butane sources

Bernzomatic butane can

Butane is good news/bad news stuff. Good news: freezes stuff together, quickly and cheaply. Bad news: REALLY flammable.the whole entry...
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ice sculptures and floral video


In this informative video from Ice Pro Ice Sculptures, Joe Rimer shows how to combine flowers and an ice vasethe whole entry...
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ice block with frozen fish patties for a Popeyes commercial

a shrimper imposter

Who is this fool and what does he have to do with freezing fish patties into an ice block for a Popeyes commercial?the whole entry...
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freezing flowers into an ice luge

flowers and ice luge tubing freezing into an ice block

For a double tube luge, two spiraling tubes and three flowers were frozen into an ice block. Then the ice luge was cut from the ice block and the ends of the tubing were exposed so that the luge could be used.the whole entry...
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holiday ice sculpture design ebook

holiday ice sculpture design ebook from ice carving secrets

The holiday ice sculpture design ebook from ice carving secrets is here and if you were subscribed to the secrets newsletter email list, then you got an email with the free download link. Otherwise, you can buy it for a special price.the whole entry...
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Thanksgiving ice sculpture design ebook

Thanksgiving ice sculpture design ebook cover

The Thanksgiving ice sculpture design ebook from ice carving secrets is here and you can get it for free for a limited time if you “like” ice carving secrets on Facebook.the whole entry...
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Halloween ice sculpture design ebook

Halloween ice sculpture design ebook cover thumbnail

The first ice sculpture design ebook from ice carving secrets is here and you can get it for free for a limited time (but the limited time is over for now...) if you “like” ice carving secrets on Facebook.

(You can still download it for a cheap price though.)the whole entry...
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drawing on ice

drawing on ice with markers

The other day I got an email asking for advice on how to "write on the ice." Right away, I sent back an email that explained which kinds of magic markers let you write on ice when it's still frozen (not while it's melting). Well, you can probably see where this is going: that's not what he meant...the whole entry...
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color logos in ice using transparencies

color logos in ice using transparencies

Need to create an ice sculpture incorporating a color logo or design? Printed color transparencies frozen into your sculptures offer a simple solution to a potentially challenging problem. Check out a couple of methods that will add a splash of color to your ice.the whole entry...
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using glitter in ice

ice sculptures colored with glitter

Glitter can be incorporated into ice sculpture coloring techniques, potentially resulting in more vivid, eye-catching color in your ice sculptures. Get the details on this ice carving technique, originally posted on the previous version of ice carving secrets.the whole entry...
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quick tips archive 2

archiving little nuggets of ice sculpting wisdom so that you don’t have to learn them the hard way too...the whole entry...
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preserving ice sculptures for transport

fish out of water ice sculpture

Getting an ice sculpture from the freezer to the event can be the toughest part of all...the whole entry...
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the nailboard

Brice nailboard blog entry preview image

The nailboard is one of the most useful hand tools available to ice sculptors and is often a must for assembling multi-block sculptures.the whole entry...
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quick tips archive 1

archiving little nuggets of ice sculpting wisdom so that you don’t have to learn them the hard way too...the whole entry...
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printing your own ice sculpture templates WITHOUT a large format printer

how to make an ice sculpture template using your computer and regular inkjet printerthe whole entry...
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ice block splitting video

a straightforward video demonstrating a really important ice sculpting technique: splitting an ice block with a chainsawthe whole entry...
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welding ice with aluminum plate

welding ice with aluminum blog entry preview

Using aluminum plate to weld pieces of ice together is a vital technique for the modern ice sculptor. Learn more this method that can enable you to create ice sculptures that extend well outside the dimensions of the ice block with strong, nearly invisible ice welds.the whole entry...
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tubing tricks for ice luges and display trays

vinyl tubing used for ice luges, along with a converted ice luge funnel

This simple trick can help you deal with ice sculpture plumbing issues, whether with tube ice luges or with ice carving display tray drainage.the whole entry...
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"stars of the party": the ice sculpture design process

stars of the party ice sculpture design

This is a quick look at the steps necessary to take a rough ice sculpture design from drawing to ice.the whole entry...
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inexpensive clear plastic ice luge funnels

clear plastic glassware that can be used as funnels for ice luges

Inexpensive party glassware can be converted to funnels for use in tube ice luges.the whole entry...
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stars luge: making an ice luge out of almost any ice sculpture

the Stars ice sculpture design converted to an ice luge

This is a basic procedure to convert an ice sculpture into an ice luge.the whole entry...
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ice sculpting steps

stylized seahorse ice sculpture in New Mexico

To get a better understanding of what it takes to create an ice sculpture, I've broken down the lifecycle of a typical ice sculpture into five discrete steps: design, execution, preservation & transportation, display, & breakdown.the whole entry...
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dealing with fractures in ice

