The Most Common Types of Ice Used for Sculptors

The Most Common Types of Ice Used for Sculptors

There are typically three types of ice used in ice sculpting. Can ice, is the old school block of ice that’s most likely used to carve an exquisite sculpture for.

 

They make Can Ice in sizes as large as 55” and most commonly 46”. Each ice used in ice sculpting has different advantages and disadvantages to their use. With Can Ice you are able to pull can ice out of a freezer and you’re instantly ready to carve. The tempering process for a can block is significantly shorter than that of other ice blocks and they are much less temperamental because of the core in the center of the ice.

 

Clear ice is typically referred to as Clinebell after the company that created the process to make crystal clear blocks of ice. Clinebell is very common and often times come out beautiful and clean. While they definitely offer a more consistent product, the process is much more time consuming to make this clear ice and not as easy to mass-produce it.The Most Common Types of Ice Used for Sculptors

 

Finally, there is natural ice, this ice comes from a man-made pond free from algae and bubbles so there is no cracking. This also comes in a variety of sizes and one of its biggest advantages is that it’s beautiful and blue.

 

Whatever type of ice you may be utilizing each has distinct advantages and disadvantages just as Ice Crafters has exactly the tools you need to ensure your masterpiece is created. We are devoted to offering the best and largest selection of ice sculpting equipment in the world.

 

Since 1990, Ice Crafters has been the go to manufacturer ensuring that no matter what type of ice you’re utilizing, no matter what type of design you’re going with, we have the tools and expertise to make sure your piece of art looks incredible. For more information, contact us today!

 

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Holiday Tours With Ice Sculptures

Holiday Tours With Ice Sculptures

As the holidays are in full swing, the music is playing in all the stores and everyone is trying to find the perfect gift for the loved ones. Holiday decorations are strewn across shops and stores, houses and businesses, and the city streets. You can see a snowman or Santa Claus in every window and every tree has a festive look with lights and ornaments.

 

This is also the time of year where festivals of lights or Christmas light tours happen. Showcasing creative light designs, when displayed at night, of jolly Saint Nick and his faithful reindeer as well as Hanukkah menorahs and dreidels, get everyone in the holiday spirit.

 

Adding Holiday Themed Ice Sculptures To The Festivities

 

Holiday festival light designs are great and the draw for families and tourists, but an ice sculpture is the cherry on top and really adds a different dimension to the theme. An ice sculptor can really be creative with his creations; using winter and holiday recognizable characters such as Frosty the Snowman or The Grinch to even just making a 3D snowflake or Christmas tree.

 

Using LED lights and pedestals, the ice artist can incorporate more into the imagination, adding color to the ice and putting emphasis on certain aspects of the sculpture. Red and green would go well with any ice design since they are the traditional holiday colors but thinking outside of the norm, using a bright silver or blue can also draw attention to the piece. Even trying to attach a carrot or cob pipe to Frosty can go the extra mile for entertainment.

Holiday Tours With Ice Sculptures

 

Using these types of ice sculptures can really make any light festival that much better and unique, and a favorite to all ages.

 

For any of your ice sculpting needs, whether it is ice crafting accessories or personal protection, look to Ice Crafters. For more information on what tools or products we offer, 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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