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Wycinanki (vee-chee-non'-kee) . There are several styles--the
snowflake-like ones may be folded into as many as 32 sections--and are
traditionally cut with sheep shears!
The Missouri Art Education Association web site has a "super"snowflake
lesson which takes the traditional fold and cut shapes around the edges
method and does things just backwards. You can tell every time which way
the creator was thinking when he/she did the cutting because the difference
in the two methods is quite dramatic.
This page will give you some paper cutting links, and a few snow links:
BTW we will (in a day or two, keep your fingers crossed <g>) have an
alternative address http://www.maea.net or http://maea.net The Geocities
address will still work.