~/imallett (Ian Mallett)

I like making paper snowflakes. Here are some of the ones I've actually scanned for your benefit.

Unfortunately, many were insufficiently attached to my dorm room door in undergrad. Unimaginative staff apparently decided that anything on the floor is trash. Some of these snowflakes exist only here in these high-resolution scans.

Speaking of, it turns out this data is highly compressible. In particular, these PNGs have only 256 colors, which makes them about 1/4 the size. Yet, they look almost exactly the same as the originals.

In nature, snowflakes come in several varieties—six-sided symmetry, with occasional three- and twelve-sided symmetries (although the latter, on closer inspection, are often actually only six-fold symmetric). Within each arm of symmetry, there is bilateral symmetry. All too often I see paper "snowflakes" with eight or (worse) four or two sides. These cuttings might have merit for some, but at least for me, snowflakes should have at least six sides, and preferably not a large number or a power of two. It just looks more interesting that way.

Snowflakes, after being ordered by type, are ordered by upload date. No effort has been made to record the date of manufacture, as this information has been generally lost.

Since this is a "snowflakes" page, most snowflakes are six-sided. There is, however, a short section dedicated to seven-sided "snowflakes", which, as far as I can tell, do not occur in nature.

For more about making snowflakes, you may enjoy my (unsupported) Python project that generates them.

Six-sided snowflakes:

Snowflake No. 001
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Snowflake No. 002
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Snowflake No. 003
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Snowflake No. 004
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Snowflake No. 005
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Snowflake No. 006
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Snowflake No. 007
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Snowflake No. 008
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Snowflake No. 009
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Snowflake No. 010
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Snowflake No. 011
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Spindly arms took way too long to make.
Snowflake No. 012
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Snowflake No. 013
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Seven-sided "snowflakes":

Snowflake No. 014
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Snowflake No. 015
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Snowflake No. 016
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Snowflake No. 017
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Actually much smaller than the rest. I think it came out of the inside of number 15.

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