The holiday season might be over, however winter has just arrived. I wanted to make a snowflake ornament to celebrate the first heavy snowfall of the gray winters we experience in Ohio. I think these ornaments look really cute hanging in a window reflecting the winter sunlight.
Step 1: Cut 3 separate strands of wire into equal lengths. I cut each strand into a 6 in piece. You can make them any size you want, just base it off what size you want the snowflake to be.
Step 2: Cross two wire strands into an x shape, then add the third wire stand horizontally in the middle of the x. The shape should look like the picture below.
Step 3: Wrap the string around the center of the wire and wrap between each wire. Do so repeatedly until it feels secure.
Step 4: Cover the string with a pipe cleaner and then cut the excess pipe cleaner.
Step 5: Bead the wire as you like. Use plyers to cut off any excess wire and fold over the ends to close them. I also used a glue gun to add 4 smaller wires in between the three main ones and beaded them.
Step 6: Tie string onto the base of one of the wire strands. Hang the finished ornament in a window.
What is a snowflake?
A snowflake is a broad term, it refers to really anything that falls from winter clouds. Snow crystal is the more specific term, a snow crystal is a single crystal of ice inside of which water molecules are lined up in a hexagonal manner.
How is an ice crystal formed?
An ice crystal is formed from water vapor not frozen raindrops. Ice crystals form when water vapor condenses directly into ice inside of a cloud. As more water vapor condenses onto a budding snow crystal, it grow and develops, thus causing ornate hexagonal patterns to emerge.
Why are all ice crystals unique?
All snowflakes have a hexagonal shape however other details of their geometry can vary. These variations are produced by different temperature and humidity conditions through which the ice crystal experiences as it falls. With an unlimited number of variants no two crystals end up alike.