How To Capture Your Own Snowflake To Keep Forever

By Sam Gibbs on at

It’s been snowing in parts of Britain, and that Siberian icy blast doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. So here’s a topical how to for the weekend. Capture your own snowflake that you can keep, hold and marvel at even in the middle of the summer.

All you’ll need is a microscope slide; some cover slips; a pair of tweezers; some cardboard, and some glue. Bung the whole lot in the freezer to get it down to temperature, with the glue only needing about 10 minutes.

When it’s snowing, grab the cardboard and go capture some snowflakes for your collection. Using the tweezers carefully transfer the snowflakes onto the microscope slide, bung a dollop of glue in the middle and gently press the coverslip down. Shove the slide in the freezer for at least two days to allow the glue to set.

After two days in the freezer you can whip them out and witness the marvel of the snowflake in all its glory as the glue will have set all around it, trapping it like still life forever more. If that sounds like fun jump on over to Instructables for a step-by-step guide and don’t forget to show us your mini crystal marvels if it works for you this weekend -- they might even make a decent cheapo Valentine's Day present to go with your 7p card. [Instructables]

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