Ice Wrangler's Blog

Reverse Hibernation - Time to play!

Posted on October 25, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

Wintercraft Hungry as a Bear for Winter to come 

As I sit down to write this blog, my eyes focused on a framed print of a mother bear and her cub emerging from hibernation in our dining room, and it struck me, . . . the way I am feeling right now, might be just how a bear feels that has spent a long winter sleeping and dreaming of spring and the berries that will surely be ripe on the vine . . . only in reverse.

My hibernation has been over this beautiful summer. I made time to garden, paddle board and spend time with my family, but mostly I worked on Ice Luminary Magic!, my book about making ice luminaries of all shapes and sizes. And, all that thinking and dreaming of ice has made me as hungry for playtime in the snow. I'm ready and waiting for the temperatures to go below 20°F/-7°C, so I can get out there and experiment with all my icy ideas that have been percolating in the summer sun. 

So, it's time to prepare! As of last week, I have all my Smurfy Blue Gloves lined up on the rack by the door.

Wintercraft Gloves by the Door


My stash of Globe Ice Lantern Balloons, Freezing Bases and Easy-close Clips are standing by my laundry tub ready for action.

Wintercraft Work Set Up Globe Ice Lantern Balloons Freezing Bases Clips and Tools 

And my freezers are working full time to make Globe Ice Lanterns for early retail displays and the Art Attack event (our building's art crawl) November 4-6, 2016.

But, I still carve out time to work on my book every day and I must admit, I am getting very excited because it's coming together so nicely. It's filled with photos and illustrations that are sure to please. I will let everyone know when it is ready for presentation!

Here are a few photos of the working draft as a preview of what's to come . . . 

Wintercraft Luminary Magic Book Ice Logic Section

Ice Logic Section: Once you understand how ice behaves, the ice projects later in the book will make much more sense.


Wintercraft Luminary Magic Book Ice Chip Tower Project page 1

Ice Chip Tower Project - entry spread

Wintercraft Luminary Magic Book Ice Chip Tower Project page 2

Ice Chip Tower Project - final spread

Wintercraft Luminary Magic Book Teardrop Ice Lantern Lighting

Teardrop Ice Lantern lighting strategies


Wintercraft Luminary Magic Book Ice Flower Project

Floral Globe Project - entry page

Wintercraft Luminary Magic Book Floral Globe Project

And much, much more . . . very exciting! For those who have been patiently waiting for my book, I thank you. I assure you, I am as impatient as you. I was a Hare, who has to be a tortoise, so I am embracing the adage, "Slow but sure wins the race."  

As the mercury starts to descent, come out of your summer sleep and be prepared to enjoy the glow . . . Winter Globe Ice Lantern Flowers are getting ready to bloom!

Wintercraft Globe Ice Lantern Ice Glass Flower Middlemoon Creekwalk Luminary event Minneapolis Minnesota

Jennifer Shea Hedberg, Wintercraft's Ice Wrangler


Posted in Custom Globe Ice Lantern Installation, DIY, Globe Ice Lanterns, Ice Art, Ice Luminary Magic, Luminary Festival, Luminary Ice Creations, Wintercraft

Before the Frost

Posted on October 18, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

Wintercraft Flower Gathering gardener Elizabeth

One of the projects in my Ice Luminary Magic! book is how to make a Bucket Lantern with flowers frozen into the ice. It is one of several projects involving flowers and I love to make them for myself and others! 

During the summer months, I rarely buy flowers to put in my ice because they are so readily available outside in my garden. But in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the threat of a frost now nipping every night, I have made several flower acquisition trips to friends and neighbors who offer them. The knowledge that their flowers will live on in ice after the rest of their garden is killed by frost, makes some of my friends excited to part with a few stems of pink hydrangea, salvia, and even late-blooming roses!

These flowers and greens from my friend Elizabeth Carr will look beautiful together in a tower of ice. (I will edit this post with photos when the floral bucket ice lantern has finished freezing in my deep freezer.) Thanks Elizabeth!

Wintercraft flowers from Elizabeth for ice project in Ice Luminary Magic Book

Try an easy project to use some of your fall-blooming flowers leaves . . .

