— When droplets of melted snow drip down an icicle, they release small amounts of heat as they freeze. Heated air travels upwards and helps slow down the growth of the icicle's top, while the tip is growing rapidly. Knowledge of the mathematical equations that govern icicle growth -- the same that apply to stalactites -- could help in the prevention of icicle formation on power lines.
Christmas-Icicles can be dangerous and deadly, yet they can create some of the most amazing winter scenes.
These Christmas-Icicles to make can be used indoor or outdoors and decorations and are easy to make.
A couple of years ago I saw some large hanging Christmas-icicles in Wal Mart for outdoor Christmas Decorations. I loved the Christmas-icicle but the price on each was too much for me to handle, especially since I thought a large grouping was the only way to show these. So I set out to make my own.
Glue gun and Hot glue
Ring, I use 1, 1 1/2 and 2 inch PVC pipe cut in 1/2 wide slices
very thin fabric like lace or netting.
wire for hanger.
Cut a long triangle the length you want your icicle with a top width to go around your ring. Sew or glue one side of the triangle to form a closed triangular tube.
Insert ring in the outside of the tube and bring cloth around top then slip stitch in place.
With about a 3 inch piece of wire; loop around opposite sides to form a loop to hang with.
Use a drapery clip or some other type of clip to weight the bottom while you are adding drip of glue.
Starting at the top glue the lapped fabric in place and then bring strips of glue from the top all the way down to the bottom all the way around. This form the first base. Let cool.
With the first layer has cooled, take the "weight" off the bottom and add more glue. Continue to add and cool until you have a thick enough layer that the icicle does not bend, this will take 4 to 5 layers.