Some days before Valentine's Day I noticed that it has already been some time since I last gave my wife I self-made, personal present. So I decided to use the opportunity and combined two symbols of Valentine's Day into a useless but romantic present: a heart carved out of ice which reveals a rose when melting.
My wife loved it.
Step 1: Tools and materials
For this, we will need the following tools and materials:
- A rose. It should be big and in full blossom.
- A working place that may get wet. There is a certain amount of melting involved.
- A bowl in which we will freeze the water containing the rose. Since we want the rose to be completely contained in the ice, the bowl should be large enough such that we can suspend the rose such that there remains some space (at least 1cm) on all sides. The bowl I used (see the pictures) was borderline, a somewhat larger bowl would be better. (I do not give measurements, since the correct size of the bowl is relative to the size of your rose).
- Some wire to suspend the rose in the bowl (step 2). My wire had a diameter of 0.5-1mm.
- A freezer for freezing the water (step 3). You will probably find one in your refrigerator.
- A sharp knife or paper cutter. Used for cutting away the stump of the rose protruding from the ice (step 4).
- A flat screw driver. This one is never mentioned in any of the steps, but it is occasionally useful when the heart gets frozen to some other parts and you have to detach it.
- Several rough rasps for carving the ice (step 6) and also for preparing the wooden socket (step 7). Probably any rasps will do, but see step 6 for some information which shapes turned out useful.
- One or two sheets of paper and a pair of scissors. The paper will be used to mark the rough form of the heart on the ice (step 6).
- A piece of wooden board for the socket. It should be at least the size of the bowl, and it should be unfinished wood. Of course, it should also be as beautiful and elegant looking as possible.
- A jigsaw for cutting the wood to the correct size (step 7). Other types of wood saw (electrical and manual) will do as well. (But a chainsaw will probably be unsuitable.)
- Some rough abrasive paper for polishing the edges of the wood (step 7).
- Coffee for colouring the wood (step 8). This is only necessary, if you want the wood to get a little bit darker (since in my opinion, dark wood looks more accomplished). Instant coffee is best.
- A brush for applying the coffee to the wood (step 8).
- A nail for mounting the heart on the wood (step 9). The nail should be approximately 15mm longer than the wood is thick. But the exact length is not important.
- A hammer, otherwise the nail will be of no avail.
- A Valentine/wife/girl friend or the corresponding male form (for simplicity, I will assume that the recipient of the present is female throughout this instructable). See step 10.
If you have all the tools, the costs for this project should be minimal. I only had to buy the rose, the remaining materials could be found at home.