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« on: July 25, 2011 01:03:09 AM »

Materials: thin wire; seed beads for body, joints, and feet (36); bugle beads for legs (32 or 64 depending on size); beads for the heads (2); bead for the abdomen (2); fish hook earring findings (2).  The wire passes through each body bead a total of 6 times, so the holes on the body beads need to be pretty substantial.

The legs make up the bulk of the spider.  To figure out how much wire you need for your spider, string up a leg.  Each leg has a seed bead at the end, two bugle beads (or one if you have long beads.  I used two for the tutorial.), a seed bead, two more bugle beads, and then I add one more seed bead to account for the body of the spider.
Measure how long all of these beads are.  I multiple the length by 8, add about 6 inches to ensure enough wire for handling, then DOUBLE the length.  The wire goes through each leg twice, so you need twice as much as all 8 legs.  
I normally measure out enough for 8 legs and handling wire, the fold in half and cut the same length.  That way the center of the wire is already marked.  

String your "head" bead onto the wire, and slide it to the center.

String a body bead onto one of the 2 wires, then pass the second wire through the bead going the opposite direction.

On one of the wires, string a leg (2 bugle beads, a seed bead, 2 bugle beads, a seed bead).  Using the last seed bead as a stopper, string the wire back through the bugle beads and middle seed bead, and through the abdomen bead.  Pull tight.  

Repeat for 3 more legs.  

Add a second abdomen bead by stringing the bead onto one of the wires, and then passing the second wire through in the opposite direction.

Add four more legs.

Now, wrap the two wires around each other, being careful to not just twist.  If you twist instead of wrap, the twist will build up at one point in the wire until the wire breaks.  

Trim excess wire, string your abdomen bead on, and attach to a earring finding, leaving the desired amount of spider silk.  
Do it one more time, and you have a neat new pair of earrings.  

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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2011 01:32:10 AM »

These are incredible! I am so making a pair for myself and my two sisters!
I love the filigree bead you've used for the abdomen.
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2011 01:56:59 AM »


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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2011 02:32:04 AM »

Oh my goodness these are incredible!  Thank you for showing us how to make them...I am totally putting this on my to do list.
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2011 05:48:59 AM »

I dont like spiders but I love how realistic yours are. The choice of abdomen bead is ideal. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2011 02:19:08 PM »

I am so making those for my daughter!

« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2011 06:05:40 AM »

I love spiders, and I love this tutorial. Have to remember and save it so I can make myself a pair of earrings later Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2011 09:36:37 PM »

Had to bookmark this since it's full of win and I love spiders. Going to try and make some tomorrow or tonight maybe?

« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2011 03:55:07 PM »

wow wow wow I love spiders I want

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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2011 07:56:43 AM »

I will try to do this in the future, maybe for halloween? :-)
thanks, with all the pictures and all it even looks easy!

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