I have one of those insane ideas for a birthday present for my other half, but it involves making an 'ice crystal' out of acrylic or glass or
and I have no idea where to start, or where to start looking for help...
I don't want to give too many details just in case my other half sees through my vague descriptions and use of a sock puppet account and works out what I'm planning.
Basically, I want to create something that looks like clear ice, but with a soft blue tone, and a shape that makes me think of a dragon's tooth or (less romantically) an amethyst pendant
. If that's too implausible, something closer to these crystal pillars
I'm up for playing with chemicals, glass, sharp objects and various things that could kill me or make me question my sanity, but the end product has to be safe for a house with cats / kids and not involve super expensive toys like a blast furnace or uranium enrichment facility.
Brainstorming, I've considered the following, but I've no idea how sane any of them are...
* growing a some kind of crystal, like we did at school, but magically clear
* gluing fragments of glass together and filling the hollow with acrylic
* making a mould and pouring acrylic
* making the bugger from ice and insisting we move to Alaska and turn the heating off.
Any/all hints of suggestions appreciated.