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« on: August 24, 2013 10:10:14 PM »

I find spider webs to be very nice natural works of art.  I read about a technique using hairspray or stick glue and construction paper to catch a web, but I had another idea and want to see if anyone has some advise how I could do this.  I was thinking if I bought this: http://tinyurl.com/lcynwd2 and could apply it evenly somehow to the web and then I was thinking of using clear plasticast resin almost cured but still slightly tacky in a nonstick pan to catch the web and then pour more resin on top of that.  After it hardened I could remove it and the web should glow in the dark.  I could use fluorescent powder as well and mount some type of blacklight under the final plasticast piece.  I want to know how I could apply the powder evenly and how to catch the web using some type of mold half filled with almost cured resin.  AND would the heat from curing resin destroy the web.  I have some plasticast but have never used it yet.

I wanted to add I do preserve webs digitally using PaintShop Pro.  I take a digital photo of the web using manual focus (difficult to get webs with auto-focus) and open it in PSP.  Add a raster layer with a transparent background.  Use very light gray and the Line tool set at the smallest width with anti-aliasing on.  I digitally trace every strand of the web and then when I am done I copy the whole layer and paste on a black background.  It's time consuming but I enjoy it.  I find if I make the lines white, they appear too thick.  Gray works better.
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stillatthetop
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2013 01:03:14 AM »

Wow. Lots of questions. Applying the powder would be easy on a fresh web. Use a ketchup tube style bottle and squirt in the air above the web if it is still sticky, or just a bit wet with dew. That should stick it nicely to the web. Or maybe a pepper shaker style canister to sprinkle it over the top.

Heat from the resin? Don't know. Have never tried that. But it sounds like a neat experiment. Webs are pretty sturdy for most types of spiders. I think it would hold up to some heat.

I used to do the hairspray thing you mentioned when I was a kid.

I love spiders and recently lost "Charlotte" my resident spider (Orb weaver, also called Banana spider). R.I.P. They only live a year and die at this time of year, but she left me a large sack of baby "goodies", so I should have more next spring. Her man friend is still living. Much smaller than her, and not a good web builder. He just hangs out in the corner of the porch. Charlotte built me a nice web on the outside of my kitchen window. I hope her kids follow suit.  Grin You and I share the same fun with nature, I can tell.

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