How to Preserve a Snowflake

December 11th, 2018

Last week we told you about the beauty of the snowflakes. But isn’t it a pity that the moment you catch them they start to melt? Here comes a method to preserve a snowflake forever. This gives you a chance to watch it closely under a microscope.

What you need is

-    a glass slide
-    a cover slip
-    a piece of cardboard
-    superglue
-    tweezers

STEP 1: PUT ITEMS IN FREEZER
Place the glass slide, clover slip, cardboard and tweezers in a freezer and wait for approx 1 hour.

STEP 2: PUT GLUE IN FREEZER
Put glue in freezer 10mins before taking out the slide, slip, cardboard and tweezers.

STEP 3: CATCH SNOWFLAKES ON CARDBOARD
Once it starts to snow, take the glass slide, slip, cardboard, tweezers and glue from the freezer and head outside. Stand in your doorway to protect everything from falling snow. Head out with the cardboard and catch a few snowflakes. Get more than 5 so that you have room for error.  

STEP 4: PUT SNOWFLAKE ON SLIDE
With the tweezers gently try to transfer a snowflake to the glass slide. Put a small drop of glue into the middle of the snowflake. Immediately place the cover slip on top of the snowflake pushing down very gently. There should be a little gap between the slide and cover slip so as to not squash the snowflake.

STEP 5: PUT SLIDE IN THE FREEZER
Place the slide in the freezer for a minimum of 2 days. The glue should dry around the snowflakes while they are still frozen.

STEP 6: TAKE OUT
When 2 days have passed, it is safe to hold the snowflakes without having them melt. Our photo is made through a microscope. Now you can enjoy the beauty for a bit longer than only for an instant.