Four Ways to Keep Your Hot Summer Party Ice Cold

With summer in full swing, it can only mean one thing – it is going to be hot! But that shouldn’t stop you from throwing a fun summer party. There are a lot of ways to stay cool during your shindig. Here are a few suggestions.

 

Have Some Punch!

 

One surefire way to stay cool during those hot summer parties is to indulge in some refreshing party punch. There are tons of great punch selections that your guests will love. For fruity options, there is everything from a sweet summer pineapple punch to Hawaiian themed punches and even a rainbow sherbet punch. Make it in an ice bowl and really kick it up a notch.

If you are looking for more adult-themed options, the sky’s the limit with such delicious drinks as winter white sangria, champagne peach punch and piña colada punch. Whatever type of punch you decide on, make sure you get the proper tools to ensure you have a long-lasting ice bowl to keep your beverages chilled all day long.

 

Cool Down with an Ice Luge

 

If you want to cool down that punch or another favorite summer drink, enjoy it with an ice luge and turn that party on its head! An ice luge is an excellent way to create a themed drink delivery system that will be the hit of the party. It’s easy to construct, too. Simply get all the proper tools, think of a great design, and make it a summer to remember!

 

Ice SculptureCreate an Ice Sculpture

 

We love ice sculptures, and we know how they can really add something cool to the hottest summer parties! The great thing about making these sculptures is that if you have the right ice carving tools, the rest of the creation is up to your imagination. Plus, it doesn’t have to be a one-person job! Get the rest of your guests involved and have them help make the sculpture that’s entirely customized by everyone in attendance. Plus, with all those ice chunks flying around, it’s easy to keep cool!

 

Get a Fun Beverage Fountain

 

If an ice sculpture or ice bowl isn’t your thing, consider a classy beverage fountain. These fountains are another fun way of giving your cold drinks some awesome flair! Some of these fountains even come with pumps and color changing lights to add neat and unique color effects to liven up the party even more. It’s a great accessory for any summer party.

At Ice Crafters, we carry all of the supplies you need to keep the temperature down on the hottest summer days. We sell items for punch bowls, tools for ice sculptures and plenty of educational tools to walk you through everything involved. Give us a call at 630-871-0739 to learn more or place an order from our online product catalog today!

Chainsaw – A Sculptors Greatest Tool

Chainsaw Tool

For many ice sculptors, a chainsaw is the main weapon of choice. Its ability to make huge cuts through the thickest of ice makes it essential for anyone looking to create an ice masterpiece.

That’s why it is important to take the necessary precautions to make sure it is running at its highest level.

For many it may seem like a tough undertaking, but these simple steps could keep your chainsaw revving for a long time.

Keep It Cutting

Chainsaws have a reservoir for oil that keeps the chain continually lubricated as it moves along the bar. However, this eventually runs out so it is important to check it every once and while to make sure it has enough oil so the chain moves smoothly.

Also, make sure to check the chain tension because if it were to become loose it could potentially damage the bar or the sprocket leading to a big headache for you. In addition to that, inspect around the chainsaw for any other loose parts as well.

Now, this may seem like a no-brainer, but make sure you keep your chainsaw clean.

Take the time to wipe any excess debris off of the case and bar with an oily cloth but be careful not to cut yourself on any of the teeth.

Ice Crafters offers a large selection of ice sculpting power tools including chainsaws. Let our tools help you create your best work for years to come.

For more information on any of our products, please feel free to contact us at (800) 871-0739 or (630) 871-0739 today!

5 Unique Wedding Ice Sculpture Designs

5 Unique Wedding Ice Sculpture Designs

Are you looking for that one thing to set your wedding apart from your friends? Then you have arrived at the right place.

 

Many brides and grooms to be think of everything from photo booths to chocolate fountains or a hip new DJ playing the best songs will make their wedding stand out.

 

But what you rarely see now, is an ice sculpture at a wedding.

 

No matter what your theme is, there is an ice sculpture that can match it to make your wedding the standout of the season.

 

  1. Martini Ice Luge – if you are having an outdoor wedding and want to make sure your drinks are nice and cool, how about an ice luge devoted to your guest’s drinks!
  2. A Huge Ring – getting married is all about the ring, and how much you love each other, of course! This huge ring would be the perfect centerpiece for the occasion.
  3. Ode To Your Honeymoon Destination – Are you and your future spouse jet-setting in the morning to Paris, Disney, or another exotic destination? You can have your honeymoon destination made into an ice sculpture! See how great the Eiffel Tower looks on ice!
  4. Swans – if there is any animal that represents love, it is a swan. The way their necks intertwine with one another to make a perfect heart is so beautiful. Think about this ice sculpture for your big day.
  5. Cake Tower – want to make your cake the centerpiece of your wedding? We don’t blame you. Add a million more “wow’s” to your day by showcasing your cake on top of an ice tower.

Feeling inspired yet?

 

Give Ice Crafters a call now at (800) 871-0739 or (630) 871-0739 to start planning out the ice sculpting equipment you’ll need to create the perfect wedding day ice sculpture.

 

We know that your clients will not be disappointed.

5 Steps To Making Professional Looking Ice Sculptures (Infographic)

5 Steps To Making Professional Looking Ice Sculptures (Infographic)

Ice sculptures are very visual and unique type of artwork. The time and dedication involved to create such enormous detail can show through every detail of the ice. Ice carving and crafting is an artistic venture, career for others, and if you have an artistic and creative eye for sculpting, then ice sculpting can be easier for you.

 

If you are someone that it looking to become an ice sculptor as a way to put your creative juices into an ice sculpture, you will want to have a solid preparation and instructional process for any project, big or small.

 

In this infographic we have the 5 steps to create a professional ice carving project:

 

5 Steps To Making Professional Ice Sculptures

With these 5 basic steps you can ensure that your ice sculpture will look professional.

 

With practice and patience you can create any good ice work with ease.

 

Remember that the first thing every ice artist should also have a good grasp of is the tooling, as that needs to almost be an extension of your hands.

 

If you are looking to find ice sculpting equipment and accessories, get your supplies at Ice Crafters.

 

We have a wide array of tooling and equipment for any ice sculpture or artist, contact us today!

 

9 Tips To Keep Your Ice Sculpting Chainsaw In Working Order

9 Tips To Keep Your Ice Sculpting Chainsaw In Working Order

Hand tools to power tools; sculptors use dozens of devices to create ice sculptures.

 

As time goes by and tools are used they encounter the normal wear and tear, therefore, caring for those tools is of the utmost importance.

 

It is much cheaper to maintain a tool than replace it, especially power tools.

 

One of the most used and essential power tools is the chainsaw.

 

From carving off huge chunks of ice to creating feathers on an angel’s wings the chainsaw is very versatile.

 

Here we have listed tips on how to keep your chainsaw in good working order:

 

  • There are electric chainsaws and gas powered chainsaws, whatever the power source of your saw be sure to inspect before each use.

 

  • For electric chainsaws always check for a cut or frayed cords and wiring.

 

  • Make sure to use the correct gasoline and oil mixture for gas powered model chainsaws.

 

  • For all model chainsaws, make sure to check for loose bolts and screws.

 

  • Always inspect your chain for bent or broken link, dullness, and broken teeth.

 

  • Replace your chain whenever you find defects, not only for precision in your work but also for your safety as “kickbacks” can cause serious injury.

 

  • Before storing your chainsaw make sure to inspect again and replace any broken parts.

 

  • For gas powered chainsaws, use a fuel stabilizer with fresh fuel to prevent clogging the carburetor.

 

  • For electric chainsaws follow the owner’s manual for instructions on cleaning the battery terminals and regularly charge the battery.

 

With the best and largest selection of ice sculpting equipment in the world, Ice Crafters is guaranteed to have the tools you need to get your job done.

 

Visit our website and browse what we have to offer, and if you have any questions or would like to purchase a product, contact us today!

 

Keep Your Display In Top Shape

Keep Your Display In Top Shape

Creating an ice sculpture takes a lot of time and hard work so it’s only natural to want to show it off once it’s done. To give your work of art its “do” you would want to place it on a display specifically for ice sculptures.

 

Yet, like everything else, these displays don’t last forever. This means that sometimes parts need to be replaced and items need to be purchased to keep your display at its optimum level.

 

That’s why it is important to be aware of what hardware you may need to maintain a professional display.

 

Make The Ultimate Display

 

It isn’t uncommon that displays need to be plugged in. Whether it is for lighting the sculpture or rotating it, ensure it doesn’t lose power. It would be smart to invest in an overload protector for the plug.

 

Another common issue is that every machine has screws that become worn, stripped or loose after a great deal of use. That’s why it is important to have replacement screws on hand to make sure when they need to be changed, your display won’t break apart at the wrong time and ruin your sculpture.

 

It would also be smart to purchase extra replacement hardware for plastic trays like nuts and washers to keep parts from shifting or being damaged.

 

Ice Crafters has a wide variety of replacement parts and items that will help keep your ice sculpture display look professional. Hardware can break; when they need replacement make sure you get the right parts to keep your work on display.

 

For more information on our wide selection of ice sculpting equipment, contact us today!

Get An Ice Crafting Lathe Machine For Your Works

Get An Ice Crafting Lathe Machine For Your Works

Now when many sculptors get hired to create a work out of ice they typically just make that one piece and they are done. Yet, sometimes the job asks for the big piece to come with smaller accompanying pieces.

 

This can prove to be quite difficult for sculptors who have difficulty making the smaller items due to the precision of the cuts required to make them. When that occurs, a lathe can help make those items a reality.