A large ice block with many fractures in Fairbanks, Alaska

Covering some of the basic information about why and when ice blocks fracture and how you can avoid it or deal with it when it happens.the whole entry...
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ice block basics, part two

Louisiana brown pelican ice sculpture set up in Baton Rouge

Covering some of the basic information about ice blocks for ice sculpting. (part two of two)the whole entry...
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ice block basics, part one

Gabriel ice sculpture in Luebeck, Germany (approximately 10' tall)

Covering some of the basic information about ice blocks for ice sculpting. (part one of two)the whole entry...
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broken ice sculpture repair

brown pelican ice sculpture

What do you do when you accidentally break a sculpture? How do you handle a broken ice sculpture?the whole entry...
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don't be a drip: water control

dragonfly ice sculpture on display at a hotel

So when your ice sculpture starts to melt, where is the water going to end up? Will it all end up in the display tray and under control?the whole entry...
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cutting corners

U.S. Presidential Seal ice sculpture at an event for President Clinton in New Orleans

Circular ice sculptures can pose several problems, both in creation and in transportation and set up. Adding temporary "handles" can help you handle some of the problems.the whole entry...
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extreme detail

dragon ice sculpture with blue lighting

With extra effort (and in the right environment) you can give your ice sculptures extensive and delicate detail that will take it to the extreme.the whole entry...
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seeing ice in color

dragon ice sculpture with blue lighting

How do you color an ice sculpture? There are a variety of ways to give your ice a splash of color...the whole entry...
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attention to detail

mermaid ice sculpture at a wedding

At most events, ice sculptures melt. In places where the ice doesn't melt, people are less likely to have parties, so most of the time, the ice is going to melt. And when it melts, the detail fades, sometimes quickly. But you can extend the life of the detail on your sculptures.the whole entry...
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how long does an ice carving last?

an ice sculpture bust of Napoleon Bonaparte

One of the most common questions an ice sculptor gets is "How long will it last?" Just to see the look on their face, my first answer is often "at least 20 to 30 minutes." But in truth, it depends on a lot of different factors, not just temperature.the whole entry...
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keep your ice from sliding

an ice sculpture depicting an eagle on a pedestal

Even though you often want your ice sculptures to have an element of dynamic realism, you still don't want them to move. Read on to find out some ways to keep your ice carvings in one place while on display.the whole entry...
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when ice falls 4

Junichi Nakamura works on Ancestral Spirit at the 2004 World Ice Art Championships

Junichi Nakamura works on “Ancestral Spirit” in Fairbanks at the 2004 World Ice Art Championships. While working on “Ancestral Spirit” earlier in the competition, I had my closest brush with major injury as an ice sculptor.the whole entry...
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carving with Junichi

Dawson List and Shinichi Sawamura stand before an unfinished ice sculpture in Fairbanks, AK

Carving on the team of world champion ice sculptor Junichi Nakamura was quite an experience at the 2004 World Ice Art Championships.the whole entry...
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when ice falls 3

leaping ballerina ice sculpture

On occasion, you might see an ice sculpture that’s carved so that it looks like it could fall. But at a special event like a wedding or a party that should only be an illusion; there should be no real danger. On the other hand, at a competition, the danger of collapse is often very real. And sometimes, gravity wins.the whole entry...
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when ice falls 2

a plane ice sculpture is set up in an airplane hangar

A sculpture set up in the wrong place can fall prematurely if a carver doesn’t pay attention to the conditions.the whole entry...
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when ice falls

blocks of ice are stacked to make a seafood presentation at a wedding

Any ice sculpture, if left alone long enough, will fall down, usually because of melting. Accordingly, most get taken down before that can happen. But ice sculptures sometimes fall down for other reasons...the whole entry...
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thinking outside the block

ice sculptor Dawson List welds a wing onto an ice sculpture of an American eagle

Often, it’s necessary to add pieces of ice to a sculpture as many designs won’t fit within the confines of an ice block. This makes it possible to carve almost anything you can imagine from ice...the whole entry...
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ice sculpture design: silhouette

designing ice sculptures for silhouette blog preview

Avoid the dreaded “What is it?” question and give your ice sculptures strong silhouettes!the whole entry...
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