Introduction: Catch a Snow Flake and Keep It Forever

In this instuctable I will tell you how to catch a snowflake and keep it forever.

This instructable is for the Snow challenge.
Please vote.

Step 1: Gather Items

Items needed:

Snowfall.
A Glass slide.
A Cover slip.
A Piece of cardboard.
Glue.
Tweezers.

Step 2: Put Items in Freezer

Place the glass slide, clover slip, cardboard and tweezers in a freezer and wait for approx 1 hour.

Step 3: Put Glue in Freezer

Put glue in freezer 10mins before taking out the slide, slip, cardboard and tweezers.

Step 4: Catch Snowflakes on Cardboard

Once it starts to snow, take the glass slide, slip, cardboard, tweezers and glue from the freezer and head outside.

Stand in your doorway to protect everything from falling snow.

Head out with the cardboard and catch a few snowflakes. Get more than 5 so that you have room for error.
 

Step 5: Put Snowflake on Slide

With the tweezers gently try to transfer a snowflake to the glass slide.

Put a small drop of glue into the middle of the snowflake.
Immediately place the cover slip on top of the snowflake pushing down very gently.
There should be a little gap between the slide and cover slip so as to not squash the snowflake.

Step 6: Put Slide in the Freezer

Place the slide in the freezer for a minimum of 2 days.
The glue should dry around the snowflakes while they are still frozen.

Step 7: Take Out

When 2 days have passed, it is safe to hold the snowflakes without having them melt.
The slide looks like this under a microsocpe.


This is my first ible any comments are welcome.
 

Comments

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Country+Ivy made it!(author)2016-03-03

www.CountryIvyCreations.etsy.com has high quality preserved snowflakes ready to ship.

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CassieB13 made it!(author)2016-01-25

Here is my website for preserved snowflakes. https://www.etsy.com/shop/SimplySnowflurries?ele=shop_open

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CassieB13 made it!(author)2016-01-23

Anyone looking to buy preserved snowflakes I make them. I also make jewelry out of them, You can reach me by email barbeau3@msn.com

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AlishaR2 made it!(author)2015-09-09

Hello would you do one for me to give as a present to my partner please ?

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melanie.h.farris.9 made it!(author)2015-01-27

Is there anyway i can buy a snowflake from you?

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racebaby made it!(author)2014-12-11

Can I buy snowflakes from you?

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Luny made it!(author)2013-01-03

I wonder if this is how Leonard got that snowflake he gave Penny. Very cool. How did you make the microscope photo?

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imajem made it!(author)2012-02-18

What, pray tell, is a cover slip???

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duckef made it!(author)2012-03-06

Its the thin cover that comes with the slide to protect what is on it.

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Attmos made it!(author)2012-03-05

awsome!

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kat49242 made it!(author)2012-03-01

Wouldn't it just be easier on yourself & the snowflakes, if you caught them on the glass & applied the glue then?

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jcksparr0w made it!(author)2012-02-20

A few tips.
Chill everything overnight instead of just 10 minutes. Try to remember to tap the slide while it has the glue on it because it looks like you have some air bubbles in the glue and it kind of ruins the effect. And use superglue. You need to experiment to find the best one but superglue will work as long as you chill it enough.

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tz1_1zt made it!(author)2012-02-15

What is this glue like? Thin, thick gloopy or runny?

I've seen this method described elsewhere a few years ago, the author used superglue (cyanoacrylate) that they kept in the freezer permanently for this purpose.

When I tried using superglue it was too runny and flowed off the slide. It's left me wondering if the Gel-Superglue might be a better option if it's more like the glue you are using.

I'm keen to get Superglue working for this because its reaction with water triggers the rapid setting, so contact with a snowflake will be the perfect way to preserve the structure and details.

Would be interested to know what results other people have with different glues

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abaneyone made it!(author)2012-02-14

I remember one student teacher I had back in elementary school showed us how to do this. I thought it was so neat! This is a great instructable! You get my vote for the snow contest!

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GoDu2 made it!(author)2012-02-14

Good Job!

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Digitalker made it!(author)2012-02-13

How about using circuit chiller to chill your slides? There is also a product
called Dust Off at office supply stores that's used to blow dust out of office equipment. If you use Dust Off you will have to invert the can to get it to work.
Just spray the side opposite the one you will catch your snowflake on. In
either case don't spray it on your bare skin. It can freeze of your skin.
Be careful with dry ice in an a closed enviroment. As it evaporates it releases
carbon dioxide.

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Riki+Rezinunts made it!(author)2012-02-13

Awesome! Unfortunately, I am another whom lives in a tropical climate and does not get any snow... I would pay for one of these as well... Or maybe I could get one of my design/diy savvy friends up north to do it for me... BTW, Awesome pic! Maurice Moss rocks!

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sherbar made it!(author)2012-02-12

I am a hobbist photographer & have always wanted to photograph snowflakes but have had no luck. Your awesome method might be the answer to my quandry. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Bosun+Rick made it!(author)2012-02-13

I don't know if this would work or not, but it's worth a try. How about using black construction paper left out in the cold or stored in a freezer until a snowstorm comes? if the paper is cold enough, the snow shouldn't melt while you take your pictures.

