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making ice/snow blocks for an igloo

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Did some research and it looks like the best way to go is Coro in rectangular box shapes with flat white paint and some silver glitter.

My only concern is if I light it from inside that the ribs show through.

Anyone ever do this or have a better suggestion? I'm still relatively new at making my own decorations...

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I use coroboard for my snowflakes, stars on the mega trees, and merry Christmas sign. Up close you can see some of the ribs but from the road all you see are the lights. Here's a pic of my display. And a close up of the snowflakes.

 

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The silver glitter will make it look gray.  Opt for a clear acrylic spray sealer, like mod podge suited for outdoor use, clear spray paint, and a lot of clear and iridescent glitter mix.  Spray the board with the sealer, shake the glitter on top and coat, I mean really, really coat with the sealer. To the point that it looks very wet.  Add more glitter white wet and coat it again.  Let it dry and you'll be good to go!  

Don't do it outside on a windy day, if you do, it's good bye glitter!  

I'll post a pic of my gumdrops that I did this to 2 yrs ago as soon as it stops raining.  I haven't had to add additional glitter yet.  They've survived rain, sleet, snow, and ice.  I hose the dirt off of them too.

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On 12/25/2015 at 10:35 PM, bigj3fan4life said:

I saw this on Facebook.

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That's cool--are those milk jugs?

On 12/17/2015 at 7:48 AM, Yuletron said:

Did some research and it looks like the best way to go is Coro in rectangular box shapes with flat white paint and some silver glitter.

My only concern is if I light it from inside that the ribs show through.

Anyone ever do this or have a better suggestion? I'm still relatively new at making my own decorations...

I don't think the ribs would detract from it.  Real snow has natural variations in it.  I saw a DIY igloo last season that someone in a nearby neighborhood built.  I didn't examine it closely but it appeared to me that it was made by using pieces of Styrofoam.  Imagine squares/rectangles made from a Styrofoam sheet that are stacked.  They were only about an inch tall but it looked good.

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My ice palace is coro over a welded steel armature, internally lit at various times with cheap LED landscaping floods. Like BeBop said, "looks good from the street" is a different standard than "looks good from 5 ft away". The video in the link was shot from a distance of about 25 ft. FYI, I'm using coro in the "natural" color which is translucent and looks similar to clear milk jug plastic. For me, it was exactly what I needed. Snow proof, road salt resistant, washable, and ice palace-ish.

 

Grr....

 

 

 

 

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