Dry Ice Bubbles

Introduction: Dry Ice Bubbles

Dry ice is a fun cheap thing to experiment with. When it's exposed to warm temperatures it sublimates which means that it goes directly from a solid to a gas. When you put the dry ice cubes in water they create a water vapor which looks like the smoke that you see in the bubbles below!

- Dry Ice (Different from regular ice)
- Bubble solution (1 part dish soap and 2 parts water)
- A small dish to put your bubble solution in
- A rubber glove
- An empty water bottle
- Warm water

Step 1: Cut Off a Finger From the Glove

1) Cut off one of the fingers from the plastic glove
2) Cut off the tip of the finger so that you now have an open cylinder

Step 2: Over the Sink

1) Pour the bubble solution in the dish
2) Put about 3 or 4 pieces of dry ice in the empty water bottle (DO NOT HANDLE THE DRY ICE FOR VERY LONG WITH BARE HANDS- it will burn your skin because it's so cold)
3) Keep the warm water nearby (in the sink)

Step 3: Work Quickly!

1) Put some warm water (about 1/4 cup for 2 or 3 pieces of dry ice) in the water bottle with the dry ice. It will start producing a white smoky gas. 
2) Now put the cut finger of the plastic glove on the top of the water bottle.
3) Dip the end of the glove's finger in the bubble solution and watch your bubbles form!!!

Suggestions: Hold the bottle parallel to the ground to get bubbles that will float down on the floor as opposed to drizzle down the side of the water bottle.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    U know what is dry ice is? It is compress carbon dioxide and the white smokey thing is the gas.

    Inhaling too much can cause you nausea and breathing difficulties, so careful when dealing with it and one more thing, DO NOT HOLD IT WITH BARE HAND!


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Agreed! The white vapor that we see is actually water vapor, but when left alone the dry ice will emit carbon dioxide gas. About a pound of dry ice is safe to work with in a house but, one should always be careful!