Here you will find a constantly updated portfolio of the ice luminary art that we create for corporate and private events as well as for the Middlemoon Creekwalk - our yearly gift to our neighborhood. The following page has some information and check out our Facebook page, too!
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I created two custom Globe Ice Lantern Displays for private event at Spoon & Stable restaurant in the North Loop of Minneapolis. The ice lantern was requested to look like a cherry as the theme for the night was "Cherry on Top". The stems couldn't be made of ice as they would melt too quickly, so I created stems and inserted them in the top of a cherry-shaped Globe Ice Lanterns. Beautiful setting! The flowers arrangements on either side were created by designer Kara Karpenske.
A closer view of the Cherry Globe Ice Lantern.
Here I am working on filling in empty spots in the Cherry Globe Ice Lantern base arrangement with moss and Ruscus greens sprayed with gold spray paint.
This pumpkin-based indoor globe ice lantern display was created for a Class of 1980 Class Reunion at the Brits Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis.
I was asked by a client to hand many globes in an ancient oak outside her home to create a fabulous entry effect for a holiday party near Summit Avenue in St. Paul, MN. This photo is taken at dusk and the candles are just starting to glow.
This was the first globe ice lantern that I hung with twine macrame. I created this for the Middlemoon Creekwalk (Once a winter, Tom and I, along with neighbors, create a magical ice luminary walk along a creek to be enjoyed by all). I use that opportunity to show off experiments that I have been working on and am able to see the reaction. That way I know what works and what does not. The hanging globe has been a huge hit!
For a few years now, the people at Ice Castles have asked Wintercraft to add a little icy magic to their elaborate ice creation. This photo shows an ice wall that I created in the New Hampshire Castle. It is made with huge tubes of ice that have been crosscut to show off the freezing pattern inside. Lit from behind, it is fabulous and a visitor favorite!
This teardrop globe looks like it grew in one of the glacial ice crevices in the New Hampshire Ice Castle.
Anna frozen into a globe ice lantern delighted children at the Eden Prairie Ice Castle.
A studio shot of the Anna globe before heading out the Ice Castle!
Candle-lit Globe Ice Lantern Garden at the Entrance of the Mall of America Ice Castles.
A photographer, Patrick Groleau, took a picture of me taking a photo of an ice rose I had created at the New Hampshire Ice Castles.
An ice mushroom at the 2010 Luminary Loppet in Minneapolis, MN. To establish scale, the lower area of the sculpture was created using a garbage can!
Ice Rose at one of the Middlemoon Creekwalks
Ice hands hold a candlelit globe in an ice glass display at a Middlemoon Creekwalk
An extra large globe on a dessert table at the gala fundraising event for the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon
Frozen poinsettia for a private Christmas party installation
Roses frozen into a globe for a private event.
Outside Globe Ice Lantern display for the Joynoelle Fashion Show at the Grand Restaurant in Minneapolis, MN. Photo taken by Jennifer Simonsson.
Private Wintercraft Custom Installation - this image is somewhat famous as it has been used on the packaging for our Wintercraft kits for years! Photo taken by Paul Umbarger.
Top of a globe tower at the 2009 Luminary Loppet in Minneapolis, MN. Photo by Bruce Challgren
A close up of a ice globe and ice glass display at the entrance of the Bloomington REI store. I used lights to create a Northern Lights look.
Globe Ice Lantern Ice Glass Display at the Bloomington REI store. Lights to create Northern Lights. To help with scale, the sheets of ice in this photo are 6 feet high.
Indoor Globe Ice Lantern Display at a private event - Dining Room area.
Indoor Globe Ice Lantern Display at a private event - Dining Room area.
Indoor Globe Ice Lantern Display at a private event - Dance Area.
Wintercraft custom outdoor Globe Ice Lantern and Ice Glass Display lit with LED lights for a private customer.
Part of a large installation created for Midwest Home Magazine. Photo taken by Martha Shull Archer.
That's all for now - I hope you enjoyed looking through some of the many icy creations my husband and I have created over the years. As I mentioned before, I will continue to edit this blog post so that I have an ongoing portfolio.