Wintercraft Leaves in Bundt pan make nice base for Globe Ice Lantern

Start by (#1) clipping a few brightly colored blossoms or leaves and (#2) arrange them in a bundt pan. (#3) Fill the bundt pan with water and (#4) lay it flat in a deep freezer to freeze (You can freeze it solid, but the interior ice tends to get white). (#5) Release the ice from the mold and (#6) store in plastic bags in the freezer. When you are ready to use them, the bundt pan-shaped ice that's filled with flowers or leaves works beautifully as a base for a Globe Ice Lantern. (After I took this photo, I added a wreath of greens to hide the bowl.) Beautiful, easy and you can pull out the ice in the middle of winter and remember the glory of your garden during autumn!

Enjoy the Glow!

Jennifer Shea Hedberg, Wintercraft's Ice Wrangler


Posted in Freezer Ice Lanterns, Ice Art, Ice Luminary Book, Ice Luminary Magic, Make in Freezer, Wintercraft

2016 Wintercraft Photo Contest Results!

Posted on May 04, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

Wintercraft Creativity Award for the 2016 Photo Contest

The Results are in . . .

So many entries! We will get the the GRAND PRIZE in just a minute . . .


Creativity Award

 . . . but first, our new "Creativity Award" offered the judges a puzzle . . . Should the prize go to someone with the best technical photo or to the person with the most creative ice creation? Good question.


Fortunately, ice lantern enthusiasts Mary Arneson and Dale Hammerschmidt helped us out. For the last several winters, this husband and wife team have made many, many ice lanterns and have helped at the Middlemoon Creekwalk for the last 2 years. But it was Mary's "Arare" Globe Ice Lantern that caught the judges attention. The fact that Dale captured a photo of it, sealed the deal. So there you go, the simple answer to the perplexing problem - team winners! And she has agreed to put the how-to into Ice Luminary Magic, our book about ice lanterns that will be released later this year.

 Wintercraft Photo Contest 2016 Creativity Award


Honorable Mention for Creativity

We would feel remiss if we did not do a shout out to Becky Stolinas. If we had offered an award for the MOST PASSIONATE ICE LANTERN CREATOR, it would have gone to Becky. I believe this is her first year making ice lanterns and with 6 photo submissions showing amazing experimental work, we are quite excited to see what new she'll come up with next season! Check out the square ice lantern - extremely fun!

Becky Stolinas Honorary Mention Wintercraft 2016 Photo Contest


First Place Indoor

The 1st place award for Indoor shots goes to by Tracey Haun of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA who really loves taking closeup photos of the Globe Ice Lanterns that she has made. All the better to see the magical nuances! This lantern appears to have been melting so that rivers of water etched the ice. With the candle behind it, all those lines reflect the light. Beautiful!

Wintercraft Photo Contest 2016 1st Place Indoor Winning Photo by Tracey Haun of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

First Place Outdoor

The 1st place award for Outdoor Shots has been awarded to Stephen L. Garrett who is a recent transplant to Minnesota from North Carolina. As a professional photographer and videographer, when he learned of the Middlemoon Creekwalk, he came and brought his camera! He captured a photo of a globe ice lantern that we had hung next to the creek with one of our fishline macrame nets. Because he came at dusk or the "blue hour", the architecture of the globe can be seen as well as the glow of the candle. Beautiful shot!



And finally, the Grand Prize . . .

The year the judges almost unanimously chose a photo taken by Thea Schmidt of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.  She snapped this photo with her camera phone and posted it to Instagram where I found it and reposted! I don't know if she did any retouching, but the color is fantastic and the quintessential beauty of a Globe Ice Lantern came shining through. Congratulations Thea!

Wintercraft Photo Contest 2016 Grand Prize Winning Photo by Thea Schmidt of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA



A final word . . .

Thanks to our inclusive rules which enters photos posted of Globe Ice Lanterns on the Wintercraft Facebook page, Instagram or are sent directly by email, we had scores of entries to peruse for 2016. The directive was given to the judges to vote for photos that "captured the magic and beauty of Globe Ice Lanterns" and I think you will agree that these photos do just that.  The exciting news is that next year we will be expanding the contest to also include additional categories featuring other shapes of ice lanterns.  Stay tuned for details . . in the meantime, have a wonderful summer!

Congratulations to all the winners!


Enjoy the Glow!

