DIY Ice Sculptures


There is no doubt that professionally done ice sculptures are one of the most spectacular forms of art that you could ever imagine. Ice artists spend anything from a good few hours to a few days to create these icy works of art – using highly specialised equipment and tools combined with years of experience. Live carvings are often performed at competitions, events, weddings and other gatherings, to show off the wide range of skill and artistic ability that can be found within the ice sculpting industry. While you may not be quite at the level required to create an award-winning ice carving, with the right tools and a bit of patience, you too could create amazing sculptures made of ice. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Make sure that you have the right sort of venue to create your sculpture – a walk in freezer is ideal, otherwise any other room where you can keep the temperature as low as possible will also do.
  • You will need to have equipment such as a chisel, knife or ice pick as well as a base with a drip tray – this is where you will start the ice carving.
  • You will also need an ice mould or non-stick silicon baking tray for your initial design – look out for large, detailed trays that give you a clear design of a rose for instance or a boat, teddy bear or cat.
  •  Other useful things to have on hand include water, salt, food colouring and glitter to add some colour and sparkle to your sculpture.
  • Start off by adding some salt to your water, before pouring the water and a sprinkling of glitter into your mould – you can also add a small amount of food colouring to add colour. Once the mould has set, you will be able to position it on the base and remove the mould.
  • This should only be done when you are ready to present your sculpture so make sure that you are able to add the final quick touches before taking it out to your party guests.
  • If you need to make any alterations, you can use your ice pick or chisel to smooth edges, and add any other details – you could also dust with a final sprinkle of glitter.
  • Another fun way to add some special effects is to position the sculpture under some lighting to make the colour and glitter shine through the ice.

Your guests are sure to give you standing ovation when you present your final completed ice sculpture!


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