How to create remarkable frozen bubbles in winter

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer


Cold winter weather can lead to amazing spectacles, such as ice wheels in flowing rivers, boulders of ice on lakes and even caves made of ice.

While some formations like these can be rare to find in nature, others can be easy to make right in your backyard.

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Blowing bubbles that turn into orbs of ice is a simple experiment that can be done at home when the weather is cold enough.

Those attempting to make frozen bubbles can use regular bubble solution or a homemade solution comprised of one part water, four parts dish soap and a dash of light corn syrup.

Regardless of which bubble solution is used, one more ingredient is needed and can be supplied by Mother Nature only.

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For bubbles to freeze before they pop, temperatures need to be well below freezing. For the best results, temperatures should be in the single digits or below zero F.

It is possible for some ice to begin to form on bubbles when temperatures are in the lower 30s, 20s and teens; however, it will take longer for the ice to begin to form and the bubble may pop before the ice is noticeable.

Winds should also be calm when attempting this experiment as the wind causes bubbles pop quicker. Additionally, the wind can cause the bubbles to blow far away from you before they land and begin to freeze.

With the proper camera and ideal weather conditions, this experiment can create beautiful scenes on a cold winter day.

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Frozen bubble 3

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