Frozen Soap Bubbles

After having enjoyed the mildest December since we moved to Canada in the first half of this month, Winter hit us with a dump of 50cm of snow the week prior to Christmas. After we dug our way out of this the temperatures dropped dramatically this week. It is quite normal for us to have at least one, if not two weeks of freezing temperatures of -35C, so this is nothing unusual for us.

For the past few years I have been saying that I would use one of those freezing cold days to try to make frozen soap bubbles (it needs to be at least -25C for this to work), so this year I actually did just that. I created the bubble mix by using some water, washing up liquid, sugar (for crystallisation), and corn syrup (to make the mix more stable). I found the recipe online, but the first mix (following the quantities given) was just not stable enough, so I added more corn syrup, but that gave a mix that just didn’t bubble too well, so more soap was added. After three different mixes (all of which have to sit in the freezer for half an hour before use) I got something that worked well enough. Word of warning if you want to try this out, you must have patience, as 9 out of 10 bubbles will burst before you get a chance to take any photos. I also found that using a straw to blow the bubbles worked better than the usual bubble blowing wand.

The whole enterprise would have benefitted from having a second person to help, but as I was on my own that morning it was just me trying to blow bubbles and then racing to the camera on the tripod to take the photos. I did try to use a remote shutter, but it was just so cold that the remote did not work. So it was me, a locked focus and some luck.

Here are the best of the bunch from my freezing morning.

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6 thoughts on “Frozen Soap Bubbles

  1. These are wonderful, Simone! I applaud your adventurous spirit and the patience it took to come up with these beautiful images. Can’t even imagine those temps!


  2. They look so delicate and beautiful, hope you’ve written down the best recipe for next time.


  3. Tammy

    Oh wow, you got it to work! I have been trying with no lick so far. Absolutely beautiful!!!!


    • Thank you Tammy! I found that I had to adjust the receipt a bit by adding more corn syrup in order to stablize the bubbles a bit more. Hope you are successful!


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