So, I really want an ice sculpture on my buffet table. Unfortunately an ice sculpture is not in my budget. Why not DIY? Who has time or experience carving ice? Thanks to my wonderful friend silicone I don't have to! Basically just pour it in...freeze it and peel it off and you have an ice sculpture for way less than 1/3 the cost. The molds are reusable and come in all shapes and sizes. Heck I can make multiple small ones and have them on each table if I want! I also plan on making ice bowls yep...bowls made of ice. I plan on put shrimp cocktail in. I also was considering picking up blocks of ice from my local ice company and stacking them like the picture below... but lets test this all out before we give this a green flag. I ordered a few molds for $40 lets hope it works out :)
Ice bowl instructions:
***Added note freeze bowls slowly to prevent cracking A sleeping bag works great. Also do not take bowl out of freezer straight to room temp it will crack! Leave in sleeping bag and put in fridge for a few hours to warm up. The secret to crystal clear ice is pure distilled water and boil it.
So many possibility so little freezer space!
Ice sculpture instructions to come: ((((PLEASE DO NOT USE LATEX MOLDS))))))
Latex molds will explode when frozen with ice. Some sculptor companies will not ship them below freezing because it will ruin the mold. Try to freeze a condom water balloon and see what happens...disaster.
Silicone mold pictures from a a ice sculpture supply company. I personal don't like swans but if you do you can purchase a mold for $20-$60. Your only true limitation is your freezer size(It's helpful if you have a deep freezer or know someone who has one) Just normal sculpture molds that can be used for ice!
Some inspirational photos: