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Step 11: Replicating a Real Snowflake

From time to time I try and copy a real snowflake that I see in a book or online. It's impossible to copy an actual snow crystal exactly because they're simply too intricate, they're 3-D, and some parts of the snowflake are attached with a layer of ice so thin that it looks invisible.....if you tried to copy one exactly, it would fall apart. However, you can still try to mimic the form of a real snowflake.

Real snowflakes often have large areas of "blank space" that don't look very good when rendered in paper. A flip through a snowflake photography book shows that quite a few snowflakes form as just a simple hexagon with few details. If the snowflake you're copying has a lot of blank space, embellish it anyway. Since it can't be an exact replica, it might as well be pretty!

Basically, just use the technique from step 10. Imagine the how a real snowflake would look if it were a slice of a pie. Think of the clock hands at 1 o'clock.

Above are two examples of snowflakes that I've tried to replicate. I've added a second view of each with the "slice" highlighted.
<p>Really easy to follow, and I really love how these are six pointed for a more &quot;realistic&quot; feel. I made a few of varying sizes and mixed them with some glitter snowflakes I have to do my windows for the holiday!</p>
<p>i made it peeps </p>
<p>hello guys</p>
<p>thanks this was fun to do and very usefull for our winter ball.</p>
<p>this is so cool!</p>
I made it!
Nailed it
<p>I laughed way to hard at this :P</p>
<p>why are you so rude ????</p>
<p>great job </p><p>JessicaL 151</p>
<p>One of the ladies at the craft class I teach has asked to do these. I'd bet my bottom dollar we'll have quite a few copies of your fine example before the day is done. </p><p>Good effort, my friend. A fine effort at a unique snowflake. :)</p>
<p>One of the ladies at the craft class I teach has asked to do these. I'd bet my bottom dollar we'll have quite a few copies of your fine example before the day is done. </p><p>Good effort, my friend. A fine effort at a unique snowflake. :)</p>
<p>One of the ladies at the craft class I teach has asked to do these. I'd bet my bottom dollar we'll have quite a few copies of your fine example before the day is done. </p><p>Good effort, my friend. A fine effort at a unique snowflake. :)</p>
<p>One of the ladies at the craft class I teach has asked to do these. I'd bet my bottom dollar we'll have quite a few copies of your fine example before the day is done. </p><p>Good effort, my friend. A fine effort at a unique snowflake. :)</p>
<p>wow I made it and it turned out AMAZING </p>
<p>Great Job. Merry Christmas :-)</p>
<p>Hard, but it was worth it!</p>
<p>I made it</p>
<p>Wow!</p>
<p>The instructions couldn't be more clear. Thanks so much!</p>
<p>Beautiful! What a great idea!</p>
This was easy, can't wait to do it with my munchkins, thanks. ?
<p>this is my outcome</p>
<p>Thank you... </p>
<p>Awesome!</p><p><a href="http://amzn.to/1WDO4mS" rel="nofollow">Would paper like this work?</a></p>
<p>Thanks a lot for the easy tutorials! I just made these snowflakes following your steps.</p>
<p>Made it. The instructions couldn't be more vivid.</p>
<p>Thats so pretty! Mine looked very alike to yours!</p>
<p>Made it. But it's not paper Snowflake, not even close</p>

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