• Fri, Dec 4 2009

Snowflakes- How to make a wire snowflake

Have you ever looked at a snowflake under a microscope?  I haven’t.

Have you ever MADE a snowflake?  I have!   I am willing to bet that you have, too!

 photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

I was thinking about making snowflakes,

and it struck me that I could use

copper wire to make snowflakes.

So, of course, I had to give it a try.

What do you need to make

a wire snowflake?

Copper wire , a piece of foam,

straight pins

needle nose plyers with a cutting notch

graph paper,

a compass

a ruler,

and a pen or a pencil.

 photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

Draw a circle with

a 1 inch (2.5 cm) radius.

Work your way

around the

circumference

of the circle,

with the compass,

intersecting

the circle 6 times.

 photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

Draw a line from point to

point across the circle 3 times.

Draw a 1/2 inch line 1/4 inch from

the end of each line.

Stick a pin

at each point

on the circumference,

and

1 at the center.

Twist a loop

in the wire

for a hanger.

Stick  a pin

 photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

in at the end

of each of the ‘T’s

and wrap loops

of wire  around

each of  them.

Work your way

around

the arms of

the snowflake.

Go back to

the center

before moving on

to the next arm.

  photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

When you have got

all 6 branches

of the snowflake

wrapped with

a little cloverleaf,

then pull the pins

out.

Wrap the tails

of wire

around the branches

of the snowflake

to secure them.

Pinch and squeeze

 photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

the wire

to shape the

snowflake

any way

that appeals.

After you have

finished wrapping

it, you can pound it

with a hammer if you’d like.

You could make

your snowflake

larger or smaller-

feel free to experiment!

Happy Snowflake making!

I thought that it would be fun to find some links for making snowflakes and came up with these ones: (Have fun!)

Clip art: snowflake-clipart

Paper: How-to-Make-6-Pointed-Paper-Snowflakes/

Make-a-3D-Paper-Snowflake

Crocheted:  tons of crocheted snowflakes

Knitted: knitted snowflake motif

http://tiajudy.com/SnowStar.htm

bead weaving: http://www.sandradhalpenny.com/9451.html

Felt: http://www.purlbee.com/felt-christmas-stocking/2008/12/13/super-easy-snowflake-stocking.html

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