If you have interest in having a custom ice luminary installation for your business or private event, please CONTACT us as soon possible as dates fill quickly during the holiday season!
Enjoy the Glow!
I present to you - the Globe Ice Lantern Perch - otherwise known as a short log wedged into a planter to provide a landing spot for a beautiful glowing orb . . . Easy-peasy!
I know this will be hard to believe(haha), but when I create a front entrance planter, I like to build in at least one perch for a Globe Ice Lantern to sit. I give myself extra points if it looks good without a globe as well, so I like to use short, fat logs. They fit right into an arrangement and are easy to stabilize. Birch logs are still readily available in my area, but any bark-covered log will do.
So, pull out the tired flowers from the summer and fall and replace them with winter hardy greens and hardgoods before it gets too cold!
First, you will need to gather your supplies:
1. Planter suitable for outdoor use (or don't mind if it cracks in the cold) filled with dirt
2. Log with at least one flat end - about 8 inches wide
3. Hardy greens, sticks and other hardgood decorations for outdoor use
4. Trowel or small shovel
7. Tools to break up frozen earth: Wonderbar, hammer and drill with spade bit
8. Water bucket
OK, lets get started . . .
Clear out any old flowers or hardgoods from the area and use your shovel to mix up and level the soil. Add extra dirt if needed.
Plant a large log in the dirt, and if there's room, also add some big branches. Try to dig down into the soil and pack to secure them in place. Use a level to make sure that the Globe Ice Lantern Perch is as level as possible.
If you have a Globe Ice Lantern in your freezer, position it on the log perch while adding the greens and other hardgoods.
If you purchased a mixture of greens and sticks, sort them out by type.
Start pressing the larger greens into the soil and make sure they remain standing.
Fill in with more greens and . . .
. . . decorations and . . .
. . . sticks for texture.
If there are any glaring open spots, I sacrifice lower branches of my juniper bushes and fill in where needed. Water the arrangement so when it gets cold it will all freeze into place.
So, there you go - a Front Entrance Planter using a log to create a Perch for a Globe Ice Lantern made with Wintercraft kits and supplies!
And it will look good while you patiently wait for weather that is cold enough to make Globe Ice Lanterns! But remember, it's also easy to make Globe Ice Lanterns in the freezer (See Wintercraft instructions).
Come to think of it, the Globe Ice Lantern Perch log would be a good landing spot for any sort of lantern that is safe to use outdoors. I will have to take a photo of one and edit it in later :)
I tend not be a planner, BUT I love having this perch ready to go on a cold winter nights when we spontaneously invite guests over for dinner and want to make the entrance welcoming with a Globe Ice Lantern or 2 . . . or more!
Enjoy the Glow!
Globe Ice Lanterns are so beautiful sitting in a nest of snow, greens or flowers, but here's a mind bending question . . . Can a Globe Ice Lantern defy gravity and hover in the air?
The answer is most definitely, YES!
In the January of 2014, I read an article in the New York Times about macrame pot holders over my morning coffee. My mind immediately imagined Globe Ice Lanterns hanging in a tree. So, I whipped one up using garden twine for the Middlemoon Creekwalk that night. People loved it!
The following year, a client asked me to hang multiple globes from a majestic oak tree for a holiday party, but requested that the string disappear. So, I bought several types of fish line and started experimenting. I soon discovered that 50 lb fish line is the best and it is a quite a bit trickier to work with than twine, but the effort was worth it - the effect was stunning. When the sun went down, it really looked like the Globe Ice Lanterns were floating in the air.
So, my time for experimenting was done and the production of 30 macrame fish line hangers became the issue -- that and how to hang the lanterns in the higher branches?! The answer to the high wire act was my son and a tall ladder :) Together, we hung about 30 globes in that old oak . . .
When the sun started to go down, we lit them all up - it was ethereal and magical!
So, whether you use fish line, twine or something completely different, I hope you will make the attempt to . . . defy gravity with Globe Ice Lanterns!
Enjoy the Glow!
