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Old Jan 6, 2008, 12:44 AM   #11
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Bynx,

The cloudy formation sin the middle of the ice are due to frozen gas bubbles. usually air.

A number of ways have been suggested for the hobbyist to get rid of these.
  1. boiling the water before freezing, [/*]
  2. freeze slowly [/*]
  3. use distilled water [/*]
  4. freeze in layers rather than all at once, not easy to do with home equipment.[/*]
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Old Jan 6, 2008, 2:49 AM   #12
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Thanks Selvin. I will give the boiling a try and see if I get glass Ice.
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Old Jan 6, 2008, 11:41 AM   #13
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Bynx, Fantastic idea, very beautiful photo
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Old Jan 6, 2008, 11:46 AM   #14
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Thanks flutelady. Glad you like it.
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Old Jan 6, 2008, 12:54 PM   #15
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Just a side note, if you add food coloring to the water and try to freeze it, I think the coloring will separate out from the water and the ice will be clear.

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I've been wondering about just that, Cal. I may try it, anyway, just to see

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Old Jan 8, 2008, 10:18 PM   #16
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Here is another shot from the same time. Just different lighting.
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Old Jan 8, 2008, 11:47 PM   #17
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Yes, creative indeed! I believe Selvin is right about using distilled or filtered water.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"As far as I know, hotels always have clear ice and it's due to using distilled water.

Good luck with that and be sure to post your success!!

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Old Jan 9, 2008, 5:19 PM   #18
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I am not sure filtering would do it. Most filters remove solids and harmful chemicals but not disolved gases. Distilled water would probably be the best but if the bottle has been shaken or poured too rapicly, there will be atmospheric gases trapped in it. My guess is to use distilled water, heat it to near boiling, and then very gently pour it into the container for freezing. If you are using metal ice trays, try pouring the hot water into the tray and letting it sit for a few minutes before placing in the freezer.

This is all theory on my part but the theory is based on my knowledge of the properties of water and dissolved gases learned way back when I attended the US Navy's Nuclear Power school. Yup, I drove nuclear reactors in the Navy--surface ships only, no subs!

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These are cool, Bynx. I haven't had the energy to be creative with this. You did good.
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Old Jan 15, 2008, 3:46 PM   #20
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Very nice colors and outcome.
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