Friday, January 10, 2014

Good Idea Friday - Frozen Bubbles

And we're back from our break! Hope everyone had a great holiday season! A huge cold snap has taken over most of the U.S., and with cold weather comes a lot of interesting pins, one of which is an image of a bubble freezing over. I had at least a half dozen fans send me this image asking me "This can't be true, can it?"

Well, actually, yes! I know, I was skeptical too, but it turns out that yes, bubbles can and do freeze if the temperature is low enough.

There are a few tips to doing this though. First off it needs to be COLD outside. I'm not talking barely 32 degrees, it needs to be really cold outside. According to this great youtube video that shows a bubble freezing, he says that it needs to be at least 8 degrees for it to begin to freeze. Even then, it does take some time for the bubble to begin to freeze. You can read more about it and see some amazing photos here.

So has anyone tried this yet? I live in the Pac NW where it doesn't get that cold, and we were spared the cold snap that has moved across the country this week, so I haven't been able to test it. Share your stories and photos over with us on facebook or twitter.


  1. Well, here in northern MN we do this all the time. The colder the better though. In 2009 I remember blowing bubbles outside when it was -35/-40ºF. It's fun that they freeze instantly, but it's rather boring to be honest. :) Imagine a bubble made of cellophane wrapping. That's what it resembles when it freezes. Then it falls to the ground and sits there without popping, and if there is a slight breeze, it just kind of falls apart.

  2. We did it a couple weeks ago in GA when we saw crazy temps of about 5 degrees F!

    It's hit and miss. We could see the crystals forming in the bubble, but then one of 2 things would happen. If the bubble was too big it would be "bouncy" and ice crystals don't do bouncy so they would pop. Make them smaller and they dropped like rocks and break. We did manage to catch a couple and watch them freeze but then they weren't that beautiful sphere shape.

    Maybe with a little more practice and better bubble soap it could work!

  3. Anonymous28/2/14

    I think it's pretty cool, but I did notice that if you blow the bubbles up instead of straight out in front of you it works better. It gives them a little more time to freeze.

  4. we did the bubbles this last winter, I blew them and then caught them back on the wand to let them sit long enough to freeze. I don't remember the temperature but we had many days around 0 degrees. Very cool! My son loved popping the frozen bubbles and seeing how they were like broken eggshells.

  5. Anonymous28/11/14

    I Don't Know How Much Truth There IS to This, But I also Read (Naturally, In Spring when It Started To Thaw) ThaT You Need To Add Glycerine To The Bubble mixture. I Also Have No Idea why My Phone Suddenly Started To Capitalize Every Word.....

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