BubblesUnlimited

Homemade Bubble Makers

New York, United States On Etsy since 2013

BubblesUnlimited

Homemade Bubble Makers

New York, United States | 40 Sales

Announcement    Your New Online Source for all your Bubble needs! Select from a variety of homemade wands for the ULTIMATE bubble experience! Great for both children and adults!!

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Your New Online Source for all your Bubble needs! Select from a variety of homemade wands for the ULTIMATE bubble experience! Great for both children and adults!!

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Stephen Duncan

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On Etsy since 2013

Something as simple as a bubble can brighten a person's day.

Ever since he was a child, Stephen has always had a passion for bubbles. He was introduced to the bubble making process when he visited a science museum in grade school. He remembers going into a room where he had to dip a large metal hoop into a thin tank of soapy solution and then hoist it out of the tank over his head to produce a massive bubble. "That one room in the museum always stuck with me" He said. "I never forgot the effect that it had on me. I've been fascinated by bubbles ever since."

In the summer of 2007, Stephen had an experience on a trip through the city that would change his life. When he was riding his bike in Lower Manhattan, he came across a vendor on the sidewalk who was selling a kids' toy that produced large soap bubbles. He was so fascinated by the toy that he bought it on the spot and started using it around the city. "I would take it to parks and public squares and entertain anyone who would watch", he said. "I really got a kick out of entertaining people, especially kids. Sometimes the people were so appreciative, they would give me money. That's when the lightbulb went off."

Stephen first conceived of the idea of his Bubble business in late 2008 when he took his bubble wand and his resources and became a busker, performing in public parks for donations. He also studied the process of making bubble solution and familiarized himself with the outdoor conditions suitable for making good bubbles. He also taught himself how to create bubble making instruments from scratch. Over the years, he gradually honed his skills and became a fixture around the city, sometimes performing for large audiences. "That was when my trade started to take off", he said. People would come to me and tell me that I needed to turn this into a legitimate business. That was when I really started taking it seriously." Stephen then began to market himself as a self-employed entertainer, performing for children's parties, school events, professional photo shoots and non-profit organizations.

While performing at a children's party, Stephen learned about Etsy.com from a friend of one of his clients. He visited the website and began to learn of the growing online community of self-made entrepreneurs who were plying their trade on the website. In the summer of 2013, Stephen officially opened his online store to the public. He constructs the bubble instruments at home and ships them out to his clients. Each bubble wand is handmade and comes in different lengths and designs according to the preference of the customer. He also includes a list of instructions and a special recipe for making long lasting bubbles. "I'm taking the skills that I've learned over the years and applying them to something new. I believe that this site will allow me to reach a whole new group of kids and adults across the country. I never imagined I would be involved in something like this. I'm taking this all the way."

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  • Stephen Duncan

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    Stephen Duncan is the founder and proprietor of Bubbles Unlimited. Born and raised in New York City, Stephen first conceived the idea for his business in late 2008. He works full time as a performance artist sharing his love for bubbles with others.

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