How To Make Frozen Soap Bubbles

Just back from vacation, I thought I would venture into new territory today and put together this post on a very cool and beautiful DIY I learned from Angela Kelly and saw on her hometown news website in Washington State. Just this past month she went outside with her 7 year old son and blew bubbles in a chilly arctic wind ranging from 9 to 12 degrees. Her pictures are above.

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Remarkably, soap bubbles can be blown in very cold temperatures, freeze and remain intact if they are strong enough. Angela Kelly and her son blew bubbles with the solution below and watched them freeze and sit on the hood of her car. Before the sun was up they would freeze completely and with the sun up they would only partially freeze. Once frozen they would each have unique crystalline patterns and shapes, some would crack like an egg and others would deflate. You can see Angela Kelly's site here and read all about her account here in the Komo News.

Giant Soap Bubble Solution

3 cups water
1 cup liquid dishwashing detergent
1/2 cup white corn syrup

By adding corn syrup to a basic soap bubble recipe you create a sugar polymer and a much stronger bubble that is able to live long enough to be frozen. Here's another recipe from KaroSyrup.com.

From the sites I looked at, you want to have temperatures as cold as 9-12 Fahrenheit (or colder) so that the bubbles freeze quickly. In addition, you want to blow the bubbles up into the air so that they have time to freeze before heading to the ground.

Here is a list of good frozen bubble sources:

Frozen Soap Bubbles - almostunschoolers.blogspot.com
Cool video - SmithsonianMag.com
FreezeBubbles photo series from England
More long lasting soap bubble recipe - SoapBubble.DK

(Image credits: Angela Kelly; Angela Kelly ; Freezebubbles)