Jennifer Shea Hedberg - The Ice Wrangler



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Posted in Hanging Globe Ice Lanterns, Hanging ice luminaries, Ice Art, Ice Photography, Lighting Ice Lanterns, Winners, Wintercraft, Wintercraft Photo Contest

Hippity Hop Ice Rabbit Cookies for Spring

Posted on March 04, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

Rabbit Applique on Globe Ice Lantern Wintercraft


With warm weather, rabbits start to emerge and remind us of the coming season. Yeah! They are the perfect symbol for Spring and many of us have old metal cookie cutters that will work perfectly to make Rabbit Ice Cookies that we can put on our globe ice lanterns to have a little fun.


Because Globe Ice Lanterns are round and Ice Cookies are flat, it is important to flatten one side of a Globe Ice Lantern before attaching an Ice Cookie.


So, let's begin. As always, the first step is to make a beautiful Globe Ice Lantern using Wintercraft balloons so the globes are nice and round. I would suggest making the globe on the thin side (1-2"/2.5-5cm) so the ice is very clear*. If you are planning on using a candle, now would be a good time to create the chimney.


2. Flatten the side of a Globe Ice Lantern with a flat metal surface, such as the back of a metal baking pan. Just hold the pan to the side of the globe until it starts to melt. Then lay the pan in a sink and lay the globe with the slightly flattened side of the globe in contact with the pan. As it sits there, the flat side should get larger. Once the flat surface of ice becomes slightly larger than your cookie cutter, remove the ice and put the Globe Ice Lantern into a plastic bag and store it somewhere cold until ready to use. A storage temp of 8° F (-13°C) or lower is best, but any temps close will work.


Metal cookie cutters to make Ice Cookies with Globe Ice Lanterns Wintercraft


3. Locate some metal cookie cutters**. If you are going to put the Ice Cookie on a small Globe Ice Lantern, the cookie cutters should be around 2.5" (6.5cm) or smaller and for a large globe ice lantern, the cookie cutters should be under 4" (10cm). 


4. Place the cookie cutters in a metal baking pan with a flat bottom. Add water to the pan until the water comes to 1/4" (.5 cm) under the tops of the cookie cutter tops*.


5. Place the water-filled metal pan with the cookie cutters in the freezer or outside if cold enough to freeze. Allow the water to freeze solid. 


Metal Cookie Cutters in water frozen Wintercraft


6. After the water in the pan freezes solid, put the pan upside-down in a sink and run warm water over the bottom until the ice drops out. 


7. Put the rectangle of ice on a cutting board and with a screwdriver and hammer, gently break up the ice outside of the the cookie cutters. Remove as much of the ice outside the cookie cutters as possible.


8. Put the cookie cutters with ice inside them back into the baking pan and then into the freezer again for 30 min or so to refreeze any cracks or fissures in the ice.


Metal Cookie Cutters with outside ice removed back in to freeze Wintercraft


9. Bring the baking pan with the cookie cutters back inside and allow to sit for 15 min. The ice should slip out of the cookie cutters. (If not ready to put in place, put the Ice Cookies in a plastic bag until ready. Be sure to leave in room temp for at least 5-10 min when ready to use.)


10. Bring the Globe Ice Lantern with a flattened side out of storage and place on a work surface. While the lantern is very cold, position the slightly wet Ice Cookie (with the flattest side toward the ice) on the flat surface of the Ice Globe and hold until stuck in place.

10B. For ice to really stick well, it is important to put flat sides together. So, if you want your Ice Cookie to face the other way, it is important to make the other side flat. To do this, run warm water in your sink for a minute or two to make the surface of the sink warm. Then, place the Ice Cookie in the sink, with the side you want to be flat, down. The warm sink will melt the ice side until flat.  


Rabbit on the Lake Wintercraft Ice Cookie Appliqué


11. Light up the Globe Ice Lantern that has now been stylized for Spring . . . or save it for another day by putting it in a plastic bag and storing it in below freezing temps until ready to use.



*Opaque ice will absorb the light of the candle and clear ice will allow the light through. If the Globe Ice Lantern is clear and the Ice Cookie is opaque, the shape of the Ice Cookie will be seen better.


There are two ways to make opaque ice that do not weaken the ice:


1. Add a small amount of milk to the water when freezing. I add about 1/2 cup (.25 liter) milk to the water needed in a 9x13" baking pan.

