Recently, Sola and I made some bubble wands. I was really surprised that they worked as well as store-bought wands. To make these wands, you need some copper wire (I used 18 gauge), beads, wire cutters, jeweler’s block, and ball-peen/jeweler's hammer.
The first thing that you will want to do is to decide how you want to make your handle. I have seen some people on Pinterest who made the ends into swirls, but I was worried that Sola could still poke her finger on the raw end of the wire, so I opted to tuck the wire under the bottom bead. To do this, I curved the wire into a “u”. Then I used my ball-pean hammer and jeweler’s block to hammer the “u” shape until it was very flat. The more you hammer metal, the stiffer it gets, so it won’t lose its shape.
We then started stringing beads on to the wire in the pattern that we both liked (you might have to use a smaller bead for the very first bead, just so it won’t slide off the bottom.
At the top, I also wanted to make sure that the wire ends were safely tucked into the beads, so I first stuck the end of the wire into the top bead, not bothering to shape the wand.
Then I shaped the wire into circular shapes (you can make any shape you want). I twisted the wire at the base of the wand, where it enters the beads. You want to twist the wire nice and snug up against the beads to make the handle stiff, or else it will be flopping all around.
And that is it! We’ve also been experimenting with several DIY bubble solution recipes.