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 Carving Secrets: Uses of Brice Nail Boards

Ice Carving Secrets: Uses of Brice Nail Boards

When you go to a lavish event and see a stunning ice sculpture, it piques your curiosity. First you’re stunned by its beauty, but then you begin to wonder how it came into creation, how long it took, and how hard the artist had to work to carve such an intricate piece of ice art.

 

Well, a major component is the nail boards. Just one of the tools an ice sculpture artist needs to create, it’s among the most important. In 1990, artist Steve Brice invented this nail board to create his memorable ice sculpture of a Mercedes Benz, at the World Art Championships in 1991.

 

The tool helped him create such a wonderful piece, that other artists looked to him for information. The success of the nail boards helped other artists create large, intricate ice sculptures that leave an impression.

 

The nail board is as simple as it sounds. It’s essentially just a wooden board with screws (not actually nails) drilled through it. Equipped with handles and rows of screws, the nail board is mainly used for flattening the surfaces of the sculptures and for setting the shape in the early stages of creation.

 

Since 1991, ice sculptures have improved greatly, and it’s all thanks to Steve Brice and his unique invention. Every talented ice sculptor uses this tool, and it shows in his or her work.

 

Learn more about the boards we carry back on our main page, or contact us at Ice Crafters with any questions you may have about ice sculpting and the tools we carry.

Using A Beverage Fountain For An Ice Sculpture

Using A Beverage Fountain For An Ice Sculpture

Ice sculptures are beautifully crafted and are quite the sight to see. Ice sculptures are much more versatile than you might think. What is thought to be just an event decoration, an ice sculpture can also serve a purpose, such as for a beverage fountain.

 

Whenever you are hosting a special occasion you want to give your guests the very best entertainment, right? You hire the best band, dine on delicious cuisine and signature cocktails and set up with the ideal amount of décor. If you really want to wow your guests, include an ice sculpture beverage fountain.

 

With a distinctive design, your signature drink of the evening can be smoothly poured from a sparkling ice beverage fountain. With this type of beverage dispenser, you won’t have to worry about your guests waiting for the wait staff to bring their drinks or stand in a long line at a bar. With continuous flow, guests will have both entertainment and service all in one.

 

Keep Your Drinks Cold And Look Great

 

Let’s not also forget to mention that your beverage will be kept at a crisp cold temperature throughout the festivities. Most ice beverage fountains have tiers for increase beverage flow as well as for aesthetic purposes. Depending on where you turn to for your ice sculpture beverage fountain, you may have the option to add color changing lights for a unique effect.

 

For a professionally crafted ice beverage fountain that comes with the pump and color changing lights, contact Ice Crafters today. For creating a truly memorable experience, our ice beverage fountain is exactly what you need.

 

 

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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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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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