More Snowflakes

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.

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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.

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I did a few more, including this one which was so delicate that peeling the paper off was terrifying.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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But it was a lot easier to just do a continuous stream of filament.  So I did some more.

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And then some more.  They’re kinda addictive.

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I didn’t use all 60 templates, but I think I made enough.  And they’re so pretty!  I do love snowflakes.

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Author: Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/artist/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.

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