11 September 2023

Snowflake Monday

I've finally used up the last of my (clear when dry) glow glue. There are still several blue, purple, red and orange bottles, but I don't use them when I'm not making gifts for my grands because I'm making a concerted effort to make white flakes to feature here. And to give away...

In a way, I'm kind of glad the stash finally ran dry (pun intended; the remnant in one bottle literally did completely dry out). Especially as each glue began aging, they became more and more difficult to work with. I've never been a girl who likes to get her fingers sticky, and I'm pretty happy to go back to either painting glue onto pinned snowflakes with a paintbrush or squishing flimsy snowflakes around in a sandwich bag with a glop of school glue to saturate them. Those methods are so much easier to clean up!

When I have time, I'm now adding glow glitter into plain white school glue prior to applying to snowflakes, which, in my opinion, does not work as well, to achieve finished flakes that glow. When I don't have as much time (which is most of the time), I'm painting stiffened flakes with glow in the dark spray paint. That may become my new favorite glow method.

Even though I've settled on a new glow method, I did, however, find yet another glowing glitter I felt I just HAD to try.

This one is really chunky and visible. There are a lot of pinkish hues in the set, and those might be fun in October. But for now, I thought it would be fun to decorate some of the tiny, plain snowflakes I'm donating to Operation Christmas Ornaments Near and Far. (My interpretation of the chunky glitter brand name: Gem Messy!!!) This chunky stuff isn't bad, in my opinion, for plain snowflakes; I would not use it on any fancy thread snowflake. It steals the exquisite joy from delicate crocheted masterpieces. (It might be perfect for snowflakes made from white pipe cleaners...) This chunky glitter shows up extremely well when glitter escapes your working surface, such as on the carpet... I can guaranty I will NOT be using the yellow glitters in this set on snowflakes AT ALL! EVER!!!

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Finished Size: 6.25 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Effervesce Snowflake Instructions

Special Stitches (cl)

Cluster Stitch (cl)

Yo, draw up loop, yo, draw through 2 loops on hook, [yo, draw up loop, yo, draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times, yo, draw through all 4 loops on hook.

Make magic ring.

Round 1: [2 sc in ring, ch 8] 5 times; 2 sc in ring, ch 4, 1 dtr in starting sc to form 6th ch 8 tip of Round. Don't pull magic circle too tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of dtr directly below, [in next ch 8 tip work (2 dc, ch 5, 2 dc)] 5 times; 2 dc in next ch 8 tip, ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 5 tip of Round.

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below), [ch 5, in next ch 5 tip work (3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc)] 5 times; ch 5, 3 dc in next ch 5 tip, ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 12th ch 5 sp of Round.
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Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc over post of tr directly below, [ch 6, sk next ch 5 sp, 3, in next ch 5 sp work (5 dc, ch 10, 1 dc in 9th ch from hook, ch 1, 5 dc)] 5 times; ch 6, sk next ch 5 sp, 5 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 1, 1 dtr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2, ch 4, 1 dtr in bottom of dtr just worked to form 6th ch 8 tip of Round.

Round 5: Ch 2 (count as 1 dc), 9 dc over post of dtr directly below, [ch 5, cl over Rounds 3 and 4 chain spaces, ch 5, in next ch 8 tip work (10 dc, ch 5, 1 sc in 5th ch from hook, 10 dc)] 6 times, omitting last 10 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

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