How to Make Fake Ice: 15 Steps
Step 1: Gather the materials
To make fake ice, you’ll need clear craft beads, a baking sheet, parchment paper, oven mitts, and an oven. Make sure the beads are transparent and made of non-toxic, heat-resistant materials.
Step 2: Preheat the oven
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). This temperature will ensure that the beads melt properly and create a clear ice-like appearance.
Step 3: Prepare the baking sheet
Cover your baking sheet with a layer of parchment paper. The parchment paper will keep the melted beads from sticking to the pan and make it easier to remove them later.
Step 4: Arrange the beads
Arrange your clear craft beads on the parchment paper in a single layer. Make sure they’re spaced evenly apart to create uniform shapes.
Step 5: Melt the beads
Place the baking sheet with the beads in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t burn or over-melt.
Step 6: Remove from heat
After 20 minutes have passed, carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven using oven mitts.
Step 7: Cool down and solidify
Allow the melted beads to cool completely at room temperature. This process will take about 30 minutes. As they cool down, they’ll harden into fake ice cubes.
Step 8: Remove fake ice cubes
Once completely cooled, use your fingers or a butter knife to gently pry and lift the fake ice from the parchment paper.
Step 9: Clean any residue
If any beads didn’t melt fully or there’s residue on your fake ice cubes, use a clean cloth or sponge to wipe them off.
Step 10: Shape irregular pieces (optional)
For more realistic fake ice chunks, break some of your fake ice cubes into smaller, irregular pieces.
Step 11: Create frosted fake ice (optional)
If you want to create the look of frosted ice, mist your fake ice cubes with a spray bottle filled with water and sprinkle them with clear glitter before they’re completely dry.
Step 12: Assemble and display
Arrange your fake ice in a container or on a surface to create the desired effect, whether it’s in a cooler for a party, a drink display, or an art project.
Step 13: Storage
Store unused fake ice in an airtight container or plastic bag to prevent dust and dirt from sticking to the surface.
Step 14: Clean as needed
To clean your fake ice, simply wash with warm soapy water and air dry.
Step 15: Reuse and repurpose
Your fake ice cubes can be used multiple times for various projects or events. Get creative and find new uses for your fake ice!
And there you have it! In 15 simple steps, you’ve successfully created realistic-looking fake ice. Enjoy using your new creation for whatever purpose suits your needs.