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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.
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<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>Awesome!</p><p><a href="http://amzn.to/1WDO4mS" rel="nofollow">Would paper like this work?</a></p>
<p>directions too confusing, burned off right nipple</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>
It's so much fun making snowflakes and wound up being a great stress reliever! These are great instructions for fun, creative and easy snowflakes that are addictive to make and try new designs and easy fun with my son:).
<p>I'm glad my tutorial helped you find some stress relief!</p>
<p>Smh. Why does this only have one step.</p>
<p>Never mind my tigga helped me figure it out no longer smh</p>
<p>Smh. Why does this only have one step.</p>
<p>should have found it before we did our christmas tree</p>
<p>Found this on the bus to work today when I had the last minute idea to make snowflakes with young English students. Not only do older kids appreciate this better than candy, it actually helped me to break the ice with a prepubescent class I've been struggling to communicate with. Thanks!</p>
<p>Did you see what I did there? I really didn't mean to!</p>
<p>ghatiya THANKYOU</p>
<p>i can't believe i somehow managed to forget these!!! i'm going to make one RIGHT NOW. i used to make them from the plain old white paper then get them wet in water and stick them to the windows all over the place as a kid :D </p>
<p>ta-ddaaaah!</p>
<p>and another one!</p>
<p>i can't believe i somehow managed to forget these!!! i'm going to make one RIGHT NOW. i used to make them from the plain old white paper then get them wet in water and stick them to the windows all over the place as a kid :D </p>
<p>Thanks for the instructable! So pretty!</p>
<p>Awesome instructions!! I just decorated my lab. 100% better now!</p>
<p>Used your instructions to make snowflakes for the St. Nicholas baskets for our neighborhood, hope to see snowflakes on doors all over our neighborhood. Thank you so much for your all the care you put into this.</p>
<p>I used this to teach my landlady's grandson how to make these. Thanks a lot it helped!</p>
<p>Thanks for this clear tutorial!</p>
<p>Great tutorial, and it is very easy to make other patterns. Now my work cubicle is decorated with paper snowflakes. Thank you.</p>
<p>I clicked on a link at yakidee.org/how-to-make-paper-snowflakes.html which showed what looked like 3-D snowflakes made from strips of paper. That is what I was wanting to learn but it brought me here instead. Where are they? I learned how to do these simple folded ones in kindergarten over 50 years ago!</p>

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