2. Use the released water from making a Globe Ice Lantern. Why would that work? Pure water freezes first and pushes all the minerals etc to the inside. After all the pure water in a water-filled Globe Ice Lantern Balloon has been frozen into a beautiful Globe Ice Lantern, the water that is released will be filled with minerals. When you freeze that water, it will be more opaque. Think about the inside of a homemade ice cube. There is usually a white star in the middle. If you take away the clear outside, you have the white star!


**Alternative to Cookie Cutters: Soap and candy molds will works as well. Just fill the molds with water, allow to freeze and then flatten the back side before attaching. To flatten, run warm water in the sink to get the bottom of the sink warm. Place the ice form in the sink and allow that back to melt until flat.

If your plan is to attach many small Ice Cookies, there is not as much need to flatten the surface first. For instance, this Globe Ice Lantern made by Mary Arneson at the 2016 Middlemoon Creekwalk is covered by hundreds of tiny thimble-sized ice pieces. Marvelous!


Mary Arneson sculpture photo by Stephen L Garrett for Wintercraft at 2016 Middlemoon Creekwalk


Enjoy the Glow!

-- Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler



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Posted in appliques, Centerpiece, Ice Art, Ice Cookies, Make in Freezer, Winter Craft

Globe Ice Lantern Vase for Spring!

Posted on February 26, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

Springtime Centerpiece Globe Ice Lantern Wintercraft Ice Wrangler

Grocery stores are tempting us with visions of spring with tulips and other springtime flowers -- so give in to temptation! Buy some colorful cheer, but for a seamless transition, consider displaying your bouquet in a Globe Ice Lantern Vase! Yes, I said vase. An upside-down Globe Ice Lantern makes a wonderful crystal vase where the flowers are fed cold water as the ice melts.


Its really quite simple!


Start with Globe Ice Lantern Spring Globe Ice Lantern Centerpiece Wintercraft Ice Wrangler

Make a fresh Globe Ice Lantern outside if its still cold where you are, or in your freezer if Mother Nature has started to melt your winter world. (If you have a stash of Globe Ice Lanterns in your freezer or snowbank, this is a perfect reason to pull one out!)


Flip it over Globe Ice Lantern Tulip Centerpiece Wintercraft Ice Wrangler

(You can also use a Globe Ice Lantern that has HAD a candle in it so the chimney is large.)


Add Flowers to Spring Globe Ice Lantern Centerpiece

You see, its really that simple. Do NOT use a candle with this idea, but you can put a waterproof LED inside or under the vase if you desire. 


Enjoy the Glow!

-- Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler


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Posted in Centerpiece, Ice Art, Luminary Ice Creations, Make in Freezer, Making Ice Lanterns, Winter Craft, Wintercraft

Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016 - Photos!

Posted on February 21, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 6 Comments

Finnish Ice Glass Tower by Jennifer Shea Hedberg Ice Wrangler for Wintercraft Middlemoon 2016

The 2016 Middlemoon Creekwalk was a wonderful experience. It was a pleasure to work with other ice artists (my husband Tom, Mary Arneson and her equally crazy husband Dale Hammerschmidt) to create an event that people have started to look forward to and is seen as well as felt. 


I loved presenting my latest technique that I call Finnish Ice Glass. I am in love with this idea and will be in my book - for sure! The surface of the ice displays cascading bubbles of air that I think looks and feels like the bark of trees and with a little more time, I would have loved to have made several towers randomly spaced to create a forest of them! 

Finnish Ice Glass Towers by The Ice Wrangler at Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016 Wintercraft 

Detail of Finnish Glass by Ice Wrangler Jennifer Shea Hedberg of Wintercraft for Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016 


Some of concepts from previous years (Teardrop Ice Lanterns, Hanging Ice Luminaries and Flower Stuffed Ice Lanterns) received some tweaks. 

Hanging Globe and Teardrop Ice Lanterns by The Ice Wrangler at Middlemoon Creekwalk Wintercraft

Flower Bucket Ice Lantern by Jennifer Shea Hedberg Wintercraft Ice Wrangler at Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016


This Flower Globe Ice Lantern had already made an appearance at the Luminary Loppet the weekend before, but looked good enough for a second showing at the Creekwalk.

