Warning: this one is picture heavy.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I enjoy making paper snowflakes. I’ve made some more. Or I tried to at least.
I gathered a bunch of pretty origami paper, folded them and drew on some designs from some images I found on Pinterest.
Then I cut them out, and unfolded them.
Yeah. I messed up. The only one that turned out okay was this one, which is the bottom centre row in the folded cut picture.
It took me a while to figure out where I’d gone wrong. I missed a fold. You fold the square in half, then in half again, and then in thirds. I’d missed that second half.
So I got some more paper and folded it properly.
Then I drew a design from another Pinterest image.
That little triangle at nearly the tip – that you can’t reach from the side with scissors – I tried cutting that with a craft knife and failed. So I just cut out a whole wedge.
And then while cutting the rest of the design I screwed it up. I cut too far.
I did the same thing to three more snowflakes before I got frustrated and took a Pringles break.
Then I had another go with the design from the Frozen image, but without drawing it out first, just improvising. It came out not looking too bad.
I tried one completely improvised, which looked a little dodgy.
So then I went back to the first Pinterest image I was working from.
I tried the top one first. It came out looking a lot more solid than the result in the image.
It’s a very low quality image, and you can’t zoom in very far. I suspect I was missing a bit of the design.
I had a go at the second design, and clipped a bit off the point as well. This one came out really nice, but I didn’t quite get the border right.
I had run out of the paper that I’d gathered at this point, so I reached for a sheet of good old printer paper, which works really well for these.
Unfortunately that was my last sheet of printer paper. I do have about seven million origami papers though. I got out my box of papers, went through them all selecting ones I thought would make great snowflakes, and folded them without really paying attention to how many I was making. I got carried away – surprise surprise. There are over 60 of them.
I will probably save some for next year. Maybe.
First I wanted to retry the snowflakes from the post the other day, with the correct number of folds. Here’s how they looked before.
I drew out the first one, started cutting and found myself really struggling to get this little notch here, so I just chopped it off. And then when I was cutting further down the pattern I accidentally lopped a bit off. Then I didn’t even try getting that section out of the point, so I snipped off the tip to give it a centre hole.
So what I ended up with was nothing like the first one really. But it made a fairly decent snowflake in the end.
The second one lost some limbs too. I really suck at this.
I think these ones actually looked better the first time round. But there you go. I was getting a bit disheartened here, so I went for something simpler. I went back to that blue reference image, and tried the second one again. And it’s so pretty!
I did the bottom design on the blue reference image, and that was pretty too.
I even did a small snowflake. Not that you can tell because there’s nothing in these images to indicate scale. But the rest of the snowflakes have been 6×6 inch origami paper. This one is a 3×3 inch piece, with an improvised design.
I found another reference image from Pinterest and did a couple of those.
Then I found yet another reference image – the internet has MILLIONS of these things.
I did the first one from that image, and the third one. Both pretty, but I think I prefer the first one.
After that… well after that I got distracted by a Christmas movie and just kept improvising some.
There are some really dodgy looking snowflakes in there, but there are some that are freaking awesome too. I selected out some of my favourites and ironed them briefly to get them to lay flat. Tomorrow I’ll get them stuck up onto my walls somewhere 🙂
Phew! That’s a lot of snowflakes. I’d say that it’s the last of them, but there are more snowflakes coming in a few days – this time with a different medium though.