Cool looking craft – DIY Fake Ice

Updated 7-14-2017

IMG_3021I learned how to make ‘fake ice cubes’ by melting clear pony beads.
The tutorial I followed was on flickr.
Unfortunately that tutorial is now gone. However, I’ll look around and see if I can find another tutorial that is easy to follow… or I may make one myself. Either way, I’ll update this post in the future.

It took a few tries for me to get the hang of it. I really like the results.
I’m amazed at how real the fake ice cubes look.
I can think of several projects to use the fake ice cubes with.
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Have you ever made fake ice?
I hope you all Have a cool day!
icsmilemo

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IMO – This craft is Not for children!
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The tutorial I used is now gone. But here are a few things I did that made the process easier.

There’s a few things I adjusted, added or did different.
*I used balsa wood to make my ice cube form.
*Keep the area well ventilated: I opened my windows and turned on ceiling fans and ran the stove-hood fan.
*Apparently my oven doesn’t heat as hot as the author of the tutorial’s does.
I had to bake at 400° to get the beads to melt successfully.
*I also had to bake them longer: I’d put half the beads in the form and bake them for 15 minutes then put the rest of the beads in and bake for another 15 minutes.
*Keep a close eye on these as they bake to make sure they don’t burn.
*Let the cubes cool before trying to unwrap the aluminum foil.
*To give the cubes a shiny finish, after I peeled the aluminum foil off my ice cubes, I trimmed off the shards and rough edges and then put the cubes back on the pan and in the oven for about 3 to 5 minutes.  I was careful to watch so they wouldn’t melt too much.
*I took them out of the oven and let them coolicsmilemo

egglight4Using a battery operated tea light
I made a fun little icy temporary tea light.

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edited in 6-11-2014:
I made this tea light by gluing the fake ice cubes together with E6000 glue.

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icsmilemo

There’s a few tutorials on the web on how to make fake ice by melting beads in metal ice trays.

icsmilemoI apologize for the missing links to the tutorial.
I’ll try to do an update soon. with either my own tutorial or a link to one.

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12 thoughts on “Cool looking craft – DIY Fake Ice

    • Hi Missy’s Crafty Mess
      Welcome to my blog.
      Thanks so much.
      I never would’ve thought of this either, I think it’s ingenious.
      Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment.
      I hope you’ll visit again sometime.
      🙂

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    • Thanks Renee
      A December wedding sounds so enchanting. My mind dances with vision of a winter-wonderland theme. I agree ice tea-lights would be charming addition.
      I checked and it’d be less expensive to buy fake ice cubes than to make the ones I did. They sell them in bags of different weights up to a few pounds.
      It’d be easy to make the tea-light cover/holders. Stack the cubes up & glue them together and there you go. 🙂
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    • Thanks so much Anny
      You made my day. 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed my blog.
      Thanks so much for visiting and leaving me a happy comment.
      I hope you’ll visit again sometime.
      🙂

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