Little Mix fans can keep their drinks cool this summer with miniature models of the singing stars.
The UK’s hottest girl band have received an ice-cold makeover with ‘Little Mix-ers’ sculptures, featuring South Tyneside’s own Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards, as well as band mates Jesy Nelson, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock in frozen form.
Each took more than 50 hours to complete, and measure just 30mm by 40mm. Makers said Perrie, from South Shields, was the trickiest to create in ice cube form.
The Little Mix miniatures were commissioned by the Thorpe Park theme park in Surrey ahead of the girls’ gig at the resort this week, which is part of the Island Beats series of concerts.
Sculptor Jo Daignault and her team created the micro-sculptures, each taking more than 50 hours to complete.
Jo said: “Creating a portrait on a blank canvas is challenging, but when you have a clear cube, which can be looked at from all angles, the difficulty is increased ten-fold. We needed to ensure the angle of the face would look right from several angles.
“Then we focus on the micro-engraving of key features such as the hair and shape of eyes – this is a key characteristic you must get right to ensure a good likeness. Finally we test each portrait to ensure it can absorb and reflect light.”
She added: “When analysing each of the portraits before starting, we found Perrie the easiest to recreate due to her clear line of symmetry and strong features.
“Leigh-Ann was the trickiest; we used a variety of layering methods, to create her iconic hair style. The personalisation also proved fiddly, Jade’s bow took 5 hours to get right and Jesy’s Cleopatra-shaped eyes needed 5 drafts before we perfected them.”
The team began by sculpting the portraits into moulds of food-safe silicone.
These were then fine-tuned and sculpted to perfection before being cast and finally made into ice cube trays to create the frozen cubes themselves.
Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock said: “I’m so excited to perform at Thorpe Park Resort this summer!
“The rollercoasters are incredible. I used to always come as a teenager when I lived in High Wycombe and still find time now to go on a few rollercoasters.
“I took Jade to Thorpe Park last year, but she kept her feet firmly on the ground – I on the other hand, love a scary ride!”
The ‘Little Mix-ers’ will be put to use backstage in a range of mocktails served before their headline show.