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Soap bubbles.
228                What Shall We Do Now?
and smoothing down the hair with the fingers forming his beak. To get a clear shadow it is necessary to have only one light, and that fairly close to the hands.
For blowing bubbles the long clay pipes called "churchwardens" are best. They cost a penny. Before using them, the end of the mouthpiece ought to be covered with sealing-wax for about an inch, or it may tear your lips. In a most interesting book on soap bubbles, by Mr. E. V. Boys, published by the S.P.C.K., there is a recipe for a soap mixture that makes bubbles of far more toughness than those blown from ordinary soap. As the preparations are rather complicated, it may serve here just to pass on Mr. Boys' preference for common yellow soap to scented soap (but oleate Castile soap, which you can get at any chemist's, is, he says, better), and rain-water to ordinary water. He also recommends adding a little of Price's glycerine. On a still summer day, bubble-blowing out-of-doors is a fascinating and very pretty occupation.
Leaves which are to be skeletonised should be picked from the trees at the end of June. They should be perfect ones of full growth. It is best to have several of each kind, as some are sure to be failures. Put the leaves in a big earthenware dish or pan, fill it with rain-water, and stand it in a warm and sunny place—the purpose of this being to soak off the green pulpy part. There is a great difference in the time which this takes : some fine leaves will be ready in a week, while others may need several months. Look at the leaves every day, and when one seems to be ready slip a piece of cardboard under it and shake it about gently in fresh cold water (tap water will do). If any green stuff remains, dab it with a soft brush and then put it into another basin of clean water. A fine needle can be used to take away any small and obstinate pieces of green. It is now a skeleton and must be bleached according to the following directions :— Pour into a large earthenware jar a pint of water on half a pound
Skeleton leaves.
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