A few days ago in the studio I witnessed an ice bucket challenge with a difference. And it was quite a spectacle!
Instead of throwing a bucket of ice over a person shrieking with cold, molten silver was poured from a crucible into a bucket filled with ice and water. This was immediately followed by a loud whoosh and a big plume of steam shooting into the air for good effect.
Rather than leaving a sodden person running for the nearest hot shower, this technique resulted in some very intricate silver formations that it would have been near-impossible to create by hand. Or at least it would have taken eons.
I love the serendipity of this method, but it sure isn't one for control freaks! Unlike pouring melted silver into a particular mold, this kind of 'pour' will generate a different shape every time.
It was also fun to see that as the ice in the bucket became more slushy (effectively as the temperature rose) the shapes changed to become more elongated and a little blunter at the edges.
Some of the shapes from this exercise would make great - if unusual - pendants or even quirky 'conversation pieces' for the mantelpiece. Have a look below! (Apologies for the poor quality footage - in the heat of the moment I went a bit crazy with the zoom...)