bubble Precious jewel, you glow, you shine,

reflecting all the good things in the world.

– Maya Angelou

Last winter I experimented with freezing bubbles in a photo quest.  It didn’t really work out (ok, it was an epic fail).  When I heard our temperature would plummet to minus 16 this week, I re-arranged my plans to channel my creative energy into cracking the code on this mystery.

“Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone -- kindness in another's trouble, courage in your own.” ― Adam L. Gordon

I captured a few tiny frozen miracles.

Take a peak… then I will share my tips in case you are fascinated with bubble science!

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Here comes the sun.

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An Ordinary Bubble Solution

3 cups filtered water
1 1/4 cups Dawn dishwashing soap
1/8 cup glycerin (I found mine at Michaels)
  1. Pour the water into a bucket or bowl.
  2. Add dishwashing soap to the water.
  3. Pour the glycerin into the solution and mix some more.  Mix gently and try to avoid creating bubbles as you stir.
  4. Then add a little more glycerin, especially if you drove all the way to Michaels to buy it.  I seriously added more… like another 1/8 cup, but I can’t be sure.  It seems like the secret ingredient.

Without a handy bubble wand, I improvised.

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5 Tips for Freezing Bubbles 

1.) Apparently you don’t need sub zero temps; just temps dipping below 32 degrees F.   My test occurred in the -10 to -14 range.

2.) Obviously wind affects your experiment.  A protected area is ideal.

3.) Bubbles blown from the balcony have no better chance of survival compared to the bubbles created a few feet from the ground.  I thought that perhaps more “float” time would yield a stronger freeze.

4.) After blowing a bubble, capture the floating beauty with the wand.  It will freeze while it perches (of course assuming its freezing)

5.) If you really want your photographs to capture the light, try snapping your photograph at the level where the bubble rests.  Consider wearing your ski gear 🙂

I have a lot to learn on perfecting the bubble mix and process!  My quest for the perfect frozen bubble continues!

Washington-based photographer Angela Kelly is my idol. With temps in the 9 to 12-degree range she has captured spectacular frozen bubbles.  Take a peak.

In case you live in a beautiful warm locale and want to try an alternate bubble project, let me recommend my giant bubble method.  Details here!  

IMG_1238Missy is less enthusiastic about this cold snap.

I would love to hear your tips and success stories!