The Most Common Types of Ice Used for Sculptors

April 28th, 2015
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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