How to Make A Snow Sculpture - Easy Snow Sculpting Ideas
Build A What?
Why not try to make a snow sculpture? Making snow sculptures or snow sculpting as it is also known is great fun and can be really enjoyable. This article will give you a few ideas on how to create the perfect snow sculpture.
With wintertime on our doorsteps the big freeze is hitting home. For many people snow brings misery and stress. However, next time you open your curtains and see a massive dump of snow why not look at things a little differently. I live in the UK and last year we had record snow falls over the New Year. In the space of a few days we had over a foot of snow, this brought the country to a standstill. While off work I decided to do something a little different. I decided to make myself a snow sculpture in my back garden.
Although I don’t really consider myself artistic or creative I managed to do a pretty decent job. I took my time and did a little research on what I should be looking to do and then got on with it. So now I will give you a few tips on how to build your very own snow sculpture.
Where To Start
First of all you need to work out exactly what you want to create as a snow sculpture. You can type snow sculpture into a search engine and hundreds of pictures will come up, this may inspire you. When you have found your design you need to draw it out carefully so you can work out exactly how to go about creating your snow sculpture. Next you need to test the snow. Some types of snow are too dry and will not bond together, the snow needs to be reasonably wet and sticky. The best way to test this is to simply try to make a snowball, if the snow sticks and forms a nice ball you are good to go, however if it falls apart into a fine powder then you may not be able to make a snow sculpture after all.
Next you must create a large pile of snow. You can either roll the snow into large balls and dump it where you are going to create a snow sculpture or you can get a shovel and start digging the snow out. Now you need to compact the snow, do this by hitting it with a shovel or stamping on it, or even use pieces of wood to flatten it out. You need to get your pile of snow into a large enough shape so that you can start to carve it into what your final snow sculpture will look like.
Carve From The Top
When you have your large mass of compact snow it’s time for the fun bit. Get carving! To start with you can shovel bits away, always start at the top of your snow sculpture and work your way down. As you get the basic shape you can then use a knife. I use a large bread knife, it’s not overly sharp and it good for carving. It is also quite long which is handy. Use the knife to chop bits of snow away and form the general outline of your snow sculpture. It’s also a good idea to draw on the snow sculpture exactly which bits you are going to be cutting away, this is easier than having to visualise everything.
As your snow sculpture starts to take shape you can mould it with your hands. Make sure the surface of the snow is nice and smooth and the snow is still tightly compact. Sometimes you may make a mistake or something may fall off your snow sculpture, don’t panic, the great bit about snow is that you can simply add more onto any bits that need it. Make sure the snow is firmly compacted and then just start over.
Finish It Off
To add finer details to your snow sculpture you can use something like a teaspoon. This is also good for digging little bits out. As you work with the snow you will find it becomes more solid which makes it easier to work with. Even if you are cutting out large sections the snow is likely to hold everything in place and not collapse.
When you have finished your snow sculpture you may want to give it a nice finish. To do this you can use a bottle of water and just lightly spray the snow sculpture. Make sure you only do this if the temperature is below freezing! This should give a nice sheen finish to your snow sculpture and also make sure everything is held in place nicely.
More Ideas For Snow Sculptures
As well as this simple design there are lots of other very simple ideas for snow sculptures that you can make use of. I found that doing something with mainly square edges was easier, when you start putting in curves it does become a little but more tricky. Another good thing to try and make with any snow you have is an igloo, this is great fun and there are so many different ways you can go about making this. This main thing to remember though is to keep it simple. The more you practice the better you will get, once you have perfected your technique you can try some more elaborate designs that may be a little but more complicated. But as a starting point it is a good idea to simply go for a simple snow sculpture.
Making a snow sculpture is really good fun and very easy. I really enjoyed making mine and found it really enjoyable. There are lots of ideas online for exactly what to sculpt and by following these simple tips you should have no problems making a great looking little snow sculpture. So instead of sitting their looking out the window at all the snow this winter, get out there and enjoy it, go and build yourself a snow sculpture!