Permanent Snowflakes

Snow is sheer miraculous stuff.

Now, in all honesty, I’m the first to grumble when those freezing pre-dawn car-scraping sessions are required . . . but . . .

I love lace.

And what is snow if not the most perfect of all laces? Have you ever managed to catch a snowflake or two on the outside of your mittens and then really looked at it before it melts? They’re downright exquisite! Check out these photos!

snowflakeThey’re from 1885, when a guy named Wilson A. Bentley decided to take the first successful pictures of single snowflakes!


Now, since snowflakes have the tragic tendency to melt, there’s (alas) really no successful way to make beautiful (or lasting) jewelry out of them, SO, I decided to content myself with a lace-y substitute for the season at hand!

First, I snipped out some favorite bits of lace!

lace bits

Second, I laid them out and sprayed them . . .

(perhaps overenthusiastically) with something called “Stiffen Quik” (I think I got it at A.C. Moore!), which took some time to dry!

stiffen magic

Third, I had to assemble a few other tidbits!

jewelry making

Fourth, All the bits and pieces were assembled into LOVELY jewelry

(in my humble opinion)

earrings flowers

All that’s left is to wrap them up and share them with friends!

pretty earrings

. . . and maybe just maybe, I’ll save a pair for myself, too!

Published by Abby

Dabbling in decoratives is an ongoing obsession. I love having a go at This, That and the Other. . . tackling projects that tickle my fancy, hoarding costumes (for the "Someday" that I own a dress-up tea-house for grown-ups) and hosting themed parties whenever I am not immersed in teaching French and Writing to high school students. In the interest of full transparency, there's something serious you should know: I overuse the ellipsis . . . frequently. Embarassingly enough, it seems to be the punctuation that best captures my stream of thought as it flits off of one subject and towards the next!

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