Sculptures can be abstract or realistic and can be functional or purely decorative.
They are generally associated with special events because of their limited lifetime.
The temperature of the environment affects how quickly the piece must be completed to avoid the effects of melting.
If the sculpting doesn't take place in a cold environment, then the sculptor must work very quickly to complete his piece.
Some sculptures can be done in ten minutes if the carver is using power tools such as a chainsaw and specialty bits fitted to a die grinder which is a hand-held power tool sculptors use for contouring.
|Toy train and Santa|
They also use razor-sharp chisels and hand saws specifically designed for cutting ice.
|Tree with lights frozen inside|
Color effects are possible by a number of techniques, including the addition of colored gels or sand to the ice.
|Santa in his sleigh|
This art form is traditionally taught in culinary schools, but there are some small schools that teach ice carving.
Cool Way Ice Inc.
I love ice sculptures. It takes very talented people to create these beautiful works of art.
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