So glad your journey has brought you here. Much Blessings....namaste'
It's really very simple Lonnie. The hardest part is getting the mix right. This is where I got the recipe I started with. I read on another to substitute the a-glide with more equate or a product called j-lube. Here is a message board about it. Thats where the people that are serious about it hang out. LOTS of technical talk, but a good source for info and they'll answer your questions.
I use 4' bamboo poles that were on clearance at walmart. Any material that isn't going to leave dirt in your mix will do.
Strings - I started with 3/4" nylon/poly boat rope, but now I'm using cotton clothesline. Two strings twisted for the sides, and three braided for the top. Sides are almost as long as my wingspan, the top being about 2/3 that length.
After you have your materials, its allllll practice. I recommend following the instructions on the first page as far as mixing goes. Mix soaps together ahead of time seperately from the lubes. This will also allow you to only mix what you're going to use, as for some reason the quality decreases over time once blended together.
Humidity is your friend. I cannot stress this enough. If you want to get the most out of your bubbles, go out at 6am. Not only is the light from dawn unbeleiveable, its the most humid time of the day. Your bubbles will last much longer.