Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2022: Day Eighteen and An Asterisk Snowflake

This snowflake structure was an accidental discovery made while I was making the Asterisk Garland. Here’s the very first iteration.

You will need twelve asterisk units, glued together back to back to form a continuous length. (For detailed instructions on making the units and gluing them together go to this post.)

To make the snowflake, begin by gluing the underside of the right hand branch of the first green unit to the upper side of the left hand branch of the second green unit. (Pointy fingers below indicate the two surfaces.)

Your join should look like this.

Glue the second and third units together the same way.

Your snowflake will begin to form as you work your way along the length. To make the last green to green join, glue together the surfaces indicated in the image below.

The final step is to glue the unattached red ‘leg’ to the unattached green one.

This needs a little fiddling to make it more symmetrical.

You can also make the snowflake out of recycled papers. The one on the left below was made from pages of a discarded Readers’ Digest Condensed Book, the one on the right from a newspaper flyer. The units were folded using the Keith Smith folding method for accordions. (You will also find this explained in the Asterisk Garland instructions posted earlier this month.)

The paper strips I used for folding the units were about 3.8 cm (1.5 in) wide folded over in thirds to make finished strips 1.25 cm (0.5 in) wide. I glued the outer layers in place. Strips for the right hand snowflake were 10 cm (4 in) long. Strips for the left one were 15 cm (6) long and it’s big enough to use as a coaster. (It is certainly strong enough.)

I hope you will have fun trying out different papers and sizes.

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Tomorrow: Day Nineteen and a Paper Moon.


About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than thirty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004. I also create prints and drawings that are frequently text-inspired or text-based.
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1 Response to Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2022: Day Eighteen and An Asterisk Snowflake

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