Wilson Bentley was born February 9, 1865, on a farm in Jericho, Vermont. From early in childhood he loved snowflakes. He learned that most crystals had six branches. Starting at age 15 he drew 100 snowflakes each winter for 3 winters. Wilson learned to use micro-photography to photograph snowflakes. When he was 66 his book called Snow Crystals was published.
“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others.”
“Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.” -Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley 1925
Popsicle Stick Snowflake Craft:
* Large craft (Popsicle) sticks (3 per snowflake)
* Elmer’s Glue (I used a hot glue gun to glue sticks together but you can use the Elmer’s glue)
* Yarn, string
* Paper plates
- Ahead of time glue the three craft sticks together and let them dry. (I used a hot glue gun because it dried quickly so I did not have to do it way ahead.)
- Mix some Elmer’s Glue and water together on a paper plate for your child to use to “paint” the glue on the face of the craft sticks. Place each snowflake on a paper plate to catch the glitter.
- Paint glue one the entire face of one snowflake.
- After painting glue on one snowflake, shake glitter over the entire surface of the snowflake and let dry.
- Once the glitter is dry use Elmer’s glue to glue sequins/gems on the face of the snowflake.
- Use yarn/string to hang the snowflakes.
- Tons of Snowflake Crafts
- Snowcrystals.com – A Guide to Snowflakes
- The Bentley Snow Crystal Collection of the Buffalo Museum of Science
Video of Wilson Snowflake Bentley Reading:
Video Containing Wilson’s Original Snowflake Photos:
Video about Wilson Snowflake Bentley: