Ithaca Ice Wars 2014 (Video)

Ithaca Ice Wars 2014 (Video)

Ice sculpting is a passionate, skillful, art for all to enjoy. During this time across the United States, the National Ice Carving Association (NCIA) sponsors Official Events in various locations and dates. One of the upcoming ice carving events sanctioned by the NCIA is the Ithaca Ice Wars, on December 11th through the 13th, in Ithaca, NY.

 

Located in the Ithaca Commons in downtown Ithaca, Ithaca’s Ice Wars Ice Carving Competition showcases sixteen acclaimed ice carvers from around the world that will compete in three competitions over three days to win the grand prize of $9,000.

 

Check out a video from last year’s competition:

 

 

As you can see the sculptors can get very creative with their designs, all works are unique.

 

Friday’s event is a speed competition. In the competition, two carvers will go head-to-head with only one chance to make the perfect cuts, delivering a statue that will be judged by a National Ice Carving professional judging panel and the crowd. Each master carver must complete a statue in 20-minutes, using a very limited supply of ice carving tools to craft each sculpture.

 

On Saturday, there are two competitions. The first part of the Ice Wars is for the ice sculptors to begin carving their entire statues in one place, and then they must move the carving without breaking it to the final display location.

 

The second event is last of the NCIA event. This is where the really big ice art can be done. The talented ice carvers are to show off their skill by creating works from two, 300lbs blocks of ice.

 

As you can see here at Ice Crafters, we enjoy the sport and clash of artists in ice sculpting. If you have an affinity for the arts and enjoy watching the masters at their craft, check out this event or one that is in your area.

 

For those ice carvers that are looking to improve their sculpting tools or accessories, check out the wide variety of products that Ice Crafters carries and prepare yourself to make amazing pieces of art like those at the Ithaca ice Wars! For more information contact Ice Crafters today!

 

 

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Five Steps to 3D Ice Carving

Five Steps to 3D Ice Carving

Ice carvings and sculptures are a beauty to behold. The time dedication and enormous detail shows through every curve or edge of the ice. Ice carving is an artistic venture for some and if you have an eye for sculpting, it can come more naturally than others. But if you are looking to become an ice carver or find a way to put your creative juices into starting an ice sculpture, you need to have a solid preparation process.

 

 

Here are five steps that every sculptor can follow to start a successful 3D ice carving:

 

 

  1. Template Design and Trace – First it helps to have drawn your design a few times freehand to get a solid grasp of the artwork. Then prepare your template onto template paper or a cardboard cutout. Make a graph of what you want the sculpture or carving to look like and then you can apply this template to the ice. Trace this template onto your ice using a die grinder that has a tapered or straight cutting end mill bit.
  2. Cutting and Blocking – Using a chainsaw preferably, cut out the first dimension and all ice you will not need to complete your carving. After the first dimension is out, use a die grinder,  sander or chisels to curve, shape and square every line. Blocking during this process becomes crucial, as you want to stand next to your carving and start creating your layers and levels. Chisel work can come in handy here.
  3. Rounding and Sanding – Once the levels and layers are there, you can begin sanding and rounding the corners or edges.
  4. Detailing – Here’s where you want to choose the right tool and where the carving can take action. Putting detail to the artwork such as eyes on a face, putting an animal in more focus or making the water seem like it will flow. The more detail the better.
  5. Cleaning – Depending on the temperatures, this is where the end comes into light. Brushing or sanding can come into play here, and if the ice is below 15’F the harder it will be.Five Steps to 3D Ice Carving

 

So these are the basic steps to help ensure your 3D sculpture is done correctly. It takes practice and luckily an ice block can be made in a relatively quick fashion. Remember though 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, get your ice carving tools and supplies at Ice Crafters. Ice Crafters has a wide array of tooling and equipment for any ice sculpture or artist, contact us today and get started!

 

(Posted by: Alice Connelly of Ice Crafters)

 

 

 

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