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« on: August 02, 2006 01:59:48 AM »

These spiders were inspired by a lampshade I saw in the Bombay Company Store.
They were charging $79.00 for the lamp.  These didn't cost anything. 
I just used what I had in my stash.  They are fun to make.  So far I have made 6, but I'm still going.









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Supplies:
Needle nose pliers and/or scissors
Five 8 inch pieces of Bead wire
Seed beads
Round or Oval beads in 2 different sizes
Ruler (optional)



Step 1: Fold 1 piece of wire in half.  Slide 1 seed bead in middle.


Step 2: Slide the 2 round beads over BOTH wires. Leave 1/2" between beads.


Step 3: Slide about 5 beads onto each fang. Secure. (see step 6) Cut excess wire.


PUT THIS ASIDE UNTIL LATER.

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Step 4: Slide 1 bead onto a wire and bend at about 1 inch.
            Slide a few beads over both wires to secure.


Step 5: Fill the wire with 4 inches of beads.


Step 6: Secure by sliding the rest of the wire over the first bead and Through the next few. 
            Clip the excess wire. Leave about 1/2" of space  in the middle of the wire.



MAKE 4 OF THESE.

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Step 7: Lay out all pieces and spread out the beads in the middle of each wire.


Step 8: Hold the 4 wires in the center and twist them together.


Step 9: Twist the LEGS onto the BODY.


Step 10: Shape the legs and enjoy!





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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2006 04:07:16 AM »

Holy Batman! Those are awesome!!!! And a little creepy, since I fear spiders.

You've inspired me: I'm going to try making one tonight.
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2006 04:18:39 AM »

you should enter the sweat shoppe swap!!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2006 02:57:14 PM »

Thanks guys.  Sweat Shoppe Swap.... I'll have to look into that.
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2006 03:10:07 PM »

These are awesome  Shocked
I have to try making these, I looove spiders  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2006 07:56:37 AM »

wowee i love these! thanks for the tute, ill try them out sometime!
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2006 10:47:23 AM »

These look so much easier to make than the beaded spider tutorial I tried a while back! 

Now I'm curious about that lampshade...Was it covered in beaded spiders?
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2006 11:06:16 AM »

The spiders were hanging from a beaded web shade.

http://www.bombaycompany.com/gp/product/get-product-image/B000GB8X3E/102-7081275-9747302?ie=UTF8&bmBrand=core&scaleToSquare=500
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2006 11:27:02 AM »

Nifty!

You could even make different types of spiders. A black widow with painted hourglass shape on him could be paricularly neat!

Do you plan to incorporate them into a lampshade and lamp, as well?

Hope you keep us updated!

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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2006 11:53:51 AM »

p.s. Thank hubby for his opinion and then use whatever avatar you like most Wink
Exactly!


I don't know what I'll do with them.  I'm just making them.  I'll have 32 spiders when I finish up the beads I have.
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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2006 12:47:44 PM »

They could be nifty suspended within some of that "web" type material that folks use to decorate their homes in mid-autumnl. Sure would be a life-like addition to a humongous (fake) spider web! Maybe one could even be affixed to a chain or string of beads as a pendant, too?

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p.s. Could make neat (possible a bit biggish, though) 3-D wine glass charms! Hard to forget which glass is yours if there is a brown spider crawling up the stem of it!
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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2006 02:13:40 PM »

OH NO! These are so awesome! I am going to make a million now and use all my free time making spiders. Gosh.
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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2006 09:54:38 AM »

Great tut! I love love love spiders and have a couple like these from Canada that I was just to lazy to figure out how to make, now I don't have to. Thanks! love the color choice.
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« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2006 03:32:13 PM »

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Exactly!


I don't know what I'll do with them.  I'm just making them.  I'll have 32 spiders when I finish up the beads I have.
I might list some on Etsy. 

Last year, my niece and I made one for everyone we know to put on their Christmas tree.  If you know the legend of the Christmas spider, you simply "must" have a spider on your tree.  It was nice of you to go through all the work of the tutorial...there are so many out on the net you could have saved yourself a ton of time photographing and uploading.  But great job on it!!!

Have fun with them.

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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2006 06:10:39 AM »

Eeeee! I LOVE that lamp! Must must must make!

I posted on the craft challenge thread a few seconds ago - then realized that there's a separate thread for the tutorial. eep! Ah well, still an awesome set of spiders (looks like you're ready to take over a small country with your army of arachnids there, I love it!) Would you mind if I posted a couple of pics of my version of the spider in this thread?
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« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2006 07:13:12 AM »

I don't like real spiders, but THESE i like!!!!!
I think i'll try making one tonight  Cheesy, and maby other insects as well... so inspiring!!!
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« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2006 07:21:37 AM »

Eeeee! I LOVE that lamp! Must must must make!

I posted on the craft challenge thread a few seconds ago - then realized that there's a separate thread for the tutorial. eep! Ah well, still an awesome set of spiders (looks like you're ready to take over a small country with your army of arachnids there, I love it!) Would you mind if I posted a couple of pics of my version of the spider in this thread?

Please post them.  I'd love to see yours.
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« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2006 11:40:08 AM »

Weee!

That pic gives a sense of how big the spiders came out. As you can see they vary a bit from yours - unlike yours, mine have no antenna/pincers (there's probably a specific term that arachnophiles are wincing at me not using. Ah well - feel free to correct me!) I used headpins (head first, so that if someone chose to 'hang' them, they'd hang head down) put the head and body bead on, wrapped the legs on, then put the bugle and seed beads on the wires and curled the ends. Some of the spiders show this assembly order entirely too clearly as some didn't get beads as far back to the body as I would have liked. Ooops!
The clear spider showed up really well in photos - it looks like some cave-spider that should glow in the dark or some such. The black and red one just looks cool.

I went nuts with the new photobucket album and you can see all the variations I did here,  but I didn't want to clog up the thread with too many. Hope you like 'em!
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« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2006 12:04:43 PM »

I hate spiders so much i could throw up everytime my bf has to kill one, but i LOVE these ! Some one please put some on etsy, i really want one for halloween !
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« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2006 01:05:01 PM »

Wow Hollow Shel, those are great! I love the beaded body. 
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« Reply #20 on: August 24, 2006 08:41:47 PM »

*shuffles feet, coughs* umm, actually I didn't bead the body. Embarrassed there's actually beads available that look like that already,without further enhancement. I've seen versions where people have done exactly that, either bead-woven or beaded around a larger bead, but I didn't - so can't take credit where it ain't due. Thank you for the compliments though!
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« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2008 09:57:35 AM »

I made my poppet for the toys dolls and playthings contest a necklace based on yours:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=234304.0
Thought you might want to see. Thanks for making the Tutorial!
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« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2008 04:13:03 PM »

Okay. I'll admit... spiders creep me out a bit... but these are amazing!
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« Reply #23 on: April 06, 2008 09:54:54 PM »

Cool! I find that it's easier to wrap the leg wires onto the body before I put the beads on.

(Also, um, spiders don't have antennae. Sorry, bug geek here... they also have three main leg segments, if anyone is interested.)

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« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2008 07:44:22 AM »

I rescued a beaded spider obviously made from this tutorial at a church yardsale over the weekend! I was so tickled to find a bit of craftster right in my own backyard. Smiley
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