Frozen Soap Bubbles

Some clever person figured out that if you give soap bubbles enough time to fall to ground on a very cold night, by the time they reach it they will be frozen. Of course, pictures have ensued. Check them out as they are quite beautiful

Thanks Boing Boing!

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I wonder...
LucDaRocka15 years ago
in the reflection it kinda looks like a man with no head. scary
baileygrib7 years ago
I know a way to make "frozen" soap bubbles that you can hold and toss around. Send me a message and i will give you the recipe for the solution.
Still have that recipe on hand? I would be interested in knowing how this is done, if you have the time to explain it to me. Thanks

oh canu give me the recipe to i want to fasinate my sister and while at it give u the credit okay.

 theres an instructable tht i made called frozen bubbles check tht out.
Please send me the recipie.

I am sooo going to do that this winter!
baileygrib7 years ago
I just posted an Instructable called frozen bubbles about two minutes ago with the recipe, tips and ideas. Please rate and comment!!!!!!.
comodore7 years ago
Sooo beautiful! It probably so frozen you can hold it, maybe even toss it around... :P
no i bet the layer of ice is so thin it would melt right away
Well, first you dip your hands in liquid nitrogen. xD
Then your face. Then you punch your frozen head with your frozen hand. Feels amazing!
haha... i think you wouldn't feel a thing... :P
haha nice
This deserves an I'ble, or at least a Slideshow! Please post after you've had someone take pictures of you :->
Haha! Will do!
Alex Dee7 years ago
how do you get frozen bubles can you teach me how to do it
stellerfoto7 years ago
soooooooooooooo beeee uuu ti ful
This patterns are beautiful...too bad I live in florida.
Oh well, i live in florida too...wowwwww........... they are pretty...........
headcrab7 years ago
Cool Idea try spraying deodrant into the bubble mix then make the bubble freeze like you did put a lighter under the frozen bubble see if it bursts into flames
thought of this when i was 8 works fine with your breath
backy7 years ago
wowwwwww how did you do that?!!
kelseymh backy7 years ago
I guess it would never occur to you to follow the link and actually read the article?

Or were you asking how Randofo created a forum topic? If so, click on the SUBMIT link at the top of every I'bles page, and read it.
lowercase7 years ago
Does you people see this every winter? I mean many people are amazed by how cool it is but I'd tought that It was so common as snow angels and tongues on poles for people living in countries with seasons. everybody is like a *NEW* discovery on Winter2008.

Really Nice!
chiok7 years ago
What do you suppose happens to the bubbles when they reach the ground? Does the bubble just burst since the layer of ice is still incredibly thin, or will they sit for long enough to transport them into the freezer? Lovely find, that is pretty.
. Using the last few pics at the link to guide me, I'll guess that they will not be much stronger (if any) when frozen and will burst on contact with the ground.
Rishnai chiok7 years ago
Probably depends on how quickly your bubble is falling.
Plasmana7 years ago
Wow! That is very impressive!
KentsOkay7 years ago
I've heard of doing this before but no luck in my climate...
gnomedriver7 years ago
I'm dreaming dreams, I'm scheming schemes, I'm building castles high. They're born anew, Their days are few, Just like a sweet butterfly. And as the daylight is dawning, They come again in the morning. 'm forever blowing bubbles, Pretty bubbles in the air. They fly so high, Nearly reach the sky, Then like my dreams, They fade and die. Fortune's always hiding, I've looked everywhere, I'm forever blowing bubbles, Pretty bubbles in the air.
FaqMan7 years ago
That is just plan awesome.
Der Bradly7 years ago
Wow I got to try this sometime
jacobzman7 years ago
cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
wow I've always wanted to do that.
kelseymh7 years ago
Those are spectacular pictures; thanks for finding them! The first one is oddly uniform, but the next three really show the dendritic crystal growth (freezing), and you can even see domain walls where different regions came into contact. The one with an almost perfect "equatorial" domain wall is quite extraordinary.
The equatorial one could be from either temperature difference or maybe wind?

Belch Oh, look, a bubble!
As long as it wasn't southernly... Bubbles are dangerous from there...
=SMART=7 years ago
Ace ! That's beautiful !
Very pretty! I bet I could do this in my apartment right now. :P
roadieflip7 years ago
that is amazing... wonder if you blew them into liquid nitrogen, would you be able to stop them bursting?
ChrysN7 years ago
Wow, those are amazing. I'm also curious about the temperature needed to do this, I'll have to go outside and try, though I doubt it's cold enough here in Vancouver.
. Since the bubble film is so thin, my guess it that it doesn't have to be that cold. It would be interesting to find out how cold it was when the pictures were taken.
. Let us know how your experiment turns out.
but the air you blow in it isnt cool try to use cool (about freezing) air from compessor and not from your breath
Because your breath is mixing with the ambient air, I'm not sure it will stay warm for very long (yes, that's a good science experiment :-). The fact that the bubbles in the photos did freeze is not unreasonable evidence that breath is a functional medium.
Yes, that's a good point, and I don't have a compressor or anything like that.
. Just about any compressed gas should work (as long as it's compatible with the soap). Dust-off, Freon, &c. They may not vaporize very well at below-freezing temps, but you don't need a lot of pressure to make a bubble.
> but the air you blow in it isnt cool . heehee Hadn't thought about that
kelseymh ChrysN7 years ago
At night in still air, it might not even need to be below freezing. My car often gets frost on the windows overnight, from evaporative cooling.
Sandisk1duo7 years ago
very awesome!
guyfrom7up7 years ago
I had this idea when I was 9, but never could do it. I also tried with one minute epoxy, but that couldn't form large bubbles.
NachoMahma7 years ago
. That is awesome! Right up there with snowflakes.
Sunbanks7 years ago
Those remind me of christmas tree ornaments... Next time it's really cold here I'm going to try this.
Gjdj37 years ago
That's awesome! I wanna try.
hmm.... I wonder how cold it would have to be?
Kiteman7 years ago
They are beautiful! That sixth shot, of the shattering bubble is amazing!