How to Create an Ice Light

How to create an ephemereal cup made of ice for a small candle. Small but beautiful.

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How to Create an Ice Light
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You need two plastic cups, one a bit wider than the other. And some tape. Scotch tape will do fine, I used masking tape.

You need two plastic cups, one a bit wider than the other. And some tape. Scotch tape will do fine, I used masking tape.

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When stacked, there should remain enough space between the cups (>5mm) to ensure walls thick enough.

When stacked, there should remain enough space between the cups (>5mm) to ensure walls thick enough.

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Pour some water into the wider cup, somewhere between half and 3/4 full (No worries, you can adjust later).   For an added thrill, you can add color (for cupcakes or so) to the water: colored ice!

Pour some water into the wider cup, somewhere between half and 3/4 full (No worries, you can adjust later). For an added thrill, you can add color (for cupcakes or so) to the water: colored ice!

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Gently put the smaller cup inside and press it down into the water. This creates a kind of cavity that's needed. Fix the cups with the tape so that the inner cup does not touch the outer one.

Gently put the smaller cup inside and press it down into the water. This creates a kind of cavity that's needed. Fix the cups with the tape so that the inner cup does not touch the outer one.

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Wait for a cold and freezing day (or night) and put the cups outside for a few hours. Or use your freezer.

Wait for a cold and freezing day (or night) and put the cups outside for a few hours. Or use your freezer.

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When the water is frozen completely, remove the scotch tape and the smaller cup (pour a bit of hot water inside the small cup to get it out easily.). Remove the ice cup from the outer plastic cup.

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Put a small candle into the cup and light it. Voila. Depending on the thickness of the “cup”, the weather and the candle it might live for a few hours. Ultimately, it will melt, though. Enjoy!

Put a small candle into the cup and light it. Voila. Depending on the thickness of the “cup”, the weather and the candle it might live for a few hours. Ultimately, it will melt, though. Enjoy!

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