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 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!

Ice Sculpture Events Are Upcoming, Don’t Be Left Unprepared

Ice Sculpture Events Are Upcoming, Don’t Be Left Unprepared

If you participate in ice sculpture events, we don’t have to tell you that winter and ice recreation will be here soon. With that said, don’t wait until the season is here, get ahead and get your tools now. Not sure where to start?

 

Here are a few products that, if you don’t have, you should.

 

Black Heavy Weight Rubber Apron

 

It’s going to be chilly this winter and this heavy weight bib will protect you from the ice, cutting tools and the cold. If you don’t want the bib look, there are rubber chaps as well.

 

Glo-Ice Displays

 

Want to take your display to the next level? The light box is a white base with two fluorescent bulbs and red, blue and amber lights. It comes in square and rectangular shapes in a variety of sizes, making your display unique and bright.

 

Lift Cart

 

You no longer have to worry about transporting your display. This 20 X 12 platform can lift to 39” and 300 pounds; a safe and easy way to set up and move your ice sculpture. If you are looking for additional hardware and parts for your lift, we carry those as well.

 

Books, DVDs and Templates

 

Whether you’re a seasoned sculptor who needs inspiration or a beginner who would like some tips, we have just what you’re looking for. Different designs for a variety of experience levels, you’ll find it all.

 

Ice Crafters has the best and largest selection of ice sculpting equipment, offering the most up to date tools in the industry. From block machines to display equipment, you will find just what you’re looking for. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Display Every Angle of Your Work

Display Every Angle of Your Work

If you are an Ice Sculptor, you know how much effort and detail goes in to your work. So when it comes time to show it off, you want people to be able to appreciate every scrape and cut you have made.

 

That’s why a rotating display is ideal for your finished ice sculpture. As it rotates around, everyone will be able to view the intricacies of whatever you may have sculpted. No matter if it is facing them, turned to its side or backwards, your work will be taken for what it is, allowing on lookers to view it in all its glory.

 

The displays will be stable to, most come with pegs to help keep everything in place so your sculpture won’t slip or slide if it begins to melt while being viewed. If the statue does start to melt there’s no need to worry as many have a built in drain to catch any run off water, leaving you with no mess in the end. Not only that, but it can also be used during the sculpting process as well. Display Every Angle of Your Work

 

Who knows, you may be working in a confined area so being able to rotate the ice without damaging its integrity is a good option to have.

 

Ice Crafters has the best and largest selection of ice sculpting equipment in the world. We offer everything from electric tools to rotating displays. If you have any questions or would like to know more about any of our products, contact us today!

 

 

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Transporting and Moving Ice Sculptures with the Use of Equipment

Transporting and Moving Ice Sculptures with the Use of Equipment

The average two block ice sculpture weighs 400 pounds. However, ice sculptures have been known to weigh up to 50,000 pounds. That is a tremendous amount of weight, which makes transportation of the sculpture difficult.

 

Lifting an ice sculpture without experience is not only dangerous; it can pose a lot of damage to the sculpture itself. The best chance of making a smooth move is with appropriate equipment. The equipment referred to is specific to the ice sculpting industry. These transportation tools are specially designed to withstand the weight of an ice sculpture as well as move it efficiently.

 

Protecting Your Work of Ice ArtTransporting and Moving Ice Sculptures with the Use of Equipment

 

Before we discuss what equipment is most accommodating for transportation, we need to address how to protect the actual sculpture.

 

Regardless of travel distance, you’ll want to keep the sculpture safe from sunlight, heat, and physical shock. Blankets and bubble wrap will prevent sculpture damage if hit by an object. An ice sculpture is best protected from the heat when it is covered in bubble wrap or plastic and then covered again by a heavy wool or moving blanket. Specially designed blankets will ensure cold air to be trapped to the ice.

 

Now, when you feel the ice sculpture has been properly wrapped for moving, you will need some equipment assistance. We carry a variety of ice sculpture moving equipment. Lift carts are easy to maneuver and can be secured tightly to an ice sculpture. With wheels and convenient handles, this cart works well for long distance moving. Poly plank foam is resilient and non-abrasive, which makes it useful as a platform to place your ice sculpture on top of.

 

For the above and other ice sculpture transportation equipment, feel free to browse our website or contact us.

 

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Entering Into The NICA Carving Championship

Entering Into The NICA Carving Championship

Running this February 20th to the 22nd, the National Ice Carving Association will be hosting its Ice Carving Championship event in Levis Common and Downtown Perrysburg, Ohio. With two days of competition on the 20th and 21st, and awards ceremony held on the 22nd, this event is dedicated for professional ice crafters to showcase their carving talents.

