Introduction: Ice Gems

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An awesome water filled, ice encased sphere.

Step 1: Material

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all you need is a regular balloon (not a water balloon) and food color (optional)

Step 2: Add Water

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fill the balloon with water (not too big, but not too small). If you have food color add three drops.
-then tie it up

Step 3: Freeze

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Freeze for about four hours depending on the size of the balloon.
-you can tell if it's done by tapping the top, if it is hard it's ready.

Step 4: Pop

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take it out and poke the top with a toothpick until it pops

-though it looks solid the ice gem is actually filled with water,
if the water doesn't drain then poke the top with a toothpick and it will.

have fun


IdrisI2 (author)2016-03-31

what you drop in it i didnt understand. only water and baloon or any chemical

CrystalB01 made it! (author)2015-06-13

Nice! i made some a few days ago, I think it went well

kracken42 (author)2014-02-01


Jedi_man (author)2011-08-05

AWESOME. Gotta find some water balloons!!!

16405 (author)Jedi_man2013-03-07

Lol he said regular balloons, not water balloons...

Jedi_man (author)164052013-05-08

Late reply ^ 2 years late!
Thx for correcting me.

manan3 (author)2012-11-25

what if it froze completely ??

funnylily23 (author)2012-08-12


mgoings1 (author)2011-06-20

can someone do it and put something next to it so we can see the size?

videogamemaster (author)2011-05-30

Whoa. I want one!

lexflex (author)2011-05-19

I not understand the ice not found with the time

silverleaf (author)2011-04-11

Don't you feel like freezing it for forever?
Its soo darn pretty :)

LindsayFester (author)2011-02-13

I've made these a couple of times now, but mine don't look like that. The surface isn't as smooth and if I drain the water, I lose all the colour. It still looks neat, but I'd like to keep the colour.

Also, if I leave it for longer than 4-5 hours, the outside is clear and the center is solid food colouring, like an egg yolk.

Any advice? Is it the food colouring I'm using? :)

KritoPerf (author)2011-02-13

SICK! i love it

happyjo (author)2011-01-07

Wow! I really like it! It is interesting yet very simple!

Yerboogieman (author)2009-08-18

Why is it blue?

firefliie (author)Yerboogieman2010-12-21

food coloring.

IM INVISIBLE (author)2009-05-22

Drain the water out of the Crystal?

kawaiipeach (author)IM INVISIBLE2010-09-21

it's not crystal, it's just ice :P

ice is a crystaline substance

wito31 (author)2009-09-02

Why take out the water?

kawaiipeach (author)wito312010-09-21

because the ouside layer is solid while in the inside water is still liquid

Dinerro94 (author)2007-10-12

wouldn't the ice expand when frozen. in other words the balloon would pop!

dobos111 (author)Dinerro942010-08-26

its a balloon - they are meant to expand

masterj (author)Dinerro942008-06-26

it wouldnt expand that much .... in fact iv frozen ice in glass cups .... didnt break

red-king (author)masterj2009-01-30

things contract when they freeze.

masterj (author)red-king2009-02-03

water expands not contracts when frozen ... its thermodynamics

sonaps (author)red-king2009-01-30

Water, when freezing, forms a six-sided crystaline structure. This actually causes it to expand and become of lower density than water (hence ice floating in water).

minimidget (author)Dinerro942007-10-19

That would only happen if the balloon was filled to maximum capacity. If you leave room for it to stretch, you should be fine.

buterSBob29 (author)Dinerro942007-10-13


octo137 (author)2009-09-25

i found out about these a while ago they are great in summer to have fights with

alyandrea (author)2008-06-09

i think i'll make a bunch of different colors of these to line my porch rail this winter!

Generic Eric (author)alyandrea2009-09-22

That is a neat idea! Would make some nice decorations for a snowman or snow castle.

tugharris (author)2007-09-15

Why not try putting a blue LED throwie inside to maximize the effect? Cool Project!

mandrake (author)tugharris2009-04-28

Like the Ice Bulb?

the vid got removed

Plasmana (author)mandrake2009-04-28

yeah, :-)

jughead jones (author)2009-04-28


fwjs28 (author)jughead jones2009-04-28

yes, it indeed does. however, there is no need to YELL!

d2j5 (author)fwjs282009-06-22

you can yell by typing? O_o

hurtzmyhead (author)d2j52009-06-22


yourface101 (author)hurtzmyhead2009-06-29


d2j5 (author)yourface1012009-07-06

lol thats just great .

fwjs28 (author)yourface1012009-06-29

OH MY, ITS SOME POT-PIE!!!!!!!!!!!

will421 (author)fwjs282009-06-29

*opens fridge* Ummm... Who bought 999999999999 pot-pies?

yourface101 (author)will4212009-06-29

oh crap! umm.... he did it? *points at fwj*

fwjs28 (author)yourface1012009-06-30

no, not me says i for i am fwjs28 P:

fwjs28 (author)fwjs282009-06-30

haha, points at your face 101 ha that sounds funny

yourface101 (author)fwjs282009-06-30

still wasnt me.... IT MUSTVE BEEN WILL421!!

fwjs28 (author)yourface1012009-06-30

hrmm. i see

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