How to Blow a Bubble with Bubblegum

How to Blow a Bubble with Bubblegum

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Blowing bubbles with bubblegum is a favorite pastime for kids and kids-at-heart alike. It can make the act of chewing gum into a whole lot of fun. Blowing bubbles isn't that hard, the key to success lies in learning the proper breathing technique, and how to manipulate the gum with your mouth. Everyone can do it, all it takes is a little practice and technique.

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  • Some gums are also stickier, making them harder to remove from your face when they pop. Usually, if you chew these gums a little longer before blowing a bubble, they won't be quite as sticky.
  • Gums with less sugar often have a stronger gum base for making bubbles. Gum bases contain a long molecule that adds elasticity to the gum. The right amount will make for the best texture for bubbles. [1] X Trustworthy Source American Chemical Society Scientific society for those involved with chemistry and publisher of several leading peer-reviewed scientific journals Go to source
  • Avoid old gum. If your gum is stale it will be drier, harder to chew, and bad for making bubbles. Use fresh gum to get the best results.
  • Don't wait too long. After a long time, perhaps half an hour, the bubblegum will deteriorate, becoming stiffer and brittle, and won't work as well.

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  • Move this ball of gum so that it sits right behind your front teeth. Use your tongue to flatten the ball into a small, flat circle. Use the back of your teeth to help flatten it by pushing the ball into them.
  • Practice in front of a mirror so you can see when the tip of the gum is in the right position.
  • Many people make the mistake of blowing just out of their lips rather than using breath from deeper within. Lip breath is not strong enough to produce a proper bubble, so be sure to put more energy into it. The appropriate way to push air into the gum is like producing a heavy sigh. Use your diaphragm to push the air and exhale.

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  • Keep your mouth open. Resist the urge to close your lips after removing your tongue. Keeping your mouth in an open position will give you a larger area to push air through.
  • For the biggest bubbles, blow bubbles inside. Stay away from wind and hot or cold temperatures. Cold air and wind can pop your bubble early, while hot air can make it so pliable it gets limp.
  • If you want to avoid the mess of a bubble popping in your face, you can draw the bubble back into your mouth and pop it with your tongue.

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  1. ↑http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemistry/adventures-in-chemistry/secret-science-stuff/gum.html
  2. ↑http://kidbucketlist.com.au/2014/07/29/learning-to-blow-bubbles-with-gum-a-new-skill-mastered/

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To blow the best bubbles with bubblegum, start by chewing a piece of gum until it’s soft and smooth, then use your tongue to roll the gum into a ball and flatten it against the roof of your mouth. Next, open your teeth slightly and push your tongue through the flattened gum, moving it vertically in front of your teeth. Gently blow as if you are sighing until you can feel the air begin to fill the gum and turn it into a bubble. Remove your tongue from the gum and keep blowing as long as you can, or until the bubble bursts. Keep reading for tips on the best kind of gum to use!

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