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Artist designs ‘heatwave’ jewelry made out of ice

"I usually make jewelry with polymer clay, but it needs to be oven baked and I really didn’t want to turn the oven on in this heat."

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An artist created a necklace and earrings made of ice as a way of keeping cool. (Christina Ashman via SWNS)

By Charlotte Penketh-King via SWNS

An artist made ultimate heatwave jewelry - from ice cubes. But they don't last long.

Christina Ashman, 33, who runs an alternative fashion and jewelry brand, decided to get creative with her ice cube trays as temperatures soared.

Placing the metal pieces she uses to create jewelry for her business into water in an ice cube tray, then Christina popped them in the freezer on Saturday, June 16.

Taking them out the following day, Christina was thrilled to see her experiment had worked and carefully put on her freezing cold accessories before venturing into the garden that afternoon.

But, just 15 minutes later, her icy jewelry had already melted and dropped off in the 91°F sunshine.

Still, Christina says she was kept delightfully cool from the melting water - even if for only a brief moment of release from the heat.

The artist, who lives in Brislington, England, said: "I usually make jewelry with polymer clay, but it needs to be oven baked and I really didn’t want to turn the oven on in this heat.

"I thought I’d do the opposite and make jewelry in the freezer instead!

"I don’t really like being too hot, so I thought some real ice cubes might keep me cool for a while.

"I left the ice cubes to set in the freezer overnight with the jump rings suspended in the water."

An artist created a necklace and earrings made of ice as a way of keeping cool. (Christina Ashman via SWNS)

"I added the chain and earring hooks the next day when they’d set so it didn’t burn my skin.

"It worked for about 10-15 minutes before they melted and fell off!

"I’m really pleased with how they turned out. I wasn’t sure if it would set properly as silver has a high thermal conductivity and melts ice really quickly, but they lasted longer than I thought!"

Although Christina's ice cube jewelry set now just a puddle, she has other wonderfully unique pieces that won't melt, available to buy from her business, Interrobang Art.

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