How to Make a Snowflake Fossil

This looks like a fun idea for preserving a beautiful snowflake. I admit I have not yet had an opportunity to try it (if you read our post on Being a Snowflake, you know how rare snow is in our neck of the woods).

But it definitely seems worth a try. What’s more, if you get a good one, you can use an idea from Crafty Chica to turn it into a cool necklace (link below). As snowflakes are often invoked as symbols for individuality, your necklace can serve as a reminder and celebration of your own uniqueness.

This project is adapted from an article that appeared in Popular Science as well as on the snowcrystals.com site. The image, too, is “borrowed” from Popular Science.

Materials:

Clear glass microscope slides (if not available locally, you can order them from Amazon)

Superglue (the thin, liquid kind, not the gel variety)

Piece of cardboard (to collect the snowflakes)

Small paintbrush

Instructions:

  1. Wait for a snowy day.
  2. Take the microscope slides, superglue and paintbrush outside. Cover them with something so they don’t get snow on them and allow time for them to get as cold as the surrounding air.
  3. Put out your cardboard and begin collecting snowflakes. Use a magnifier to scan until you find an attractive specimen. Using the paintbrush, carefully pick up the snowflake you chose and transfer it to a slide.
  4. Put a drop of chilled superglue on the snowflake and gently put another slide on top, being careful not to melt or otherwise damage the snowflake in the process.
  5. Repeat this process several times to obtain different specimens.
  6. Put the slides in the freezer for a week or two until the glue hardens.
  7. If you end up with a specimen that is large enough to be visible to the naked eye (or maybe even if you don’t), you may want to use it to make Crafty Chica’s No-Solder Microscope Slide Necklace, as suggested above.

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Comments

  1. stevie mack says:

    Kitty, We’ll have to be sure and do this if and when we ever get a snowfall in Tucson! It does look like fun.

    Kitty Williams Reply:

    That, or get up to Mt. Lemmon at just the right time…