In 2012, I made a paper snowflake zine
It explained snowflake growth in the context of paper snowflakes. I printed 100 copies, and handed them out to my friends - they liked it, and people made realistic snowflakes! Now I'm working on another, fancier, more advanced snowflake zine!
Total 2 zines: 1 beginner, 1 advanced
I need your help to finish the second zine! I don't need help with resources, I'm charging as little as possible to get them into as many hands as possible. This project isn't about raising a fixed sum of money, rather, to spread science and wonder!
Additions to the new zine:
- triangular snowflakes
- decision-tree approach to snowflake pattern generation
- time dimension, what growth marks say about hexagon units
- the fractal nature of snowflake growth
The zines double up on information (repeat each other) about 15-20% of the time. They go well together as a pair, and you'll learn unique information from both of them.
$5- You get both zines, (no extra postage for 48 United States) everything required to fill your windows with amazing snowflakes!
$20- Sponsor a classroom, any kind of class! Just need a name and address, and must be less than 40 students. And you get the a copy of the zines for yourself.
$150- You are above and beyond a generous person! A heartfelt thank you. Your name will be rendered into a snowflake in an artistic and computationally intensive but in no way scientific manner. How it'll work: your name will be turned into an audio form based on the IPA, the length of the name corresponds down the length of one snowflake arm, and the manner and place of the consonants will manipulate the plate growth (fake weather conditions). Logistically, the plan is either to laser cut or CNC machine cut a hardwood plate, and I'm shooting for just under a foot diameter.
Creative commons = share
The instructions come in the "8 page zine" form, to make a copy of the zine, it only requires a one sided copy machine. I encourage you to copy it as many times as you want!
Shipping in time for the Holidays
Fundraising ends the first week of December, and all shipping will take place immediately that following week so that everyone will receive the zines by early-mid December.
Kenneth Libbrecht - pioneering the modern field of snowflake science, and photographing fantastic pictures of snowflakes, continuing the tradition of Wilson Bentley.
of course, Wilson Bentley, the Vermont farmer who first put a camera to a microscope and showed us what snowflakes looked like.
video music by Olga
All these snowflakes on this page were made with good old paper and scissors, no x-acto knives.
Risks and challenges
THE HOLIDAYS ARE NEAR! We have to get these out immediately. I'll be prepping all the postage before the project ends so we can all make snowflakes in time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (22 days)