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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.
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Step 1: Gather Items

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Items needed:

A Glass slide.
A Cover slip.
A Piece of cardboard.

Step 2: Put items in freezer

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

Step 3: Put glue in freezer

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

Step 4: Catch snowflakes on cardboard

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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

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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

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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

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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.
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Is there anyway i can buy a snowflake from you?
racebaby3 months ago
Can I buy snowflakes from you?
Luny2 years ago
I wonder if this is how Leonard got that snowflake he gave Penny. Very cool. How did you make the microscope photo?
imajem3 years ago
What, pray tell, is a cover slip???
duckef (author)  imajem3 years ago
Its the thin cover that comes with the slide to protect what is on it.
Attmos3 years ago
kat492423 years ago
Wouldn't it just be easier on yourself & the snowflakes, if you caught them on the glass & applied the glue then?
jcksparr0w3 years ago
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.
tz1_1zt3 years ago
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
abaneyone3 years ago
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!
GoDu23 years ago
Good Job!
Digitalker3 years ago
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.
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!
sherbar3 years ago
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!
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.
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
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
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.
duckef (author)  FlatLinerMEDIC3 years ago
Sadly I missed the snow this year, if it does snow again I will try for you!
tenkara3 years ago
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.
duckef (author)  tenkara3 years ago
Deffo a good gift! :)
tw2sheds3 years ago
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.
duckef (author)  tw2sheds3 years ago
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.
M.Shoggoth3 years ago
I wish it snowed where I live . . . one day I'll defiantly do this but.
duckef (author)  M.Shoggoth3 years ago
Yeah it I missed the snow this year, so I couldn't do the 'ible with pics.
kwhitacre3 years ago
Literally, cool...
ntimpanelli3 years ago
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.
Jeff Yates3 years ago
Can I use your freezer....Mines full :)
I notice his is empty. Mine, like yours, is also full. Also, someone will have to send me some snow. :-)
roses87533 years ago
You have my vote - great instructable!
mdog933 years ago
can you just catch the snowflake directly on the glass slide?
duckef (author)  mdog933 years ago
yes as long as the slide is cold enough.
mdog93 duckef3 years ago
ok, just below melting point of the snow?
duckef (author)  mdog933 years ago
or colder its up to you
Lorddrake3 years ago
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

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!
duckef (author)  Lorddrake3 years ago
Yeah I have heard from people that you can actually use his method
colorkitten3 years ago
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?
duckef (author)  colorkitten3 years ago
Whoops forgot to edit that out, yeah they have no valid point other than you could use them to hold the carboard.
seymore9253 years ago
Simply phenomenal. You've got my vote.
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