Frozen Bubbles

Frozen bubbles are always a challenge that I enjoy. I am never perfectly happy with the ones I take though.

The other day a photographer friend of mine posted some wonderful frozen bubble pictures. I asked him if he would please share his secret 🙂 He was very sweet and shared this with me.

Sugar in the solution helps a lot with the crystallization of the bubbles. He also mentioned to be sure that the sun is at a 45 degree angle from the bubbles and use a macro lens if possible. A simple background is best, a major challenge here! And then there are some common sense “rules”. A still day with single digit temperature works best, though low teens may work also. Dress warmly!

I am so excited, these work so much better than what I was doing! I am looking forward to many more attempts 🙂

If you want to try the recipe, here it is!

1/2 c warm water (distilled is recommended, but I used tap)
1 Tbl vegetable glycerin or corn syrup
1 Tbl sugar
1 Tbl dish soap; Dawn original is recommended, but most will work

  1. Combine water with sugar and glycerin.
  2. Stir well to dissolve sugar.
  3. Add dish soap and stir gently.
  4. Let sit at least 30 minutes before using.
  5. Store in airtight container

I do not know if these would work for giant bubbles, but the recipe for those are here if you want to try.