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Rainbow Bubble Sculptures

Click through the steps in the box and to create a rainbow bubble sculpture machine.

Artist Jay Musler explored and developed experimental glass blowing techniques to create unique artworks. In Floating Objects, oil paint is used to add a Technicolor palette to the glass piece. When examined closely, the colors change with changing light and tiny dollhouse sized objects can be found seemingly floating within the piece. Using a recycled plastic bottle and food coloring you can explore colors and technique to create your own unique floating rainbow bubble sculptures.



  • Recycled Water Bottle

  • Old or mismatched sock

  • Rubber Band

  • Dish soap

  • Food Coloring

  • Scissors

  • Bowl or Cup


Pour 2 – 3 tablespoons of dish soap in a wide cup or bowl.


Then add 1 cup of water and stir well. If you have time, let the mixture sit undisturbed for 24 hours to create a stronger bubble solution.


With adult supervision, cut off the bottom of a clean recycled plastic bottle.


Slide a sock onto the freshly cut bottom of the bottle, pull tight and secure near the end of bottle with a rubber band. You may need to shorten the sock by cutting off the cuff or leg.


Place drops of food coloring on the end of the sock, feel free to mix and match colors.


Dip the sock end of your bubble blower into the bubble solution.


Remove the cap (if you haven’t already) and blow to create floating rainbow bubble sculptures. Explore adding color, bubble blowing, and bubble solution amounts to see how it changes the “sculptures” you create.

Share your creations @huntermuseum

Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges

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