Required Supplies:

Optional Supplies:

 

Snowflake Instructions:


 

Here we go!

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  • Take out this piece

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  • Line up the first piece of copper tape with the small edge as shown

  • Mark a length just before the score, making the mark with your fingernail or a pencil

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  • Cut to size

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  • Peel back the white backing of the copper tape about 1/2 inch

  • Align the tape just under the tiny edge, making sure it doesn’t go over

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  • Remove the backing slowly while pressing the copper tape down, band-aid style

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  • Turn the shape over

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  • Measure a piece the same way on the other side

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  • Press into place

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  • Fold back and forth on each vertical score line to make it easier to fold

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  • Take out a piece of scrap paper

  • Apply glue to the end piece that looks like a half snowflake; stop at the score line

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  • Fold the shape – match the glued part to the snowflake in the center

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  • Push the left edge of the paper so that it folds into a box

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  • It should look like a box from the bottom

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  • Apply glue to the outer half of the shield-like part

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  • Fold it over to align the glued half with the matching half shield

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  • The front should look like this

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  • A correctly folded snowflake support should be able to flatten to the right…

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  • And left…

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  • …and fold flat at the center

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  • Take out the front of the card

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  • Apply glue to the entire back of the shield-like shape as shown

  • Notice the half-shield guide line on the back of the card

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  • Allow the snowflake shape to flatten to the left to see the guide line easily

  • Glue the shape in place, aligning it with the guide line

  • Make sure the top of the shape is at the center fold of the card

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  •  Pop the shape up – be sure the entire bottom is secured to the card

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  •  Close the card, and press down on the area that was just glued

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  •  Open the card; check to be sure the structure is completely adhered and centered

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– CONSTRUCT THE CIRCUIT –

 

The first part of the circuit instructions include diagrams with explanations and tips, the second part is a step-by-step building guide with photography.

( AFTER THESE MESSAGES… WE’LL BE RI I I I I I I I IGHT BACK! )


A Simple Circuit: Battery, Switch, LED

  • The battery will be placed on the top right corner. The positive side touches the copper tape on the right.

  • The switch is a break in the copper tape and a patch to bridge the gap when the paper is squeezed.

  • The LED is placed on the vertical structure inside the snowflake with the positive side (the longer wire on the LED) on the right. Electricity travels through the LED to the other side of the paper where more copper tape continues around to the negative side of the battery.

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And we’re back!


  • Start the circuit at the small horizontal guide line on the right side

  • Remove a 1/2 inch piece of the tape’s backing

  • Position that end just above the guide line

  • Slowly press the tape into place while peeling off the packing, band-aid style

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  • Add another piece of copper tape starting just below the guide line as shown

  • Be sure this piece doesn’t touch the first one

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  • Add a piece of copper tape parallel to the snowflake structure, as shown

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  • Hold the LED with the longer wire (the positive side) on the right

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  • Place the LED over the center paper structure so that the longer wire is on the right side and the short wire is on the left

  • It should rest on the flat edge, with the wires on top of the copper tape pieces from the first step

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  •  Press the snowflake structure flat- the LED wire and copper tape should be sticking out

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  • Connect that wire to the circuit with 3 pieces of copper tape

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  •  Reinforce with clear tape

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  • Press the structure flat on the right side

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  • Apply a piece of copper tape vertically as shown

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  • Just like the first side, connect the wire to the vertical piece with three pieces of copper tape

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  • Reinforce with clear tape

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  • Cut two 1 inch pieces of tape

  • Place one parallel to the battery flap, as shown

  • Place the other on the switch flap, as shown

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  • Connect the two pieces, as shown

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  • Add an additional piece of copper tape to reinforce the piece that goes over the card’s crease

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  • Reinforce with clear tape as well- We want that circuit to stay connected!

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  • On the switch flap, fold the tiny flaps up and down

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  • Fold both right side flaps over

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  • Place the battery on top of the flap with the “+” side up

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  • Fold the top flap down and secure with the binder clip

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  • It’s time! Test — That — Circuit! (press the switch)

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Didn’t light up?

  • Make sure the electricity has an uninterrupted path from the positive side of the battery to the negative when the switch is closed.
  • Make sure the switch makes a good “bridge” between the gap in the copper tape ( try bridging the gap with a scrap piece of copper tape).
  • Check that the LED has a good connection to the copper tape, and be sure that the tape is not going over the paper to connect to the other side, creating a short circuit.
  • Be sure the battery is installed with the “+” facing up – if the circuit works with the negative side facing up, the LED is in the wrong way and needs to be installed with the long wire on the right.
  • … more troubleshooting coming soon!


– Almost there! Card Assembly –


  • Open the blue card

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  • Fold down the two shapes as shown

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  • Close the card

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  • Put down a scrap piece of paper

  • Apply glue to the perimeter of the card, including on top of the switch

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  • Align the blue paper around the snowflake structure

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  • Guide the paper around while moving the snowflake structure to the right

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  • The blue paper should connect at the top in the very center of the card

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  • Turn the card over

  • Before the glue sets, make sure the border is even and reposition if needed

  • Remove any unwanted adhesive

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  • Turn the card back over

  • Apply glue to the two flaps as shown

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  • Glue the flaps flat under the snowflake structure

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  • Apply glue to the inner part of the snowflake

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  • Place the blue transparent paper on top of the glued area

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  • Turn the snowflake over, remove any adhesive from the front

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  • Fold the snowflake in half along the score lines

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  • Apply glue to the edges of the snowflake structure, as shown

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  • Place the snowflake on top, aligning the center folds

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  • Locate the switch – press it!

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  • Apply glue to the small snowflake

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  • Place the small snowflake over the switch

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  • Apply glue to the tips of the diamond shaped piece, stopping at the score lines

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  • Fold the diamond in half with the adhesive on the inside

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  • Place it over the top of the snowflake structure, covering the visible copper tape

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  • The card is complete!

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  • After waiting for all the glue to dry, insert the card into it’s envelope

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  • Give someone some good cheer!

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I hope you had fun creating your card!

If you would like to be featured in the project gallery, please send a picture of yourself & your finished card to natasha [ at ] technochic.net Subject: CS Pix.

***Circuit Sentiments have been shipped all over the world! Extra bonus points if you take the picture in a place that reveals your location (ex: I live near NYC so I may take it with the skyline in the background.) Extra super bonus points if you are wearing an ugly christmas sweater, or other awesome piece of holiday flair!

Happy Holidays everyone! <3 Natasha