now be attached to any type of holder which still
allows the axle and bubble wheel to spin freely. The axle should be held horizontally so
that the rings on your bubble wheel do not quite touch the surface at their lowest point.
1" - 2" up is usually perfect.
Tape can be used to hold the outer case temporarily, but the bubbles will soon cause it
to loosen unless you also use wire, twist ties, waterproof glue, etc. for a more
permanent attachment. A box is pictured at left for this example. Poke holes in the box,
then insert the ends of your wires, etc. Twist together to tighten and attach the axle
casing more solidly.
Other ways to hold the axle include; punching holes in the side of a box or in the
solution container itself (if it's a fairly thin material), a separate container, or you could
even use a coat hanger which is bent or twisted to hold the axle in just the right position.
One benefit of using an outer casing for the axle is that you can easily slide it forward to
move the wheel away from the sides of your box/solution container/etc. If the wheel or
rings touch anything but bubble solution, it will greatly reduce or even prevent bubble
output altogether. If necessary you can also add a 1" - 2" spacer to hold the wheel at
the right position. Just cut a short section from a straw, pen, or other tube-shaped
material with a slightly larger diameter than the axle. It should be large enough for the
axle to spin easily.
Finally, you'll need a container to hold the bubble solution. It will have to be large
enough for the rings on your bubble wheel to be fully submerged at their lowest point.
Although it can be larger, the container has to be at least big enough so that the rings
don't touch the sides (or it could stop spinning).
It is usually best to place the wheel as close as possible to the front of your fan for
maximum output. To facilitate this, it's usually best to use a rectangular container with
flat sides, rather than a round one. Also, it's best if the container is just slightly larger
than the bubble wheel.
When adding bubble solution, the rings will have to be submerged at their lowest point.
Adding more solution can cause your bubble machine to produce bubbles for a longer
duration before you need to add more solution. However, it can also slow down the rate
of output - especially with smaller house fans. Of course, it's easy to pour in a little
more solution if the level gets low. Experiment with your fan and bubble maker to see
what works best for you.
You can also adjust the bubble output by changing the fan's speed, or by changing the
distance, angle, position, etc. The top-center part of a fan often has the strongest wind
output, but some fans produce more wind towards the sides. Place your hand in front of
your fan to find the strongest wind. Usually you'll get better results if you can place the
bubble machine a few feet off the ground. Here also it's a good idea to experiment for
That's it ... now you're a pro! Once you've had a little practice, you'll be able to make
them in no time from all sorts of materials. So have fun and keep in mind, it's wind
powered,... so more wind = more power.
If you want to see some variations click here.
|Wind Powered Bubble
Machines can help you
add fun to birthday
graduation & school
parties...or any occasion.
Draw more attention to
yard sales, fund raisers,
openings & events.
...or just for fun.
Add bubbles to your
decorations for any party
theme - at a fraction of
the price for electric
If you're looking for
birthday party game
ideas, everyone could
make their own simple
Try making several &
give as party favors...
Mark a location to help
guests find your home.
Add a few drops of
citronella oil to help
deter mosquitoes, etc.
|Bubble Solution – Any type of premixed solution
works well, or you can save money by easily
making your own bubble solution. All that you need
is ordinary dish soap and water. Any brand will do
fine, some are a bit thicker than others.
Start with a ratio of about 5:1 (water:soap) then
experiment for best results. Thin with water for
maximum efficiency. If solution is too thin, bubbles
won't form. If solution is too thick, the “bubble
wheel” rotates more slowly and can have a reduced
Glycerin or Kayro syrup can be added to improve
bubble strength, but it's not usually necessary -
unless you're trying to make especially large bubbles.
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