Coloured Bubbles and Disappearing Dyes


[Update] Matt has pointed out that these are called Zubbles, and on the website you can see photos of them. Thanks, Matt!

Clear bubbles will soon be a thing of the past – retro, even. An idea by Tim Kehoe, and perfected by dye chemist Ram Sabnis has become a reality. Read the full story on the Popular Science magazine website.

They have managed, through years of trial and error, dangerous, staining dyes, chemical burns, and clever chemistry, to create bubbles of nearly 300 colours. There’s even a black bubble, which will certainly be popular with the goth community…

When the bubbles pop, they temporarily stain you, but after a few minutes, the colour disappears entirely, on its own. There is no need to wash it out. Tim Kehoe is working on a number of projects that make use of this new temporary dye – and since industry has nearly always been concerned with colour fastness, expect to see some novel uses of a temporary dye in years to come.

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2 Responses to Coloured Bubbles and Disappearing Dyes

  1. David St. Hubbins 20 November, 2005 at 10:35 pm #

    Pics of these are available at
    I can’t wait to get hold of some of these. Black bubbles aren’t just for Goths…

    “Bubbles! Oh come on Sharon! I’m f***ing Ozzy Osbourne, I’m the Prince of f***ng Darkness. Evil! Evil! What’s f***ing evil about a s***load of bubbles!?”


  1. KronicD's ramblings.... - 19 November, 2005

    Coloured Bubbles!

    A man named Tim Kehoe has spent the past 11 years of his life attempting to create marketable coloured bubbles, he has finally succeded. These bubbles even come in opaque colours, such as black and white. The most amazing thing about these is that th…