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quick tips

Kind of still working on this section (sorry), but it’s almost done. (probably) All 6 of the quick tips archives are available in the secrets blog or you can click the numbered links below to go straight to them.

quick tips on sculpting ice

This a collection of little bits of sometimes random ice information that aren’t yet worth a whole blog entry. When there are ten tips, they’ll be archived in the blog so that they’re easy to find and a new list will be started. Some of these tips might later turn into full blog entries or show up in videos or designs. Comments on these techniques or want to suggest your own tips? You can comment below. If I add your idea to the list, you’ll get full credit, of course. Archives: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6.

1. handtruck padding

A simple way to make your handtruck more ice carving-friendly is to cover the handtruck tubing where it comes into contact with ice with pipe insulation. Use duct tape to attach cut lengths of insulation to the handtruck and you will get a little more padding to protect your sculptures. Also, ice won’t slide off the dolly as easily and if you have a metal handtruck, then the insulation will keep the warm metal from melting marks into your ice. (3/24/08)

2. handtruck wheels

Heavy duty handtrucks with air-filled tires are great for moving blocks of ice and some heavy carvings because they keep the load low to the ground while the air-filled tires absorb a lot of the bumps. Unfortunately, if you’ve ever had to move ice when you had a flat tire, then at that moment, you probably didn’t appreciate those tires. One possible solution is to replace the air-filled tires with solid rubber tires which are available at Home Depot and other places. You give away some of the shock absorption, but you get better reliability. (3/22/08)
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