Flower Globe Ice Lantern by Jennifer Shea Hedberg, Ice Wrangler for Wintercraft Middlmoon Creekwalk 2016


And then there is the process which I haven't named yet, that I've also taken to another level this year. With the concept, I created an Ice Vase and a Funky Bucket Lantern that both have a distinct texture to the ice surface.

Textured Bucket Ice Lanterns by Wintercraft Ice Wrangler Middlemoon Creekwalk


I built an Ice Bar for the second year in a row, which turned into a great photo opportunity on Valentine's Day! 

Ic Bar Snaps at Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016


The cold snap a few days ago, allowed me to make a great crop of the large sheets of ice (Ice Glass for Ice Bar and other arrangements) and many choice pieces of Bubble Ice Glass. Mary and Dale helped me bring the Bubble Ice Glass down to the creek (scroll down for video) for Monday's lighting and it was used to make the Chimera Luminary in the middle of the creek, a few luminaries along the trail and the delicate Ice Rose on the very north end of the trail.

Chimera-shaped Ice Luminary Bubble Glass Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016 Wintercraft

 Frilly Bubble Ice Glass Luminary Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016 Wintercraft


Please indulge me a brief rundown of the people that made the Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016 wonderful:


Tom Hedberg - He made or helped me make so many of what was seen out there. If you saw a big piece of ice, Tom probably had a hand in it somewhere along the line.

Tom lighting the Chimera Lantern in the middle of the creek Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016


Mary Arneson - Mary has the ice lantern bug! This is her masterpiece which she calls "Arare" because looks it like a Japanese teapot made out of cast iron and decorated with a pattern of evenly spaced bumps, known as Arare.

Mary Arneson's Arare Ice Luminary Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016

I love it and revere her patience to glue all those ice cubes onto a globe ice lantern. Unbelievable. (And, it melts beautifully, too.)


Her Ice People and Appliqués of Hearts, Stars and Ducks were a crowd favorite!

Ice Person by Mary Arneson Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016

Heart Appliqué Ice Lantern by Mary Arneson Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016 photo Larry Risser

Mary first started making ice lanterns in the Fall of 2013. Retirement and a bit of craziness :) have sent her into a whirlwind of ice and candles. This was her second year and she must have brought down at least 40 icy creations. What will she do next year?


Dale Hammerschmidt - Dale is Mary's support, as well as the candlemaker and the photographer of the group. I feel much better knowing that I can send him all my candle stubs to reuse, and that he is standing by with his trusty 3D camera, to capture many of the moments, that would have otherwise, blurred into obscurity.

Dale Hammerschmidt's Candle Making Lab

And because they are wonderful people, they went over for several days in a row AFTER the Middlemoon Creekwalk to pull out plastic cups and candles! This is a job I do NOT look forward to, but this year, it was done before I had a chance to worry about it. Thank you Mary and Dale! 


And last, but not least, Dave Smith, who is also a neighborhood ice artist, creates what I call "Ice Totems" in his yard. He was out of town for the first night, but brought over his 6 foot tower of ice (on the north end of the creek) over for the second night. I hope we will see more of him in the future!

Ice Totem Tower by Dave Smith Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016


Future Ice Artists: We know you are out there and just need a little encouragement to bring your creations down next year. Please feel free to contact me so you will be sure to get the word in time to create and bring them to the creek.


HELP!  Making and lugging all the ice down to the creek and then lighting it is a huge job! There were several folks who chipped in to move and light ice that really saved the day.

Nettie Magnuson lighting Ice Bar Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016


Peter Hedberg, Riga Moettus and Anda Moettus - Tom's brother Peter and two of his girls, showed up on Friday to help move many of the larger bucket lanterns down to the creek so I could build the bar in time to freeze solidly into place.


Linda Miller Stolte - Linda came over on Saturday to be helpful in any way we needed. That's a direct quote! She lugged ice. She monitored kids drilling holes in ice. She bought Tom and me lunch, and then, she brought her mother on Monday night to enjoy the luminaries!


Heidi Chen and her boys Owen and Kyle Knicklebine - They helped transport much of the ice down to the creek and drilled chimneys in many of the globe ice lanterns. Heidi also sent her son Cole to buy me two more cans of Mapp Gas which I use constantly and was running low.


