holiday ice sculpture designs
12/18/2014 00:05 Filed in: ice sculpture designs
I harbor no illusions that this entry will be particularly helpful this year; I’m posting this far too late in the holiday season. However, if you come to the site regularly, you should already know where all the designs are listed, so this post is not absolutely necessary. But I wanted to list all the designs in one entry. And then, each year, I can go back and update the entry and talk about any new additions to the holiday designs. (I’m planning a similar approach for Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc.) There are tons of possibilities for holiday designs; I've only just scratched the surface with what I have on the site now. I'd love to add more Hanukkah designs, many more reindeer designs, more variations on Santa Claus, and lots more. The season is rich with ice sculpture design possibilities. I'd be surprised if I had trouble coming up with more than 100 different designs. Getting them all on the website, on the other hand, is a completely different story, especially in the midst of all the holiday sculpting that I have to do myself. I had plans to add at least three new designs this year, but I found out that that just wasn’t going to happen this time around. Next time, I suspect that I’ll have to start working on Christmas sometime in July to make sure that I can get it done.
One little bonus addition this time around is the Santa Claus face design that you see in the banner. I've been wanting to do a design like this for a while and I think a recent sculpture by Chris Swarbrick reminded me. You'll see the new design and template at the bottom of the post.
the ebookIncidentally, all these designs (except for the logo snowman and the Santa face) are in the holiday ebook that you can buy. There are also other designs in the ebook that you won’t find on the site as well as carving techniques and info. And if you like ice carving secrets and think it helps you with your ice sculpting, buying the ebooks helps to ensure that I’ll be able to keep adding new content to the site!
freestanding menorahHanukkah matches up with Christmas pretty well this year (12/16-12/24), but we’re already in the midst of it. This is a two block menorah design.
menorahSimilar to the larger version above, this single block menorah design is a little less ambitious, but still a very nice piece.
angelI have plans for more angel designs later on down the road, but this design has a wonderful silhouette.
candleYou can substitute frozen packed snow for the melted wax with this candle design, which adds visual interest.
Christmas stockingI might update this design a little in the future; I have an idea on how to make it better, but that will have to wait for now.
for elftinis (elf luge)This dancing elf with shades doubles as a martini luge.
Frosty the ice lugeThe hat brings Frosty to life and the ice luge brings the party to life!
reindeer on a wreathIf a tiny reindeer can fly, I suppose it can stand atop a Christmas wreath like we see in this design.
flying reindeerHere’s a more ambitious flying reindeer with a no-nonsense expression that requires 2 blocks of ice.
Rudolph the red nosed reindeerGive Rudolph a real red nose with this fun design.
Santa Claus (waving)Carving people from ice is usually pretty difficult. Santa, on the other hand, is one of the easiest people to carve. Maybe it’s because he’s an elf.
basic snowflakeImagine if all snowflakes were as big as the one in this design (about 35” in diameter). Every snowfall would be a major natural disaster!
snowflake for logoThis design hides the welding in the detailed arms of the snowflake, leaving the logo weld-free.
snowman for logoThis design is one of the newest on the site and offers lots of possible variations.
swirling snowflakes 1This design features five different snowflakes, swirling in the wind.
swirling snowflakes 2This design goes one further, with six different snowflake designs. However, some are repeats from the other swirling snowflake design.
winter martini glass lugeHere’s a wintry variation on the standard martini glass luge.
Santa Claus faceThis is a brand new design. It’s so new, that I haven’t even tried to carve it yet. If it turns out well, I’ll add a photo and probably give it its own entry.
In case you want to try it, here’s a template. It needs a stable base.