Saturday, 3 November 2012

How The Build The Perfect Snowman & Giveaway


Academy Award nominee The Snowman has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation of families across the globe. Now, this timeless classic is available for the first time ever in high definition as The Snowman: 30th Anniversary Edition is released on Blu-Ray and DVD from November 5th  2012




 Here is a linky to The Snowman DVD Review I did.

To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with master snow sculptor Duncan Hamilton from Hamilton ice sculptures to help you create your very own snowman! 

Duncan says:

The traditional way to build a snowman is to pack snow together by hand, roll it to form balls and pat snow on to the surface to make the shape.

This is quite limiting in terms of design and is not how the pros do it! To make a really strong snowman with lots of extra detail, why not try the following tips. But make sure you get a grown up to help you!

·         Get four equal sized sheets of wood. Arrange them to make a box with an open top and run a strong rope around them to keep them steady.
·         Now shovel fresh snow into the box.
·         Stamp or push it down carefully to compact it and carry on until you have filled the whole box.
·         Leave it to stand for at least a couple of hours.
·         Now remove the rope and the sheets of wood to reveal a perfectly compacted block of snow.
·         You are now ready to carve your snow. Use any tools you have to hand – knives, saws, even spoons. You should find the snow quite easy to sculpt.
·         Think carefully about your design and make sure that it is heavy at the base to prevent it collapsing or falling over.
·         Be ambitious and have a good time!

Another idea…

In cold weather leave a tray with 1cm of water in it outside overnight to freeze. In the morning break the frozen sheets of ice up into bits and drill a small hole in each one, run string through the hole, then hang them from a tree to make a hanging ice installation.

Some facts:

·         Compacted snow has approx ½ the density of water, so a 1m cube will weigh about 500kg.
·         Snow melts more slowly than ice
·         You can easily colour snow with food colouring and add it in layers to get different effects
·         Michelangelo is reported to have sculpted Hercules in snow in Florence one winter for the Medicis

Advice from Duncan Hamilton of Hamilton Ice Sculptors www.icesculpture.co.uk




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142 comments:

  1. If I could have anything made out of ice it would be a frog. Don't ask me why I just have a weird fascination with them :/ but I do LOVE the snowman. Favourite Christmas film.. EVER!!

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  2. love the snowman reminds me of Christmas when i was little, def gonna be trying to make the perfect snowman this year

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  3. I would make an ice igloo - always try each year to make one out of snow but it never seems work!?

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  4. wow that's a hard question, never thought about that before, I have seen some fab ice sculptures on TV, never in real life, I think I would love to see my children sculpted out of ice, yes that would be cool,
    Thank you for another fab give away
    xxxxx

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  5. I would make a santa ice sculpture, the kids would love it!

    Would love to win this my son is snowman mad x

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  6. If I could have anything made from ice it would be a Niall Horan sculpture for my 12 yr old Daughter - She is One D obsessed! @mamamakes

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  7. I think an ice slide would be fun X

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  8. a family of meerkats sculpted out of ice would be very nice x

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  9. An ice house it would look so pretty.

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  10. I would make an ig - an igloo without a loo!

    Laura Harris

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  11. i'd love an ice penguin in my back garden for the winter, would make my 3 year old a very happy boy lol

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  12. I would have a sculpture of David Beckham!

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  13. Tink Rhonda Lee Mse3 November 2012 at 15:26

    An ice sculpture of my pets.

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  14. just asked my little one she said a castle :)

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  15. I would like an ice sculpture of an elephant !

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  16. Because xmas is coming up - I'd love to see icy rudolph and icy reindeers with an icy sleigh

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  17. wine glass to keep my wine lovely and cold!

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  18. An igloo! I tried to make one as a child but didn't get very far!

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  19. A Christmas Tree

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  20. An ice playhouse would be cool.

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  21. got to be an ice hotel

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  22. I would have an ice castle i think

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  23. My credit card bill .... it would evaporate before my very eyes
    twitter: @tweetwithhelen

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  24. I would like an ice dragon
    jillwebb@blueyonder.co.uk

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  25. An outdoors candle holder to create a soft, Christmassy light

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  26. I would like a gazebo made of ice for our annual Christmas party :) x

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  27. I think id like a huge sonic the hedgehog in the garden, one made where you could pour drinks through him to make them cold. The children are huge sonic fans, with even our family pet being burdened with the name. Then if it snowed, we would have a decent looking sonic snowman! haha

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  28. A castle made of ice!!! Ahhhhhh that would be lovely!!!! :-)

    @SaladScoffer

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  29. A pinapple, I dont now why it just might be fun!!

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  30. an ice sculpture of our pets three cats

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  31. Hmmm a cocktail glass... always best on ice!!

