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Three sided patterns appear in nature along with the conditions which produce the 6 sided snowflakes. Triangular shaped snow crystals, like the 12 sided variety, are currently a mystery to science. The triple edged flakes appear with the same weather conditions that produce 6 sided, hexagonal shaped snowflakes. Because of the beautiful and symmetrical shapes of naturally occurring snowflakes, this is a great way to introduce symmetrical math patterns and concepts to young children.
Use these completed drawings of snowflakes for creating unique wooden snowflake ornaments, foam snowflakes, crochet snowflakes, embroidered snowflakes, latch hook rugs and other snowflake needlework projects.
How do 3-sided snowflakes form?
Triangular Crystals are no different from ordinary six-sided crystals at the molecular level.
Triangle plates sometimes truncate at around -2 C (28 F) temperature. When corners of the plates sprout branches or arms, an odd version of a stellar plate crystaln can form. Three-sided crystals are rare. How these 3 fold symmetrical crystals form continues to be a mystery. Refer to the Science of snow and ice crystal formation page.
Snowflake stencils can liven up any dull winter day. Bring the blizzard inside with snowflake ornaments and garlands. Decorate the windows, Christmas tree, classroom or office cubicle with paper snowflakes.
Print all patterns on regular or colored paper. Trace the patterns onto foam sheets and aluminum foil to create unique designs.
Stencil snowflakes are perfect for very young children and those who cannot use scissors but want to enjoy creating beautiful snowflake ornaments for the holidays. Finished snowflake shapes for children can also be used as patterns for crochet, embroidery, latch-hook rugs, wood work, stencil and other personal art projects. These snowflake patterns are completed versions of the fold and cut patterns available in the folding section.
Easy 3 Sided basic snowflake designs for:
3-Sided, triangular snowflakes, like the 12 sided variety, are a mystery to science. Here is a close-up set of photographs showing three sided snowflakes. Here's another three sided snowflake that is featured right here on this page. Can you find it? (hint look for #730). Design your own triple sided work of art with blank templates.