When it comes to silicone molds, the possibilities for fun are boundless. Whether you’re using an existing Death Star mold to create a concrete vase or are creating an entirely new mold for a space shooter prototype, silicone molds have always been one of the most fun—and educational—ways of creating a three-dimensional object.

Among other great uses we’ve seen for the flex-casting process is the IceLiners project that has already reached its crowdfunding goal of $30,000 with hours left to go in their campaign today.

Rather than using a mold to create a standalone ice block, the creators have integrated a glass itself into the ice shape design to create an ice-lined glass…genius!

“As a former bartender, one of the most common calls was for a cold martini. People wanted a chilled glass, they wanted it shaken hard, and they wanted ice crystals floating on the top. Why? Because they wanted it cold. Over the years I became a martini drinker myself and have come to learn the beauty of an ice cold martini. I wanted to create an experience where the very last sip is as cold as the first … and I have.”

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Project creator Daniel Kana further explains his product design inspiration from…what else? An already-existing silicone mold-making process in the form of dental molds:

“As a dentist, I would use dental impression material to make solid ice martini glasses which ended up melting quickly and being very messy. I started to think of a better way to create a cold glass. I thought maybe we could line the glass with a layer of ice. Glass is an excellent insulator, and perhaps this would be more effective than the solid ice glass. I also thought it was extremely important to use high-end glass stem wear as I like the feel of glass to my lips. There are some clunky plastic devices out there, but they are not very classy. At the end of the day, a martini is a classy drink.”

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As the above images show, creating a suitable liner that holds the water while it freezes (and ultimately leaving a ‘presentable’ ice block) was more difficult than one might initially assume. Either way, we’re pretty sure that a glass of bourbon wasn’t too far away to help ease through the frustrations.

You still have a few hours left today to get your own IceLiner over at the IceLiners Kickstarter page.

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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.