|What is an inverted Ice Stamp?|
An Ice Stamp is much like a Wax Seal Stamp, except for the fact that the art is engraved in Reverse so that the Engraving is debossed into the ice rather than embossed and raised as in wax. Since Ice is a hard surface, the impression must be debossed into the ice, which is the opposite of a wax seal stamp, where the wax rises into the engraving on the stamp and creates a raised impression.
In the artwork example below, the left example is the artwork for an Ice Stamp-on the right is the wax seal stamp. Black areas are what is engraved.
In addition, such a stamp needs to be engraved at twice the normal depth, in order to make a clear impression.
Why is an Ice Stamp more expensive?
Because of the extra depth required and the fact that in most cases much more of the stamp is cut away than in a traditional wax seal stamp, the engraving time on the machine is more than double or triple the normal time and therefore more costly.
How do I make the impression in Ice?
Start with some clean crystal clear even sided ice cubes for best results, and very simply press the stamp hard onto the ice and it will leave an impression! If you are making lots of impressions in a row, it is recommended that you heat up the stamp a bit over a flame in between, as the brass will cool along the way, but not too much- it should not get hot or even too warm-just a little goes a long way.
We also want to emphasize that the clearer the Ice is, the better the outcome.Low Quality cloudy Ice Cubes that are not clear will not show the
impression as well as a clean crisp Ice Cube. A Square thick 2" cube, even on all
sides, made of clear ice will have the best result. Commercially available clear ice cubes are recommended, or you can find many tips on the internet on how to create your own crystal clear Ice Cubes.
Is the Stamp Food Safe?
At the end of the Day, an impression in an ice cube will
only last as long as the ice does not melt., but it's the smallest of details
that make the biggest of differences in a presentation.
What size should I choose?
Our Die Sizes in 1 1/8" and 1 3/8" customarily are used for household size Ice Cubes. For larger 2" Ice Cubes you can use the 1.57" size, but ultimately it is your choice as to how large you want the impression to be. All round templates can also be engraved on large 1.75" and 2" dies-please inquire.
We use 100% Lead Free Solid Brass Dies for our stamps. While the Brass is not rated Food Safe, as a Safety Measure, we do apply a double Food Safe Clear Coat to all areas of the Brass Die that is exposed to Ice or Food.