In a large bowl, add ice cubes and ice water. Put WHOLE cucumbers in bowl and let sit for 2 hours.
After two hours, cut cucumbers into spears or slice them up.
In a large bowl, combine the cucumbers, water, vinegar, chopped dill, sugar, garlic, salt, pickling spice (or homemade pickling spices above) dill seed and red pepper flakes.
Let the cucumbers and water mixture sit for 2 hours at room temperature until the salt and sugar dissolve.
Take the cucumbers out and put them in glass or plastic containers with lids. Ladel in the brine from the bowl to cover the cucumbers. Place a sprig of fresh dill into each jar and put the lids on.
Refrigerate the containers for at least 10 days before eating. Keep refrigerated and eat within a month.