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Jan. 1st, 2011 @ 02:27 pm Ice lantern
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One of the presents that I got for Sinterklaas was a star-shaped mold for an 'ice lantern'. It's a double-walled container that you fill up with water. Let that freeze (either in your freezer or outside if it's cold enough) and take the hunk of ice out of the mold. Now you have a 'lantern' with space for a tealight candle. The ice slowly melts, the light shines through the ice. You can see the mold itself in this KlikTikFix photo.

We've been having quite mild weather, so yesterday was the only day that I could produce a reasonably-sized ice lantern. I put it on the edge of the pond and lit it when it got darker. The fleetingness of it appeals to me -- and it looks pretty nice too!

At the start. The structure of the ice adds to the appeal of the latern, I think.

Later on. You can see the top of the latern has already melted away.

I can't wait for it to start freezing again. If it gets consistently freezing again, I might do some experiments with different layers with watercolors in 'em, just to see how that would work out.
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From:greybeta
Date:January 1st, 2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
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That's pretty darn cool!
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From:fub
Date:January 1st, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Somewhere in Denmark... Does that help? :)
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From:fub
Date:January 1st, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
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Oh, klik found 'em in a Dutch webshop: here.
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From:anemoona
Date:January 1st, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
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It is! Imagine the garden with 10 or 20 of these lights!
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From:gertvr
Date:January 1st, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Het zag er gisteravond erg mooi uit: een heel leuk en origineel cadeau.
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From:nnk0711
Date:January 1st, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
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wauw, wat een ontzettend mooi effect zeg!
Je weet zeker niet waar Sinterklaas het gekocht had?! =)
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From:fub
Date:January 1st, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Ergens in Denemarken... Ik kan het wel navragen, maar of dat dan helpt?
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From:nnk0711
Date:January 1st, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
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zo zo, van Spanje via Denemarken naar Nederland, dan was je erg lief geweest dit jaar waarschijnlijk ^-^

Maar nee, daar schiet ik niet veel mee op inderdaad... ;)
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From:fub
Date:January 1st, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
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klik vond 'em in een Nederlandse webshop, hier!
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From:sbslink
Date:January 5th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Wow that looks great ^^
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