When using gum to create bubbles, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First and foremost is selecting high quality chewing gum like double bubble or anglo for maximum efficacy; inferior alternatives won't do the job or pop too easily.
As it's best to practice indoors away from wind, extreme hot or cold temperatures, and any wind or humidity that could make gum too dense and inflexible to form bubbles, practicing inside is also beneficial for creating bubbles.
1. Hold the Gum in Your Mouth
Chew 2-3 pieces of gum until it becomes soft and pliable, then flatten it against the back of your teeth and press gently so as to create an air pocket - taking care not to puncture any holes into the gum layer! Carefully begin blowing air into this pocket while controlling its airflow so as to create an expanding bubble over time.
Strive to form your lips into an O shape to allow air to come in evenly around your tongue, creating a round bubble. Breathe from your diaphragm instead of blowing air from lips so as to maintain inflation of bubble. Continue this technique until a bubble forms in front of your face - it takes practice!
2. Press the Gum Against the Roof of Your Mouth
Bubblegum can be found almost everywhere and comes in an assortment of flavors. When purchasing fresh gum, make sure that it remains soft and easy to chew.
Start by unwrapping and chewing a piece or strip of gum until all its flavor and sugar crystals have dissipated, becoming soft and pliable - this may take several minutes.
Now, roll it with your tongue into a ball shape. Position it so that it sits directly behind your front teeth and push through with your tongue - being careful not to poke through. If this does occur, just form another ball and try again; practice will only help improve. Eventually, it will come time to try blowing bubbles!
3. Shift the Gum to Fill the Hole
At the core of it all is selecting an appropriate type of gum to blow a bubble with. While any chewing gum could work, for optimal results select one specifically made for blowing bubbles as it will be more flexible and manageable to use.
Practice on outdoor or in an environment with moderate air conditions for maximum results. Too much wind or cold air will make gum dense and inflexible, thus decreasing bubble size.
Once you've got a flattened piece of gum, move your tongue out of the way and allow air pressure to expand it further - this will give you more room to work with as you continue blowing bubbles.
4. Pull Your Tongue Back
Careful consideration and deliberate attention are keys to creating gum bubbles. Start by chewing your gum until it becomes soft and malleable before gently flattening it with your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Also make sure the gum is warm before slowly blowing into even breaths to expand and grow the bubbles.
Next, gently push your tongue through the flattened gum. Be cautious not to poke through or you could risk poking it right through! When completed, pull back your tongue and start blowing. Be sure to regulate air volume or else your bubble could pop and ruin all your hard work - if this does occur just put back in your mouth and try again!
5. Blow Air into the Gum
Just before chewing a piece of gum until it becomes soft, flatten it with your tongue by pressing against it gently with your tongue. Position it behind your front teeth and push through it gently using your tongue; be cautious not to puncture through or poke right through. For maximum effectiveness it may help practicing in front of a mirror so you get used to doing this technique.
Once you have created a hole in the gum with an adjoining layer, slowly blow air into it to expand it. Be mindful of how much air you blow so your bubble doesn't burst prematurely!
Alternately, you could roll the gum into a ball and press it against your teeth - this method tends to produce larger bubbles but requires greater skill to master.