Ice Carving...........anyone?

Sugar Work By SugarCreations Updated 21 Aug 2006 , 1:30pm by mommabuda

SugarCreations Posted 26 Feb 2006 , 9:20pm
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Found some info on the web about this. Wondering if anyone has had any experience with this stuff? Thought it was pretty cool.

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Lazy_Susan Posted 26 Feb 2006 , 9:29pm
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I've never tried it but I think it looks very cool (no pun intended) icon_smile.gif


heavenlys Posted 26 Feb 2006 , 9:30pm
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We have done small ice moldings and a little carving but to do large scale we need a bigger freezer to keep the ice in. One piece of advice is to use distilled water if you are freezing your own blocks to start with so it freezes clear. My husbands wants to play around with the medium more we need new tools and more freezer 1st. It is a lot of fun though.

SugarCreations Posted 26 Feb 2006 , 9:34pm
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Yeah I was considering trying my hand at it just some small stuff nothing fancy. What do you use for carving tools? I know the tools are pricey to say the least.

heavenlys Posted 26 Feb 2006 , 9:51pm
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We use basic regular tools. Chisels, hammers, oh that grater thing I can' t remember the name of. The beauty is even with rough edges you can rub them smooth. My hubby wants a small chainsaw and a dremel. Those allow a lot better detailing. The thing we get requests for the most right now is blocks with spots to hold dips when we cater. We freeze things in the ice like flowers or ribbon that matches the brides colors

SugarCreations Posted 26 Feb 2006 , 10:08pm
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You are very innovative. I think this is an interesting medium. Would never be able to create anything a crane would have to pick up though. Got any tips for a beggining ice carver? I guess the first thing to do would be to find a list of tools somewhere. Distilled water is no problem thats in every grocery store. Just tired of pulled and blown sugar looking for something else and this seems right up my alley.

heavenlys Posted 26 Feb 2006 , 10:18pm
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my dh said when he had been doing some research he saw some how to videos. He can't remember exactly where they were. But we just froze blocks and and played withthem. The 1st few weren't very purdy but it just give you a feel for the ice and how much pressure to use and how the ice works. I don't have any get techniques or anything all our experience has been trial and error. if there is a culinary school near you you should check to see if they would have a sort of continuaing ed calss in just ice sculpting.

SugarHighCakes Posted 18 Jul 2006 , 12:00am
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Oooh this sounds like fun I want to try!!

What do you freeze the ice in to get black of ice?

heavenlys Posted 18 Jul 2006 , 10:29am
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we do smaller sized displays usually and freeze the ice in plastic or metal containers.

vicky Posted 23 Jul 2006 , 3:23am
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Have you seen "Fire and Ice" on Food Network? I know these are large pieces, but they also used rotars. They also took electric tools and transformed them into tools that worked for them. One looked like it had an enourmous drill bit on it. It was amazing. Hopefully they will have more programs about the sculpted ice.

mkolmar Posted 7 Aug 2006 , 3:14am
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I'll be learning it next year in my culinary class, I can't wait. I did an ice sculpture of a swan from a mold and it worked great. Like already mentioned you use distilled water. If you don't have any boil water and it will be also pretty clear. Make sure the water is cooled down though or you'll need to add more time to the sculpture in order for it to set.

vicky Posted 7 Aug 2006 , 12:53pm
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Can't wait to see a photo when you are finished..Good luck with your class.

dydemus Posted 7 Aug 2006 , 12:58pm
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Are you kidding? I wouldn't even try that!! Kudos to those who do it!!! I have enough challenges with cakes and cookies!!

mommabuda Posted 21 Aug 2006 , 1:30pm
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I was looking at Hobby Lobby and they have a few molds for ice scupltures... just smaller things like a swan, hearts, things like that. They were only $20, I thought that was kinda cool.

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