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FirstBuild's Forge makes stunning clear ice spheres

Want to make amazing spheres of clear ice at home -- and without much effort? Cough up lots of cash for the FirstBuild Clear Ice System.

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The Forge makes blocks first

The FirstBuild Forge makes big, clear blocks of ice like this one. FirstBuild claims it takes just 4 hours to create two of them. The plan is for the Forge to store up to six ice blocks at once.

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Artisan ice tools

The Forge will come with a set of pointed steel tongs, and a tool for stamping ice with custom logos and graphics.

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Place blocks inside the press

Place an ice block between the jaws of the press. It will mold a large clear ice sphere in about 2 minutes. The press is electrically heated, so there's no need to add hot water each time as other ice presses require. 

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Pull out your clear sphere

Use the steel tongs to remove the ice from the press.

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A glorious clear ice sphere

Behold! A solid orb of clear ice!

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Wires in the back

Wires ran from the back of the prototype Forge Sphere press I saw in person, no doubt to power its electric heating system.

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Make your mark

Your dreams have come true. You now have a way to customize spheres of ice with your personal logo.

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Pour it with class

Now that's a classy pour of bourbon. You've earned it, but please imbibe responsibly. 

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