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Hi, I’m Joe. Thank you! For three years we’ve been designing the fastest & easiest clear ice maker. With Ice.Made.Clear. your drinks will taste better, melt slower, and look stunning!

We love crystal clear ice, but it's been a hassle to make at home. We wanted something faster, easier, compact, lid-free, expandable, and made in the USA. Something clearly better.

Giant 2" Cube. Nearly Invisible.
Giant 2" Cube. Nearly Invisible.

"Ice done right." - Technical.ly

"Holy Grail of ice cubes." – Alan P., Supporter.

Ordinary freezer ice is cloudy. Our design makes beautifull crystal clear ice from regular tap water, and it's easy. If you know how to make ice, you already know how to use ICE.MADE.CLEAR. It transforms all of your drinks, and we think you will love it.

Why ICE.MADE.CLEAR. ?

–Drinks Taste Better

Clear ice has less dissolved yucky freezer air. So, clear ice is clean-tasting, allowing the subtleties of high quality spirits to emerge.

–Drinks Are Cool, Not Watery

Clear ice melts slower. The absence of air pockets on the outside creates a smooth exterior with less surface area to encourage melting. Drinks stay cool longer and don't get watery.

–Drinks Look Stunning

You - and your friends - will be astonished by the glass-like clarity. Ice from ICE.MADE.CLEAR. is nearly invisible in drinks.

What is Included?

The ICE.MADE.CLEAR set comes complete with the freezing base and two interchangeable trays for making 2” enormous cubes and 1.25” jumbo cubes (for tall glasses). All backers will also receive a handsome gift announcement for holiday giving.

What Can You Make?

Huge 2" Crystal-Clear Cubes. Perfect for Premium Liquor.
Huge 2" Crystal-Clear Cubes. Perfect for Premium Liquor.

 

Collins-Sized Cubes for Tall Drinks
Collins-Sized Cubes for Tall Drinks

 

Beautiful Specialty Cubes For Entertaining
Beautiful Specialty Cubes For Entertaining

Key Features

Featured Mentions

Stretch Goals

Thank You! We've met our minimum funding goal! But, as we welcome more backers we can bring down production costs and add more value for all backers. We are announcing three stretch goals with extra rewards for all backers at each milestone.

$75,000 - UNLOCKED! -Cocktail Cards - If we reach this level, every backer will receive a set of sturdy cocktail cards with delicious recipes designed specifically to show off their clear ice!

$85,000 - Coordinating Colors - If we reach this level, every backer will get to choose the color of their Ice.Made.Clear. base from an offered selection. 

$100,000 - Mystery Mold - If we get to this level, every backer will get a third mold tray to make a new mystery ice shape (this is in addition to getting to vote on our next mold shape).

The History

I was at a bar and It was slow, so I watched the bartender work. His liquors, bitters, fruits and herbs were good. His mixology was top-notch. But his drinks? They looked and tasted amazing. It was the ice, and shortly thereafter, I had a moment of ‘Clarity.’

The next week I sat down with an ice formation physicist – true story. What I learned started an obsession.

Our Key Innovation

Our patent-pending pressure equalization system allows I.M.C.™ to make big ice in a small device. It's fast freezing and easy. It is deceptively simple, and that's the point.

We tried common beliefs, DIY solutions, and exotic electronic concepts. We prototyped for three years on the way to an elegant solution.

All Kickstarter Backers Receive Two Molds 

Easy – Requires No Instructions

Compact – 5.75" – Two Fit Side-by-Side

Needs no lid – Freeze Fast, Monitor Progress, Remove Easily

Backer Reward Levels

Hear from a supporter

"Being a Domestic Mixologist, I’ve tried ways to improve my drinks, from making my own bitters to infusing simple syrups...But you make a beautiful drink and put it in a glass and then have to put a cloudy ice cube in there...by adding an ultra clear cube, it shows that you care about your cocktail and give it the feel of wow." - Phillip P., Supporter

The Science - For Nerds Only

First we looked at how the big commercial units work, with electronics and ultrasonics – not practical at home. Then we looked to nature's directional freezing process – frozen lakes have clear surface ice. This process is elegant but hard to replicate in a device for the home that isn't bulky and slow.

We applied a Design Thinking methodology to make directional freezing more human-friendly. We prototyped for years on the way to a solution.

Our lid-free, two-piece, compact unit is made possible by a controlled temperature gradient and by our big innovation – a patent-pending pressure equalization system designed to deal with the 8% expansion water undergoes as it becomes ice. It is a deceptively simple idea that just works.

Once we had our concept working with hand-built prototypes, we moved into 3D printing and molding silicone. We spent about six months creating and refining functional prototypes until we had the confidence to offer a polished product.

Elegant and Practical

Sleek curves and angles unite function with presentation

More Shapes!

We will offer regular mold updates to fit your kit and keep you on the cutting edge of ice!

Spheres, Shards, and 3D-Diamonds are up next.