Pumpkin this - pumpkin that . . . everything is pumpkinised at this time of year, but a Globe Ice Lantern Centerpiece actually makes sense.
We've seen Martha Stewart make a pumpkin into everything from a candy dish to a soup tureen, but now we will use its beautiful color and its ability to hold water to its full advantage.
All Globe Ice Lantern Centerpieces require a bowl to catch the melting ice. So, before all the pumpkins get used for Jack-o-lanterns, run out and get one to use as part of a festively memorable centerpiece. Sit back, sip your pumpkin latte and watch this VIDEO to show you how.
The summer of 2015 has come and gone in a flash, and we are excited to announce the outcome of the Wintercraft Photo Contest for 2015. Special thanks to the judges for reviewing the submitted photos. Below are reflections by Jennifer Shea Hedberg, Wintercraft founder, on the winning photos. Also, visit wintercraft.com/photocontest - we'll kick off the 2016 contest soon! Have some fun and share the beauty of ice lanterns! Here are the winners!
THE GRAND PRIZE
($100 Wintercraft Gift Certificate) is awarded to Gail Murton of Finland, Minnesota. This photo has so many wonderful elements, but I will start with the inventive use of a Globe Ice Lantern. I had never heard or seen anyone use a Globe Ice Lantern as a bird feeder before, and I love it! My father is crazy about birds and I am looking forward to building him an icy bird feeder for outside his window this winter. I am imagining a few stacked on top of each other with the top globe positioned in the traditional display mode with the bottom side up, as Gail has done. The stack of ice should make a slippery surface for invading squirrels :) The beauty of this photo is self evident--the bird captured in mid-flight and the sun shining through the ice--simply wonderful. A big thank you again to Gail for posting this image on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Facebook page and mentioning Wintercraft--so thoughtful!
FIRST PLACE OUTDOOR CATEGORY
($50 Wintercraft Gift Certificate) is awarded to Bob Hayes of Minneapolis, Minnesota who wandered down to the Middlemoon Creekwalk last March and captured this stunning rainbow effect in a globe ice lantern amidst some shards of ice glass (the ice lantern was I believe made by my husband Tom). Amazing! I will add that this image did bring up the topic of whether the photographer is required to make the globe ice lantern him/herself. The rule for the Wintercraft Photo Contest 2015 pertaining to this issue states: "All photos must contain one or more Globe Ice Lanterns made using Wintercraft® products." Given that Tom Hedberg of Wintercraft made this globe, we know for sure that it was made with Wintercraft products!
FIRST PLACE INDOOR CATEGORY
($50 Wintercraft Gift Certificate) was awarded to Michele Klein of Morton, Illinois. A huge part of my personal enjoyment of Globe Ice Lanterns is that they can be brought inside, so I always look forward to seeing how other people do so. Michele created a stunning globe and set it off with a floral arrangement of roses and sparkly bits as a centerpiece. Beautifully done, Michele and congratulations!
We did not plan to give Honorable Mentions this year, but we had so many amazing photos submitted . . . so to honor all those that were too honorable not to mention, we created a VIDEO with the winners plus all the Honorable Mention photos. I also think we should seriously consider offering a Creativity Award for 2016. I would love to honor those that incorporate fun new ideas for making and displaying Globe Ice Lanterns as it exciting to see the varied uses, regardless of the photographic outcome.
Enjoy the video!
Driving to and from the New Hampshire Ice Castle was a trial, but working in it was pure pleasure. Dan Beck, the site manager / Master Ice Castle Builder as well as his builders, assistants and worker bees, did a fabulous job. Not only have they had a real winter with cold weather and snow, which is essential for a good Ice Castle, but they have also been blessed with a great land site (mountains and trees in the background), good water quality and a nice big building next door for warming toes. The combination of all these factors has made for, in my opinion, the best Ice Castles to date.
I work in castles made of glacial ice--dripping stalactites of ice forming natural columns and turrets which sparkle in the sun and radiate color in the night. Sometimes I don't even believe it, but yes, it's true--I work in the Ice Castles.