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  32. i would love to have an ice castle my son is facinted with castles specailly one you can jump on lovely give away thank you x

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  33. I'd like an ice sculpture but don't mind what of. It would just be fun.

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  34. I would love and ice sculpture of Hello Kitty because I'm obsessed with anything and everything Hello Kitty even though I'm in my 40s

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  35. Seems a popular choice - but I'd go with castle too, I've seen an ice castle sculpture before and they're really pretty x

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  36. My border collie - Jet. He loves ice. Could probably destroy it at the end too!

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  37. The Magic Kingdom from Disneyland

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  38. i would love a sculpture made of mickey mouse as two of my sons love him

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  39. i want an ice cake with a christmas scene iced into it cool

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  40. Would love a giant Peppa Pig ice sculpture just to see the look on my daughter's face!

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  41. An ice pooh bear or mickey mouse for my disney mad daughter

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  42. I would love an Ice Sculpture of a Penguin as it it my daughters favourite cuddly toy

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  43. I would have a big ice slide for my boys to use their sledhges on :)

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  44. Ooooh a puppet theatre! That would be really cool made out of ice :)

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  45. ice wigwam :)

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  46. I would like a whale made out of ice, a mummy with her calf :)

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  47. Veronica Pennycook7 November 2012 at 15:13

    My 4 year old would like a John Deere tractor - can we have green ice please?

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  48. An igloo would be cool (excuse the pun!)

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  49. A porche, that would be amazing!

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  50. A set of disney princesses

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  51. I would make a lighthouse.

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  52. A VW campervan! - I sooo miss my one that died!!

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  53. Just Cubes - for my evening tipple :0)

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  54. Always thought The Snowman was wonderful - including the song Walking In The Air. Some of the grandkids have never seen it, while the youngest pair would love a beanie!

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  55. I always loved The Snowman, the song too (Walking In The Air). Few of the grandchildren have seen it while the youngest two would love a beanie!

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  56. A huge flower - it would be the only one that survived in our garden!

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  57. ice lolly. i dun think im that creative.

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  58. I guess it might still be some time before we get any snow here in London, but love to try some sculpting - probably the Eiffel Tower ;-) Thanks for your comment on my blog, I really appreciate it. Have a great week xo

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  59. Minnie Mouse for my Granddaughter - she's just been to Disney and loved Minnie x

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  60. An ice pig
    jen louise jackson

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  61. An ice sculpture of my beloved dog!

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  62. An igloo for the girls to sleep in - that would be such a fun sleepover :)

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  63. I'd have a massive Statue of Liberty out in front of my house!

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  64. A Harley Davidson for the old man!

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  65. Tom Selleck mmmm Tom made of ice .... good enough to lick ...

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  66. An ice castle would be 'cool'

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  67. Would have to be a huge icy Santa....My girls would love it!

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  68. I would have a castle including fairy lights with knights and horses for the children to play with

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  69. an ice bed

    greig spencer

    greigspencer@live.co.uk

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  70. ice disney prncess for my daughter

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  71. This brings back memories of when i was little it used to be my favourite

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  72. That snowman is very cute! He could keep our festive reindeer cuddly toy company ... he's getting a bit lonely :-)

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  73. LOVED this film since i was little

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  74. Princess for my daughters Entered

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  75. Wow those ice sculptures are awesome. Sorry i went mooching round the ice sculpture page :D

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  76. Snowman = Christmas :) makes me happy!

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  77. a castle made of ice would look fab and im sure my daughters would agree :) super giveaway x

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  78. I would make an Aston Martin out of ice, then it would be a cool car

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  79. an ice santa would be fab as a center piece for our christmas dinner table the kids would love it :o)

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  80. An ice unicorn would be cool! :) (s'cuse the pun!)

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  81. A castle, with a drawbridge :D

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  82. I'd love an ice christmas tree! :)

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  83. Id have an igloo so the kids could play for a bit (and me lol)

    @TwoLittlePaines

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  84. a santa, sleigh and reindeer

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  85. Was going to say a swan and then saw the comment about pets and that would be so much fun.

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  86. If I could have anything made out of ice it would be a huge ice castle in the garden. I can imagine how much fun me and the girls would have playing in that!

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  87. A snow family of us all along with the dog and christmas tree!

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  88. A snow family replica of us all along wih the dog and christmas tree!

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  89. I would like a wendy house made out of ice for the kids :) like a igloo but "cool" lol

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  90. A snow lion and a snow monkey as my daughters would love them.

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  91. I would make an Ice Zombie!!! My lads love all things horror and Zombie-fied, so this would make me one cool mummy! ;-)

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