Great for windy days! They work great even on windy days where standard tri-string wands fail.Keith Johnson invented the Garland Wand in 2005 when he released a YouTube video announcing and open-sourcing it.]]Garland wands are easy to make. A large tri-string can be quickly converted to garland-use with twist-ties, little clips, or zip ties, but you will probably want to have a dedicated garland wand.
Types of GarlandsEdit
Regardless of the design, single strands of twine are generally not a good choice for the wand material (wick) as the loops tend to twist on themselves. Somewhat heavier/thicker or non-twisted materials (like hollow diamond-braid cord) tend to work better than string.
There are many variants of the bubble garland.
The most basic garland is a large tri-string converted into a garland by spreading out a large tri-string and gathering the midpoint of the bottom string and connecting it (with a ziptie or twist tie or by tying a piece of string to the midway point of the top-string. Continue to divide the loops in half until you have looplets of the desired size.
Keep in mind that the smaller the looplet, the more wind that is required to create bubbles. Looplets smaller than 4 inches or so across the top require quite windy conditions.
Popular Materials Edit
Diamond-braid cord and cotton twill have become very popular for garland construction. Cotton twill is cotton "tape" used in upholstery and clothing and can be purchased very inexpensively on the internet. (Finding appropriate twill in fabric stores can be challenging.) Composite garland looplets with diamond-braid cord for the top and t-shirt yarn for the bottom have been reported to work well also.
Modular/Segmented GarlandsEditBrian Lawrence, of SBF, the Soap Bubble Fanciers Yahoo Group, has been credited with a nice modular, segmented garland design that features looplets that you can chain together to adjust the size of the loop on the fly. The design also has the advantage that the loops are less likely to become twisted together than 'standard' garlands. Essentially, each looplet has a jump ring on one side of the looplet's top-string and a fishing swivel on the opposite side. Brian uses cotton twine to secure the swivles. The smallest size cable ties (pulled very tight) are very useful for quickly securing the top and bottom strings of the looplets. Read more about Brian's design here and here.
Tangle Resistant Garland DesignsEdit
Quick-dirty-garland wands and garlands made from twisted materials (such as twine or yarn) have a tendency to get twisted over time. To reduce tangles, use non-twisted wick materials such as diamond-braid cotton cord (with the core removed) or t-shirt yarn.
Twill/cotton tape garlands. Mr. Hisao Oono has come up with a very nice design that uses cotton twill (cotton-tape). You can use cotton twill and fabric glue or hot-melt glue to make a garland in minutes. Find out more about it here.Other tangle-resistant designs. See A Tangle Resistant Garland Design for step-by-step guide to making another tangle-resistant garland. It is also discussed in this SBF post. Rick Findley has posted his take on the anti-foldover garland. See the Garland category index for a complete current listing of related projects.
Many variations of the basic garland are possible.In this video, several garlands are attached to two poles and a child's wading pool is used for the bubble juice container.
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Read this SBF discussion for some interesting thoughts about bubble garland designs.
Swivels (Glowby's thoughts). Glowby the Bubbler recommends size #0 ball-bearing type swivels without snaps to go between looplets or looplet groups (he uses them every two or three looplets) to reduce tangling. He notes that barrel swivels and snap swivels are more prone to getting stuck or tangling than ball-bearing style swivels. These swivels can be purchased from stores and web sites that sell fishing tackle.
Bottom/Top String ratio explorations. Some materials are more prone to "foldovers" and/or tangles than others --- in such cases having a bottom:top ratio of more than or less than the common 2:1 ratio is advantageous. Glowby discusses some experiments in this SBF post.
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