Save a Snowflake

Snowflake preserved in superglue

If you live in the Great White North, like I do, then you might as well take advantage of this nifty tip I found on Popular Science: How to preserve a snowflake using superglue.

  1. Set microscope slides, coverslips and superglue outside when it’s 20°F or colder to chill them. Catch flakes on the slides or pick them up with cold tweezers.
  2. Place a drop of superglue on the snowflake. Note: Gel glue doesn’t work. Find a brand that’s thin and runny.
  3. Drop a coverslip over the glue. Don’t press down hard or the flake could tear or melt from the heat of your finger.
  4. Leave the slide in a freezer for one or two weeks and don’t touch it with warm hands. The glue must completely harden before the snowflake warms up.

I think it’s safe to say it will make all your siblings living in the much more temperate climate of Australia jealous enough to race home to the land of the true, north, strong, and free (and sometimes cold).

(via Make blog)

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