Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Icicle Skeleton

Create fanciful, ice sculptures of your own design
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With this easy-to-use freezer unit, you will soon be producing beautiful, icy creations of coral, fireworks or hands. Extending from its watertight base are branches of tapered, telescoping, flexible metal pipe where coolant circulates.

After shaping the metal skeleton of your bonsai or snowflake, plug it in, and after 30 minutes its –20 degree C (-4 F) arms can be dipped into clear or colored water in a bucket or the sink. The handiwork is thickened by repeated dipping or by spraying, splashing or gently pouring liquid over its surfaces. When finished the unit’s temperature is raised slightly so that it can be withdrawn from the ice. An added highlight is achieved by filling the cavity with water of a contrasting color.

Let your imagination run free to fashion delightful ice sculptures for a convention or a Kool-Aid carving as a chaser, melting into the punch bowl at your dinner party.

FarmerJohn, Nov 24 2002

Ice Carving Kit http://www.chipsbooks.com/icetech.htm
Learn to make them professionally [ConsultingDetective, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Naughty Ice Molds http://nawtythings.com/novelties/ice.html
//pulled out as a unit// [ConsultingDetective, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Ice Sculpture Molds http://www.foodserv...Sculpture_Molds.htm
Looks like the real thing; needs a big freezer [ConsultingDetective, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

NICA Gallery http://www.nica.org...leries/gallery.html
National Ice Carving Association Gallery. [ConsultingDetective, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

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       How do you remove the skeleton without breaking the ice? Is it flexible or what? You said they're telescoping, so I guess they retract fully into the base or the main spike? Sounds tricky.
egnor, Nov 24 2002

       Yes, as far as I can see, you'd have to design your sculpture carefully to allow this to happen. Small detail though. I somehow knew who this one was from before I got half way down the description. Croissant for <sigh> yet another <sigh> endearingly eyewarming concept.
egbert, Nov 24 2002

       On the analogy of candle-making, if you just used clear plastic formers, an ice-water slush and worked outside, you wouldn't need to mess with coolants and tricky extraction procedures. You could also have fun adding sparkles and colorant to successive layers.
DrCurry, Nov 24 2002

       egnor: No, I was thinking after becoming free because of the heat, the tapered, flexible arms would be pulled out as a unit, like a hand from a glove.   

       DrCurry: Sounds good, but it's not for the Aussies.
FarmerJohn, Nov 24 2002


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