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Snowflake Melon Carvings Inspired by Photos of Snow Crystals

I stumbled across this fascinating video showing close up photos of snowflakes and it inspired me to make a couple of snowflake melon carvings. Before scrolling down to see my carved snowflake designs, take a look at this short (1:12 minutes) video. It’s pretty amazing to see the variety of snowflake crystals that exist in nature. Nature is THE most astonishing artist ever!

Amazing Macro Photographs of Snowflakes

These up-close photos of snowflakes are incredibly fascinating

Posted by NowThis on Saturday, January 14, 2017

Snowflakes form when water vapor turns to ice. As they fall, changing temperature and humidity shape them.

You can see more of Alexey Kljatov’s remarkable snow crystal close up photos at If you fall in love with any of his snowflake photos, you can order wall art, t-shirts, mugs, greeting cards, phone cases and more featuring your favorite snowflakes.

My Snowflake Melon Carvings – Can You Spot 6 Differences?

These 2 slightly different melon carvings are my interpretation of one of Alexey Kljatov’s snow crystal photos.

Melon snowflake carving 1

There are 6 differences between these two different melon carvings inspired by the same snow crystal photo. Can you spot 6 carving differences? The answers are at the bottom of this post.

Melon Snowflake carving 2

These 2 very similar carvings may look more like a mandala than what we think of as a snowflake design. But you can see from the photo below that is does resemble the framework of a real snow crystal. I did add more detail to the center just for fun.

These were both carved from the same pattern with a few variations. Can you find 6 carving differences? The answers are shown at the bottom of this post.

Alexy Kljatov snowflake photo

This is the photo that provided the inspiration for the carvings.

Tools for making Snowflake Melon Carvings Easy.

Our Pattern Transfer Fabric and Thai Dual Blade Knives make carving patterns a breeze.

Keep your eyes peeled for carving inspiration everywhere

When you keep your eyes (and imagination) open, you’ll see inspiration for carvings all around you, in nature and in all sorts of everyday objects. These snowflake melon carvings are only one example of ideas you can use for carving. Have fun coming up with your own nature and object inspired ideas.

Answer Key: Differences in the two snowflake carvings

Answers to differences in snowflake melon carvings

1. Four tiny balls with point vs. one larger ball.   2. No points vs. points on sides of each petal.   3. Three layers of petals vs. four smaller layers of petals.   4. Smooth surface vs. lines added.   5. Smooth surface vs. three v-cuts here   6. Six bevel cuts in center vs. twelve fan cuts.   Other differences – the two melons were different shades of green. The patterns and melons are tilted differently in each photo, and one looks larger than the other in the photo.

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8 Responses to Snowflake Melon Carvings Inspired by Photos of Snow Crystals

  1. Bernard Choquette January 27, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

    he need to be a perfect jeweler

    • Nita Gill January 29, 2017 at 8:39 am #

      These ice crystals are almost like beautiful jewelry, aren’t they?

  2. Ric Testani January 29, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    This was great info even for a tropical Florida lover like me LOL I was having trouble trying to figure them out. I will have to learn this for next year. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Nita Gill January 30, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed seeing this.

  3. Alexey Kljatov February 9, 2017 at 2:22 am #

    Beautiful work. It looks much better than original snow crystal! I’m proud that my photo was used as a sample!

    • Nita Gill February 9, 2017 at 9:17 am #

      That’s interesting that you would say that the carving looks better than the original snow crystal. I thank you for the compliment. But, when comparing the 2 photos, I was thinking that nothing can beat the beauty of nature. It’s creations are so perfect even when they are imperfect. Thank you for showing us what we cannot see with our naked eyes. Your lovely photos are inspiring!

  4. Reynaldo January 17, 2019 at 4:34 am #

    That is Beautiful, nice work.

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