 

Let The Lathe Handle It

 

This lathe machine is capable of creating smaller works of ice such as ice pillars to table centerpieces in minutes. It can make the exact cuts needed to make it look like it needs to.

 

To utilize the lathe and make a work of ice, first you need to get a piece of ice to create the item.

 

Then from there, put the design instructions into the machine so it can make the correct cuts.

 

Once that operation is set and the cuts have been made, your ice creation is all set and ready for display.

 

What’s also great about this lathe machine is that it can allow you to mass produce these creations as well. So if you are contracted to create a large collection of ice sculptures or works, you can rely on the lathe to help you get it done.

 

Ice Crafters has a variety or ice sculpting tools including a lathe when you need to make smaller sculptures. Next time don’t sweat the small stuff and create beautiful works with your own lathe. If you would like more information on the products we offer, please contact us today!

Get The Tools To Get Your Best Sculpture

Get The Tools To Get Your Best Sculpture

Now if you currently are an ice sculptor, you know that there are a core group of tools you use to do your work like the chainsaw and the pick.

 

However, sometimes you find yourself going to make a cut that may not be able to make or your tools aren’t right for.

 

So to avoid getting stuck between ice and a hard place, it’s a good idea to have a variety of picks and tools so you can get the job done.

 

“Pick” From These Tools

 

Now if you’re looking to get rid of some ice but you don’t see the need in making a huge cut, then you could try using a 6-prong chipper to move some of the ice off. That way you are only removing a little bit instead of risking removing more than you need to with a bigger tool.

 

If you find yourself looking to make a cut but you want it to be smooth, this precise Ice Crafters ice pick would be perfect.

 

With this pick you can shave off a little bit of ice at a time without making a dent or uneven cut on your work.

 

Another great tool to have is a set of tongs as these have the strength to help you move large pieces of ice without breaking them, keeping your work intact.

 

Ice Crafters has a wide variety of ice sculpting picks for sale to help you create your next ice masterpiece. Don’t let your tools restrict what your work could become, get the right tools from us. For more information on our products, please feel free to contact us today!

Unique Ideas For Your Ice Sculpture

Unique Ideas For Your Ice Sculpture

Every artist knows how frustrating it can be to have a creative block, especially when you have a deadline. If you are getting ready to present an ice sculpture at an event, not being able to come up with a fun and creative design can make you feel like quitting.

 
Are you doing a special event like a wedding or corporate event?

 
Create an ice bar. While they seem generic, customizing the bar to incorporate the couple or the business is a great way to take a classic idea and turn it into something unique and unforgettable. Add a touch of color and intricate designs to personalize this look.

 
You can also use the ice sculptures for a table centerpiece, like a salad bowl, ice cream bowl, and other foods. It’s a creative and unique way to store foods that need to be served chilled.

 
Here at Ice Crafters, we offer templates and design inspiration from master ice sculptors, Mitsu Shimizu, and Mac Winker. Just find the designs that best suit your skills and then you’ll be able to choose from a variety of options. Take these classic ideas and add your own special touch and style to it. You won’t run out of ideas again.

 
While planning your sculpture, make sure that you are following any instructions or guidelines for the event. If there was a specific request, follow it as closely as you can.

 

 

If you need tips or ideas, contact Ice Crafters today. Not only do we offer the best ice sculpting equipment on the market, we offer templates, videos and books to help you with your process.

Crafting Works Of Art With The Right Chainsaw

Crafting Works Of Art With The Right Chainsaw

Perfecting your ice sculpture is difficult and it’s important to understand the differences in chainsaws and how they can affect the cuts you make into the ice. Using too big of a saw will cause messy cuts and too small of a saw won’t go through the ice enough.

 

So, not any chainsaw will do when you’re getting ready for your ice sculpture. There is a chainsaw for every activity and every step that you’ll take while crafting your work of art.

 

Two chainsaw brands that are popular with ice sculpting are Stihl and Makita. Stihl is more of an investment than other saws, so these are best if you are going to be using them often rather than every once in a while.

 

These saws are well made and while they are not the fastest they are extremely hard to wear out. Makita saws are faster than Stihl but still work well however, they do get hotter than other saws. Both are very popular brands, so ultimately the choice will come down to personal preference.

 

When you begin sculpting your art, it’s wise to start with a long bar like the Stihl MSE 220-20, which is perfect for ice carving and getting through those thick blocks and making straight cuts. For sculpting, it’s time to switch over to the short saw, like the Makita 5012B.

 

This is better for any turning or smaller cuts. It’s also better for faster carving because it’s lighter and easier to reposition.

 

Ice Crafters offers the best and largest selection of ice sculpting equipment. We work closely with ice sculptures to ensure that we are bringing you the most cutting edge tools in the market. If you have any questions or would like to place an order, please contact us today at 1-800-871-0739 or email us at icecrafters@aol.com.