PHOTOS: 8 Tiny Ice Sculptures to Chill Your Cocktail

04/21/2014 at 06:24 PM ET

Think the massive orbs of ice in your craft cocktail are cool? You haven’t seen anything yet.

Japanese whiskey company Suntory has created a series of ice cubes cut into almost-scarily intricate shapes, from a guitar with ice strings to an ice horse with a realistic mane. (Really, we can’t stop staring at them.)

The ice is created with a CNC router, a cutting machine controlled by computer. Engineers must program the code that makes the precise cuts and contours for each cube.

No word on when these cubes will be in the U.S., but cross your fingers it’s soon. For now, admire these beauties below.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Anonymous on

There is a HUGE difference between “3D Printing” and “CNC Milling”.

Chris Waters on

Author… There is a HUGE difference between “3D Printing” and “CNC Milling”, they are not synonymous.

vickynicole on

What’s the point of this?

Anonymous on

3D printing is additive. CNC is subtractive. I agree with the comments below – 3D printing and CNC cutting are NOT the same thing. Check your facts.

I did enjoy seeing the ice cubes though.

Kim on

Hey – 3D printing guy. Calm down. It’s a story on People. No one rolls up to this site for rocket science.

Awe on

This is AMAZING!! I am in awe of the precision and shapes – can’t wait till they come to the US! Though they’re probably rather expensive to buy and to ship..

Tiffany on

You do realize that it is ICE,
and will melt in like 5 min.

Henry on

Super animacja.
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Stron on

Wow! Great to find a post with such a clear mesgesa!

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