 

In order to qualify and register for this championship, you must be a registered member of the NICA and have to have scored a total of 70 points or higher, or a first, second or third place at any other NICA event. Participants can expect to be challenged in a Friday 1 block/3 hour and Saturday 2 blocks/4 hour event.

 

Winners Take Home NICA Grand PrizeEntering Into The NICA Carving Championship

 

The winner will receive a prize package including $15,000 in cash, trophies and medals. This two day competition is an ice crafters dream and an ideal way to show off what they can do with a simple block of ice. The works of art created at the NICA Carving Championship are spectacular and worthy of all of the oohs and aahs.

 

It does take years in order to perfect the craft of ice carver. To help you along the way in your challenges leading up to and including the NICA Carving Championship, you’ll need quality tools and equipment, which can be provided here at Ice Crafters.

 

We have an abundance of ice carving parts that are sure to turn your block of ice into a masterpiece. Contact us today or browse our website for products.

 

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10 Books That Will Make You a Master Ice Sculptor in No Time

10 Books That Will Make You a Master Ice Sculptor in No Time

As we all know, one doesn’t learn how to craft ice overnight. It’s a long, rewarding process that could take months, if not years, to master. But there are shortcuts. And some of them come in paperback.
From our own library to yours, here are 10 books that are guaranteed to take your ice sculpting career to the next level:

 

1997 Asahikawa Hokkido Competition

 

The best of the best in the ice sculpting world. Try this one on for size first to introduce yourself to the masters, and just to see what true potential looks like.

 

Ice Carving Made Easy

 

A book for beginners, this guide will teach you a few tricks of the trade. Good to be prepared before you dive into the trade itself.

 

Ice Sculpture: the Art of Ice Carving in 12 Systematic Steps

 

Like our list, this book will take you through what it takes to be a master. Just don’t forget the ice.

 

Ice Carving 101

 

Once you’ve got the tricks and the steps down, it’s time to start sculpting. But don’t start without this book by your side.

 

Vision of the Master10 Books That Will Make You a Master Ice Sculptor in No Time

 

Take a quick break from learning to check out what the masters have done. Nothing better to pump you up than a few pics of the pros.

 

Ice Art Professional, Part 1 & 2

 

Now that you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to step it up a notch. This intermediate-advanced copy should be the next level of your growing skill.

 

New World of Ice Sculpture, Vols. 1 & 2

 

It’s a particularly exciting time to join the ice sculpting universe, as new technology and techniques has led to a boom in never-before-seen sculptures. This dual collection is a good introduction to all of that innovation.

 

Ice Sculpture Techniques: the Cutting Edge

 

Now that you’ve gotten with the times, it’s probably best to start learning how to catch up. This modern handbook will show you what to do to make sure you’re in line with the 21st century style.

 

Ice Sculpting the Modern Way

 

And what good are those modern techniques if you can’t use them? Apply them today.

 

Iceculture: Ideas That Work(ed)

 

In terms of the bigger picture, this book may be the most important: it tells us how we can use our ice sculptures in a way that’s beneficial for all.

 

Now take what you’ve learned and go save the world. For more information, or if you have any questions on the books we offer, contact us at Ice Crafters today!

 

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Wear The Right Equipment For Ice Sculpting

Wear The Right Equipment For Ice Sculpting

Ice sculpting is one of the most beautiful art forms known, however it can also be very dangerous if you are not wearing the correct protective equipment. Ice Crafters has an extensive selection of ice sculpting equipment that promotes both safety and protection. From accessories to supplies, it all really begins with selecting the right apparel.

 

First and foremost, steel tow boots are a must for anyone that wants to get into ice sculpting. It is likely that you will be working with large chunks of rigid ice. Can you imagine what would happen if one fell on your foot? A trip to the emergency room would be in short order, there’s no doubt about that. Ice Crafters offers a great selection of steel toe boots in various sizes that will keep your little piggies safe and sound.

 

Next, select an apron to wear while ice sculpting. Typically, a rubber apron is best and when combined with a rubber pair of chaps, your entire body can be protected from the neck down.

 

Handling Ice Safely

Would you even think of handling ice without gloves on for protection? We hope not! Rubber gloves are well-suited, and insulated gloves would be a great addition as well. Keeping your hands and digits warm will help make sure that numb fingers don’t make mistakes while sculpting.Wear The Right Equipment For Ice Sculpting

 

Aside from the best apparel for ice sculpting, Ice Crafters also supplies a fantastic line of equipment. Lathes, lifts, and plastic liners are great places to start for beginners, and ice sculpting tools will undoubtedly be needed for people working at any level.

 

Consider venturing to the sales section to see what Ice Crafters can also do to save you money! Please don’t hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions.

 

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