Dan Berg - Dan was wonderful. Not only did he do a lot of ice moving, but he also quickly absorbed the lighting techniques and with a lighting kit in hand, he lit up many of the smaller lanterns on the east side. After Tom came back from lighting the entire west side, he was dreading the idea of the work left to do, but then saw that it was virtually done! Thanks Dan! 


Nettie Magnuson - Nettie (and another woman whose name escapes me) stepped in at the last minute and helped me do some fine tuning on the hanging globes and some quick repairs.

Our daughter Ellie and her boyfriend Alex - They surprised Tom and me with a delicious Valentine's Day dinner after we came back exhausted and hungry from working outside all day!


Ice Bundt Pan Donators - Many people who brought down bundt pan-shaped ice, as I requested, which were shaped into ice lanterns for Monday night's lighting.

Bundt Pan Ice Luminary Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016


A Mystery Woman responded to my plea for grit along the trail when she asked how she could help. To the hardware store she drove and bought a HUGE bag of grit which she helped sprinkle all along the pathway. The was a great relief as I know that the Creekwalk is attended by many young and old, and after the crowds come through, it can get a bit slippery in places.


Rick Chasin - Rick volunteered to help light on Wednesday night's encore lighting which was very helpful as I had a commissioned installation scheduled for that day and could not help light as much as usual. Rick also dropped off a flash drive of photos that he had taken! I love photos as they are a wonderful way to save the fleeting images of ice along the creek.

Bird's Eye View of Globe Ice Lantern • Photo by Rick Chasin


Martha Archer - Martha came on Valentine's Night and took many photos which she has sent my way - love them - thank you!

Children Exploring Luminary Ice Sculptures Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016 photo by Martha Shull Archer


Larry Risser - Larry sent many photos, including this very cute one of a dad, his daughter and dog out for a stroll through the Ice Lantern Garden! That is one the true benefits of the Middlemoon Creekwalk - there is a cement walkway running alongside the creek which offers pretty good accessibility for folks with strollers or wheel chairs. And, dogs are allowed!

Families were plentiful at the Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016 photo by Larry Risser


Bob Hayes - For a second year in a row, Bob spent many daytime and nighttime hours behind his lens and took the time to assemble his photos and dropped them off on our doorstep. Thanks Bob!

Bob Hayes photo of a portion of the Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016


I have tried to present a smattering of images of the Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016, but I still have more photos to sift through. In the meantime, it is my great pleasure to share with you a photo journal that was sent to me by Stephen L. Garrett, which does a wonderful job of showing the essence of the Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016. 

MN Photo Journal by Stephen Garrett of Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016


In the meantime, if you have photos that you snapped at this year's Middlemoon, please consider sending them my way. I love seeing the event through other people's perspective . . . and WINTERCRAFT has a Photo Contest!  Submit by email, Facebook or Instagram. Really, however you send it, it will be entered in the contest. If you win, we will track you down :)

Grand Prize Winner Gail Murton Wintercraft 2015 Photo Contest


And finally, a big thank you to all the passing neighbors whose kind words and gestures helped to bolster our weary muscles and spirits as we were working by the creek. There were many times when we were rushing to light all the luminaries that we may not have been able to take the time to have a real conversation, but the appreciation was felt. Thank you!

End of Story Photo Wintercraft Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016

Enjoy the Glow!

Jennifer Shea Hedberg - The Ice Wrangler



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Posted in Ice Art, Luminary Ice Creations, Making Ice Lanterns, Middlemoon Creekwalk, Wintercraft

Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016: A Lover's Lane Revival

Posted on February 10, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 7 Comments

Finnish Glass Ice Towers by Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler for Wintercraft

 *** Middlemoon Creekwalk Wed, Feb 17 Relighting News Flash.... We'll have time to recap and give proper thanks to all the people who helped, but with rain and 50 degrees in the forecast and a glorious day today, a final push of energy (and requests) has us relighting for a FINAL time tonight, Wed, Feb 17... From dusk on the candles will be glowing.. some of the ice has already been sun-etched, some has vanished, but the walk should still be beautiful.. come stroll, or HELP us with the lighting... many hands make light work... we'll start lighting at 2pm - just find us along the creek.



The Middlemoon Creekwalk lines up with Valentine's Day yet again! If the weather forecasters are correct, it should be a glorious day to work/play outside. And, the evening will be even more amazing with the lights of hundreds of candles shining in the dark.