Every Kickstarter backer will have the opportunity to cast their vote. What shape would you like to see next?

Timeline

Fall 2014 - Spr. 2017
Technology Research, R&D, Prototyping, Evaluation

Jun. 2017
Production prototype completed and tested

Jul. 2017
U.S. Manufacturer visits and quoting process

Dec. 2017 - Jan. 2018
Tooling machined

Feb. 2018 - May 2018
Production of Kickstarter rewards

Jun. 2018 - Jul. 2018
Delivery of Kickstarter rewards

Aug. 2018
Retail sales begin (at higher retail prices)

The Team

Joseph Myers is a professional filmmaker, entrepreneur, and product designer. He is a partner in storyshop films and has directed many large-scale nationally broadcast documentaries. He is a founding partner of Nittany Mountain Distillery. As a product designer, Myers is the principal of movingimage llc. He works with a team, including two internationally recognized artists and designers, an engineer, and a business manager.

Stephanie Ayanian has long experience successfully shepherding $500k-$1m projects from inception, through development & fundraising, production, and distribution. Ayanian is a business management consultant, an educator, a film and television producer, and partner at storyshop films.

Tim Berg and Rebekah Myers are artists, designers and educators. As a studio art collaborative they have participated in multiple solo and group exhibitions in the US, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea, Qatar and Kuwait. Their work is included in numerous private and public collections including The Betty Woodman Collection at the University of Colorado and the Biedermann Museum in Germany. Berg is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at Pitzer College.

Special thanks to Dakoit Pictures for partnering with us on the creation of the Kickstarter film.

 

 

Risks and challenges

Every project has risks. We know this well. As a team of professional filmmakers and artists we have taken on million-dollar, multi-year projects and seen them through to completion. Some of our team were involved in a successful 2015 Kickstarter to raise seed funding for a documentary film. That film raised over $50,000 on Kickstarter and went on to raise over $500,000. The film is finished shooting, having shot in 10 cities. The editing is happening now, and it will see a television release in the spring followed by the delivery of DVD and Blu-Ray rewards to our backers.

To see projects through, we have had to get good at dealing with the unexpected. Our experience is that good pre-planning equips us to deal best with challenges. In manufacturing this is no different. So we are ready.

Our technology is battle tested. We have a functional prototype - not a display model. We have our primary manufacturer lined up – in the USA. This will also allow us to track the manufacturing and quality-control processes.

We dedicate ourselves to seeing this product delivered. If any problems arise along the way, we assure you that communicating with you, as we take on these issues, will be our first priority.

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    The Full Set (Ultra Early Bird)

    ICE.MADE.CLEAR.™ base and two mold trays. $50 off retail for ultra early backers.

    Includes a handsome printable gift announcement card. Give clear ice this holiday season, and let them know they'll receive their set in time for summer enjoyment.

    Includes:
    • Enormous Cubes Mold – Six 2” Cubes
    • Fast-Freeze Collins Cubes Mold – Twelve 1.25” Cubes
    • ICE.MADE.CLEAR.™ Base
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    ICE.MADE.CLEAR.™ base and two mold trays. $40 off retail for early backers.

    Includes a handsome printable gift announcement card. Give clear ice this holiday season, and let them know they'll receive their set in time for summer enjoyment.

    Includes:
    • Enormous Cubes Mold – Six 2” Cubes
    • Fast-Freeze Collins Cubes Mold – Twelve 1.25” Cubes
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    ICE.MADE.CLEAR.™ base and two mold trays. $33 off retail to reward more early backers!

    Includes a handsome printable gift announcement card. Give clear ice this holiday season, and let them know they'll receive their set in time for summer enjoyment.

    Includes:
    • Enormous Cubes Mold – Six 2” Cubes
    • Fast-Freeze Collins Cubes Mold – Twelve 1.25” Cubes
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    ICE.MADE.CLEAR.™ base and two mold trays. $30 off retail for Kickstarter backers.

    Includes a handsome printable gift announcement card. Give clear ice this holiday season, and let them know they'll receive their set in time for summer enjoyment.

    Includes:
    • Enormous Cubes Mold – Six 2” Cubes
    • Fast-Freeze Collins Cubes Mold – Twelve 1.25” Cubes
    • ICE.MADE.CLEAR.™ Base
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    Get One & Gift One

    A set for you, and one to give as a gift. Plus, some extras to make it special. $80+ off retail. Best deal.

    Includes a handsome printable gift announcement card. Give clear ice this holiday season, and let them know they'll receive their set in time for summer enjoyment.

    Includes:
    • Enormous Cubes Mold – Six 2” Cubes
    • Fast-Freeze Collins Cubes Mold – Twelve 1.25” Cubes
    • ICE.MADE.CLEAR.™ Base
    • Set of clear-ice cocktail recipe cards
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    The Quad – Party & Restaurant

    Make 24 - 2" cubes or 48 - collins cubes at once. Four of everything, and it's a deal. $180+ off retail.

    Includes:
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Funding period

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