In a great video, Sother Teague crafts a clear, spherical block of ice. He begins by talking about the Clinebelle ice maker, and then, through the magic of editing, comes out of the walk in freezer with a small cooler of molds frozen into the clear ice block.
The molds are chipped out, and then put through a metal press, which conductively melts the ice and forming it into a sphere shape. Particularly interesting was seeing the interior of the Clinebelle, which acts as a cooler surrounding a freezer to produce clear ice. Gizmodo explains:
When ice freezes quickly, air bubbles get trapped within the ice crystals. When ice freezes slowly, the bubbles don't get inside. The best example of this is an icicle. Icicles freeze extremely slowly, and they come out clear as glass. Another example is a lake. Large and slow to freeze, a body of water solidifies as extremely clear ice, aside from a little frost on the top. That's what the cooler does—it creates the lake effect. The insulated walls and the large body of water slows down the whole freezing process. If you do it right, you get ice that is clear as glass.
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(Props also to The Passenger in DC, whose shirt Sother wore in this video.)
[Continue reading at: Gizmodo]