So come down and enjoy - better yet - come down and join in the fun!

WHAT: The Middlemoon Creekwalk - A Spontaneous Ice Luminary Lighting Along the Creek!

WHEN: Sunday, February 14 at dusk and repeat on Monday night, February 15, too! 


TIME: Dusk. Candles generally stay lit until 11pm or so.

WHY: Because we love our neighborhood! AND, as the winter sun shines brighter, we generally have a range of beautiful ice lanterns of all shapes and sizes that were extras from ice luminary installations or products of ice experiments that are gloriously sun-kissed. The magic of their beauty lies in their imperfection and they all deserve a moment in the limelight.


HISTORY: Briefly... About 5 years ago we spontaneously decided to add some ice lanterns to a short pathway in the woods along a little creek near our home in Minneapolis - it was Valentine's Day and we thought it would be fun if someone stumbled upon it... all they needed was some love in their hearts. Named "Lover's Lane" the first year, the creek lighting has now become an annual tradition...  although the spirit is the same, the date changes each year and has always been chosen with short notice. It now is known as Middlemoon Creekwalk as we attempt to have it by the light of a middle moon (full moon nights get all the attention!).  We're lucky this year as the stars and the moon have aligned again on Valentine's weekend. 

WHERE: The small stretch of creek between Lake Harriet and 49th Street walking bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. This year, if more people bring their own ice lanterns down, we will try to light up the creek to 50th street! MAP


SHARE:  Although magical as a solo stroll, the Middlemoon Creekwalk is also meant to be enjoyed with friends and neighbors. It's not an official event in any sense, rather just a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with nearby friends and celebrate the outdoor winter beauty. Please be respectful as the quiet in the woods truly is special.

HELP? Absolutely!  We'll be working in the area from noon on Friday until lighting on Sunday. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated and it's fun! 


#1 - We need SNOW MOVED! We have sleds and shovels, but feel free to bring your own. Please contact us ASAP if you are interested as this is the first step. When? Mostly on Friday, but snow will still be needed on Saturday or Sunday, too!

#2 - We need ICE MOVED to the creek from our home. (Please note that some ice is very heavy!) When? Saturday or Sunday. Private message for address.

#3 - BRING ICE LANTERNS YOU HAVE MADE to the creek! Any size and shape of ice lantern is welcomed, but they should be lit with candles. Bring your own candles if you have them, but we'll have extra candles and matches. (Be kind to other contributors by installing your lanterns at least 10-15 feet from others unless you have asked :) When? Saturday or Sunday.


P.S. for bringing your own ice lanterns: It looks like it might be snowing on Sunday, and a sitting, uncovered candle will not light as well after it has been snowed on. Consider bringing a plastic bag to cover your set up creation as you wait to light it in the late afternoon/evening.

#4 - Place and light ice lanterns down the creek. We will give a short tutorial on Saturday (at noon at the bridge at 49th St. and W. Minnehaha Pkwy) to those that want to learn the process of setting up an ice lantern in the snow. Then take that knowledge and help along the creek on Saturday and Sunday.

#5 - Do you own a bundt pan? If yes, fill it with water, put it out on a sidewalk or other cold spot (not in the snow), cover it with an insulating top (example: a plastic bag with the A section of the newspaper inside), and then wait at least 12 hours. Bring it inside and put it upside down in your sink and wait for it to drop out. Take the piece of shaped ice and put it in a plastic bag and keep cold outside. Bring it down to the creek! Combined with other bundt pan shapes of ice, we can build Bundt Pan Ice Lantern Towers! One tower would be fun - many would be cool!


Ice Flower at Middlemoon Creekwalk with Child by The Ice Wrangler by Wintercraft

OUR HOPE: To create a "Community Ice Lantern Garden" where people will come together to create and/or simply enjoy the glow of a winter's evening. If one is quiet enough, they may just hear the ducks or an owl..  This fickle winter is beginning to feel a bit long, so we hope the Middlemoon Creekwalk will be a wonderful transition to March and . . . springtime.  On that note though, it's still winter, so it will be more enjoyable if one wears good footwear and hats and mittens!

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Enjoy the Glow!
-- Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler


Posted in Ice Art, Luminary Ice Creations, Making Ice Lanterns, Middlemoon Creekwalk, Wintercraft

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