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jerryfixit made it!(author)2012-02-12

I had the same problem, gave up. Then took som pics of the grandkids after dark, with on camera flash and wow lots of snow. No individual flakes, but lots of snowfall. Try it and see if this gets what you want. Good luck. Jerryfixit

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andreserrano made it!(author)2012-02-13

Congratulations by your idea, unfortunatelly don´t snow at my country, when is very cold here we have +5 degree centigrades (41°F)

Best regards,

André Serrano from Brazil

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FlatLinerMEDIC made it!(author)2012-02-10

Can I buy one from you!!!??? I live in AZ it would be a great gift and theres no snow here. Name your price. I have paypal.

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duckef made it!(author)2012-02-13

Sadly I missed the snow this year, if it does snow again I will try for you!

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tenkara made it!(author)2012-02-12

This is so incredibly cool. I've thought of this off and on ever since I saw it on TBBT. Since my wife and I were married on a Christmas tree farm in December, this would be a perfect gift.

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duckef made it!(author)2012-02-13

Deffo a good gift! :)

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tw2sheds made it!(author)2012-02-12

I got a snowflake preservation kit when I was a kid from the Edmund Scientific Catalog (had a lot of neat things but expensive) and I seem to remember that you would freeze the slides, go catch the flakes on the cold slides and then drop the preserving stuff on them. Didn't have the patience and snowfall opportunity at the same and only got a couple of partial flakes.

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duckef made it!(author)2012-02-13

Before I tried this method I used to catch the flakes on acetate and then sprayed it with chilled clear spray adhesive (where the can had been left outside to chill), then the flakes would melt and you would be left with the pattern but it was very hard to see.

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M.Shoggoth made it!(author)2012-02-13

I wish it snowed where I live . . . one day I'll defiantly do this but.

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duckef made it!(author)2012-02-13

Yeah it I missed the snow this year, so I couldn't do the 'ible with pics.

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kwhitacre made it!(author)2012-02-13

Literally, cool...

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ntimpanelli made it!(author)2012-02-12

I got really lucky last Feb. and caught this flake on my mailbox. You need to go out while it's snowing that really fine, cold snow and you should be able to find flakes on surfaces.

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Jeff+Yates made it!(author)2012-02-12

Can I use your freezer....Mines full :)

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graydog111 made it!(author)2012-02-12

I notice his is empty. Mine, like yours, is also full. Also, someone will have to send me some snow. :-)

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roses8753 made it!(author)2012-02-12

You have my vote - great instructable!

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mdog93 made it!(author)2012-02-12

can you just catch the snowflake directly on the glass slide?

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duckef made it!(author)2012-02-12

yes as long as the slide is cold enough.

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mdog93 made it!(author)2012-02-12

ok, just below melting point of the snow?

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duckef made it!(author)2012-02-12

or colder its up to you

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Lorddrake made it!(author)2012-02-10

awesome job.

if you don't have clear elmers glue you can also use any Cyanoacrylate type of glue (super glue, crazy glue, etc)

Apparently you can also do it like Leonard and preserve it in a 1% solution of polyvinyl acetal resin by dissolving one gram of polyvinyl acetal resin in 100 milliliters of ethylene dichloride

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stringstretcher made it!(author)2012-02-12

Have you tried this with CA? Some CA's harden on contact with water, might be a problem? My favorite ( Loctite 406) is very fast, but might even leave a white residue around the flake. Let's give this a try!

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duckef made it!(author)2012-02-12

Yeah I have heard from people that you can actually use his method

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colorkitten made it!(author)2012-02-12

This is fantastic! I'm going to get supplies together to do this next time we get a decent snow.

One question though -- at what point did you use the clothes pins?

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duckef made it!(author)2012-02-12

Whoops forgot to edit that out, yeah they have no valid point other than you could use them to hold the carboard.

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seymore925 made it!(author)2012-02-12

Simply phenomenal. You've got my vote.

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lunashadow made it!(author)2012-02-12

Too Coooooool!! Well Done!

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Jeff+Yates made it!(author)2012-02-12

Excellent. Gets my vote. Well done.

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barbiejz made it!(author)2012-02-12

Can't wait to try this! great instructable :)

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lunchweek made it!(author)2012-02-12

Great instructable! I'll try this soon.

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sokamiwohali made it!(author)2012-02-11

this is an insanely GENIOUS IDEA!!! i wish i would have known of this method when i still lived in watertown ny!!!

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hotmetalmel made it!(author)2012-02-09

That is the coolest ever. Sucks that I live in a place where it almost never snows.... I may have to make an "Altitude Road Trip" (I'm less than a hr from Mt. Hood!) with the kids. Could it be done with a cooler and some dry ice if everything is prepped at home in the freezer? I guess trying to figure for vibration, temp tolerances, etc. Any info will help.... I mean I gonna do it anyway because this is cool, I'm just trying to cut down on the frustration factor. Thanks again btw for a 'cool' idea (sorry).

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