Step-by-Step Paper Snowflakes for Holiday Decorating
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Hi! I loved this project and i tried to cut it exactly like you did and it looked nothing like what was shown. i really like how mine turned out, but it just doesnt look like yours at all. why is that? BYE
I'm always glad to see proper hexagonal paper snowflakes. Ice is a hexagonal mineral (or trigonal, depending on whom you ask), so crystals need to have six points (sometimes 3 or 12 or 18), but not four! Insisting on this detail can make cutting paper snowflakes a learning experience. (There is also a cubic version of ice that forms at extremely low temperatures that don't often occur on the Earth's surface, and eight more versions with different symmetries that form under laboratory conditions, but we won't go there.)
Also: Try to avoid the temptation to snip off the sharp point of the folded paper--that leaves a hole in the center of the crystal. Snow crystals begin as ice forms on a tiny particle (dust, smoke, etc.) at the center and grow outward from there; they couldn't form at all without a center to start from.
Definitely check out Wilson Bentley's pioneering work on photographing snow crystals in the link above, along with more modern work by Kenneth Libbrecht at Cal Tech and others--search online for "snow crystal photography" since direct links aren't allowed here.
so free-ken cool and i love this i'm a teacher it rely helps i'm decorating my halls now 8th grade
I came across this, recently, which may be useful for making paper snowflakes.
The actual snowflake design that is depicted in the illustration turns out nothing like that which is supposed to be the finished
article on the demonstration so why bother.
Me too!! I just made a bunch with my little girls. I'll have to try this way of folding the paper though; I don't think what I was doing is as good.
Really easy to understand, clear, simple,instructional text makes great snowflakes. Good labelled images match text