How to make an Ice Sculpture: Mushroom


Hi, this is Joelle Meijer. I will show you how to make an ice sculpture
in the shape of a mushroom. Take an empty 2-litre ice cream container. Fill it with water and put it in the freezer.
This will form the stem of the mushroom. Take a narrow hard plastic container. If necessary glue two of them together with
duct tape to make it high enough. Make sure the opening of the container is
wide enough to place a candle. To make the cap of the mushroom, take a large
metal bowl. Place the container in the center of the bowl. Pour heavy objects in the plastic container
so it will remain in the bottom of the bowl when it is filled with water . Put red dye in the bowl. Then fill the bowl with water as high as possible
but not too high, to avoid spilling the contents when you carry
the bowl to the freezer. Note that the dye mixes with the water. Place the bowl in the freezer. It takes about 24 hours for the stem and the
cap of the mushroom to be frozen . Prepare a platter on which to place the frozen
mushroom. Start by removing the frozen stem of the mushroom
from its container and place it on the platter. Take the bowl with the frozen mushroom cap
and start by removing the heavy objects that you used to weigh down the plastic container. Then pour hot water in the container to melt
the ice that sticks to the container. If your container is crushed because of the
pressure of the ice, be persistent! It took me several attempts to be able to
remove it! Remove the cap of the mushroom from the bowl
and place it on the frozen stem. Place the mushroom in a rather dark room or
outside. Put a candle in the base of the cap and light
the candle. And now admire your iced mushroom that lights
up in the night! Instead of a wax candle, you can also use
a LED candle. I found interesting that the dye is not evenly
distributed anymore when the water is frozen! I hope you enjoyed this activity! To print the instructions of this project,
click on the link below the video.

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