(I have entered this for the "lamps and lighting" contest so If you think it is worthy of a vote I would be really grateful if you supported me in the contest )

Having seen some images of the Ice Hotel in Sweden I was inspired to make a fully functioning lamp entirely out of ice. After quite a few experiments I have developed a really effective method and  the finished product looks magnificent.

Believe it or not it lasts for over 12 hours at room temperature (I have tested this a number of times),and it is a great center piece for tables at parties.

Of course this is a temporary lamp but while it lasts it looks amazing and they are extremely quick and easy to make so you can keep a store of 3 or 4 in your freezer for special events, and I can assure you this is one of the most original and stunning lamps you will ever come across so those 12 hours are worth it.

The best part is: inside your lamp you can freeze any type of object you like e.g flowers( these look spectacular especially with the lighting), playing cards, cloth, messages, wine glasses etc. All of these objects can be stored in the freezer for months because the  temperature stops the objects from perishing.
Once you have made your lamp I will teach you how to carve you lamp into a lit ice sculpture as well. 

plastic box
flower (or other objects to freeze inside)
tray (for collecting water when on display)
waterproof torch / flashlight ( although a bulb would give off more light it is too dangerous with the electricity and water, this is why a torch works well)

chisel for carving 

Step 1:

The first step is to take your plastic box which will be your mold.

Now fill your box half full (this is because your object in this case a flower will normally float and if you want your object to be suspended in the center of your ice lamp you will need freeze it in two stages)

Place on top of the water your flower( or other object) and place in the freezer

How long did it take till it starter its melting point?
I haven't tried yet this project, but it looks great. I think you could make clearer ice following this instructable :) <br>http://www.instructables.com/id/make-crystal-clear-ice!/
This is something I would totally enjoy making! I have not seen a torch like you are talking about. It looks more like a flash light to me. Perhaps you are referring to a flash light? Battery operated light. Anyway thanks for sharing and I like the flower one also. Have a fun weekend! <br>sunshiine
Beautiful! very unique.
Cool! I love it with the flowers :)

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