FAQs

  • How long does a carving last?

    • The life expectancy of a sculpture is determined by the size and delicacy of the piece, the temperature of the area it is set up in, sunlight, and air movement. Most sculptures will last 6 to 8 hours under normal conditions. Larger designs can take days to melt away.

  • Do you use molds?

    • Absolutely not. All sculptures are hand carved. Each piece is unique.

  • What makes the ice clear?

    • The blocks are made in a specially designed block machines made by Clinebell Equipment Co. A pump is used to circulate the water as it freezes from the bottom up. This produces a crystal clear block of ice.

  • How long does it take to make a carving?

    • Each custom designed sculpture is unique and requires its own attention. Some multi piece jobs will take 2 or 3 days. Some of the basic sculptures which are most popular, such as lovebirds or swan, can take 45 minutes. (I've done hundreds, repetition makes you fast)

  • What tools do you use?

    • To move ice around, we use ice tongs, and hand trucks. For most carvings we use a hydraulic lift as a work table so the height can be adjusted. The rough outline is done with a chain saw. High-quality Japanese ice chisels are used for the second stage of most pieces. Also used are die grinders, special router bits, propane torch, CO2 tank with siphon hose, and household irons with metal plates for welding flat surfaces together.

  • What size are they?

    • A sculpture can be any size but the basic size sculpture starts with a 40" x 20" x 10", 300- pound block of ice.

  • What does an ice sculpture cost?

    • Sculptures start at $300.00 including a light tray, delivery, and setup. These are sculptures, such as the lovebirds on a heart, swan, and crystal vase. Custom ice sculptures are priced according to size and difficulty. We price our work to be competitive.

  • Where do you deliver?

    • The Phoenix metropolitan area. Deliveries can be made to other parts of Arizona and other states with special arrangements.

  • What is included with an ice sculpture?

      1. Personal attention and professionalism, that comes from almost 20 years of experience in sculpting ice and 30 years in the hospitality industry as a chef.
      2. Consultation and design.
      3. Delivery inside the Metropolitan Phoenix area.
      4. Light trays and drainage, set up, pick up of equipment the next day.
      5. Break down serves at the end of event is available for an additional fee.
      6. Discounts available for returning equipment.

  • What do I need to do if I order a sculpture?

      1. Supply us with any artwork or information about your requested piece.
      2. Delivery address and the time your function starts
      3. A strong table to set the sculpture on.
      4. Linens to match your décor, one for the table, and if desired, one to cover the light tray. Electricity to the table.

  • What happens to the ice at the end of the event?

      1. Most pieces are easy to remove and dispose of.
      2. End of event break down is available for an extra fee.
      3. Break down of large jobs will be factored into the price.

  • How far in advance do I need to order?

    • Two weeks is fine, but for large jobs and during busy times such as holidays, earlier notice is needed .

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