One of the projects I had planned for the 12 Days of Christmas series that never happened, was to make some snowflakes with my 3D pen. The tradition it represented was the paper snowflakes I make every year and that I wrote about recently.
I collected a lot of snowflake images from the interwebs, and printed about 60 of them in various sizes. Then I got out that very large spool of conveniently white filament that I bought.
After a quick test to make sure the filament would come off the paper once set, I completed my first one. I love how the melted filament looks like icing.
I did a few more, including this one which was so delicate that peeling the paper off was terrifying.
After I’d done a few I set to work trimming off the many many many strings from where I’d stopped extruding the filament at the end of lines.
This was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. And after an hour of work I decided I’d give up. Making the snowflakes is much more fun that trying to clip off tiny strings without breaking the snowflakes. So I had a batch of slightly hairy snowflakes. But they’re still very pretty.
I decided I was going to have another try, attempting to not stop and start. I did pretty well with the first one, and the only string left at the end was easy to cut off.
I went to add a loop, so I could hang it on my Christmas tree, and realised that drawing one with the pen would probably look better. So I did another one of these cute little ones. I forgot the loop. I remembered it on the third try though.
For the second two, I pressed the string down with my finger as soon as I stopped extruding and that helped minimise the strings. So I figured I could try that with a more complicated one – stopping at the end of each line to make it neater, and pressing down the string before it solidifies. It kinda worked.
But it was a lot easier to just do a continuous stream of filament. So I did some more.
And then some more. They’re kinda addictive.
I didn’t use all 60 templates, but I think I made enough. And they’re so pretty! I do love snowflakes.