Frozen soap bubbles

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  1. SquarePeg

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    It’s that time of year. Time to try to convince myself that the cold has its uses. Saw this online yesterday and decided to try it. It was easy enough to make the bubble solution (water, dish soap and corn syrup) and the deck is out of the wind so I just stepped out the door and was ready to go. For those who don’t know, the bubble solution surrounds a layer of water and when the water freezes it makes really cool shapes and crystals in the middle layer before the bubble eventually pops. Going to try this again next time it’s cold with more interesting light. Also I need better backgrounds to make the bubbles show up more and have to work out something to kneel on in the snow as my focus was off on quite a few due to camera shake on my part trying to crouch and keep my balance and not land on my butt in the snow on the deck. Anyway, the results...

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    These turned out great! What is your recipe for the parts? I tried this last year with a child's bubbles and didn't work. Too windy.
     
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    Nice! With any luck I'll never be able to reproduce those images!
     
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    Yes the wind will kill this experiment right out of the gate. I used a red solo cup 3/4 filled with water, filled the rest with dawn dishwashing detergent and about three big glops of corn syrup. Very precise I know. Stir and maybe chill first might help since the longer I was out there the easier it was to get the bubbles to form. Used a straw to make the bubbles right on the railing.
     
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    Here’s what it looks like when it pops.

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    That is so cool!!!! Thanks for sharing. Maybe the cold weather is a good thing, as it seems to be bringing out the creativity today!!!!
     
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    Hmm...so what purpose does the corn syrup serve? Very cool crystal shapes! I may have to try this too. Thanks! Could you use food coloring to enhance the ability to see the bubbles?
     
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    I believe in this case it’s a thickener to strengthen the bubbles. Some people also use sugar.
     
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    Did you try making a little snowperson with three varying sized bubbles?
     
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    Great idea but it’s really not that easy to get one bubble to form on a surface without breaking when you’re outside in the freezing cold let alone three different size bubbles connected.
     
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    Whoa,whoa,whoa! Building bubble snow people requires an aesthetician's certificate and state board licensing in virtually all the cold-weather states! I don't think she's qualified/licensed for that kinda' activity!
     
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    Darn. I was thinking of trying triangular stacks with different food colors!
     

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