Why carve a swan?  Well, to carve a swan you need to know many basic techniques.  I consider the following to be the 7 Steps of every ice sculpture-

7 Steps of Sculpting

  1. Design– Apply the design
  2. Silhouette– Cut out the silhouette
  3. Blocking in– Push back the levels
  4. Rounding– Cut off the corners
  5. Sanding– Smooth the ice
  6. Details– Add refractive angles
  7. Clean– Remove small scratches & chips of ice

The following photos show how we carve using the 7 Steps