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Ice lantern

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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