Who needs to see the old trick of throwing water into the air and watching it freeze? No, because now we have Frozen Bubbles!
Calgary photographer Chris Ratzlaff has posted some great video on freezing and photographing bubbles. A water bubble can transform into a ‘snow globe’ in just a few seconds if the temperature is just right.
“When it gets really cold out and you are stuck inside and have nothing to do, you might as well go out and do something,” he told The Canadian Press.
“It’s a fun thing to do. It’s a challenge when you get this cold to come up with something new and different to photograph.”
It’s been a bone-chilling few days for many as Arctic air continues to deliver cold temperatures across much of the country.
The creation of intricate snowflake structures and patterns was started by Canadian storm chaser and photographer Chris Ratzlaff and very soon it went viral. He later even shared the secret recipe for the bubble along with tips, so that others too can try a hand at creating a magic bubble.
How To Make Some Frozen Bubbles
Blowing bubbles that will freeze 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.
Or Chris’s own BubbleMadness recipe:
- 200ml warm water
- 35ml corn syrup
- 35ml dish soap
- 2tbs sugar
Mix up the ingredients, and put some of the solution in a bowl. Use a straw to blow into the mixture and create bubbles.
Regardless of which bubble solution is used, one more ingredient is needed and can be supplied by Mother Nature only.
Videos of freezing bubbles have been popping up on the internet in this sub-freezing weather pattern, and here’s how you can get in on the fun.
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. For the best results, temperatures should be in the single digits or below zero F.
With the proper camera and ideal weather conditions, this experiment can create beautiful scenes on a cold winter day.