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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.
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Step 1: Gather Items

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Items needed:

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

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.
 
Luny1 year ago
I wonder if this is how Leonard got that snowflake he gave Penny. Very cool. How did you make the microscope photo?
Attmos2 years ago
awsome!
kwhitacre2 years ago
Literally, cool...
ntimpanelli2 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.
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tw2sheds2 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.
seymore9252 years ago
Simply phenomenal. You've got my vote.
sherbar2 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!
mdog932 years ago
can you just catch the snowflake directly on the glass slide?
lunashadow2 years ago
Too Coooooool!! Well Done!
tenkara2 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.
Jeff Yates2 years ago
Excellent. Gets my vote. Well done.
barbiejz2 years ago
Can't wait to try this! great instructable :)
lunchweek2 years ago
Great instructable! I'll try this soon.