I had wanted to do 3D bead work for ages and couldn't find any sites to teach me until rather by accident I stumbled across this site... YOU REALY MUST CHECK IT OUT!http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://perso.wanadoo.fr/mk.perles/indexfr.htm&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2B%2522http://perso.wanadoo.fr/mk.perles/indexfr.htm%2522%26num%3D50%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26oe%3DUTF-8%26newwindow%3D1%26sa%3DG%26as_qdr%3Dall
the spiders are my variation of a pattern that can be found at the above site.
If you wanted to do my spiders heres how... (Purple looks GREAT)
I use 28g bead wire and I use bugles and seeds for the legs, looks creepier.
Follow the directions for Spider2 (at the above site) until you get to the 3rd set of legs. put on the 3rd set of legs then put your jewel on then do the top row. now depending on how big your jewel is you'll have to play around with the number beads in each row. you want to beads to be snug around the jewel or it will move.
So you go 3rd legs, jewel, top row, bottom row, 4th legs, top row, bottom row and your done.
I personally HATE SPIDERS!!!!! I was creeped out for days after making those!
I sell them at my local craft market for $6 Aussie
I have seen different christmas spider patterns around, I can't rememeber when the poem is but there is one out there somewhere.
Heres the christmas spider legend...
On Christmas eve, a long time ago, a gentle mother was busily cleaning the house for the most wonderful day of the year... Christmas day, the day on which the little Christ child came to bless the house. Not a speck of dust was left. Even the spiders had been banished from their cozy corner on the ceiling. They had fled to the farthest corner of the attic.
The Christmas tree was beautifully decorated. The poor spiders were frantic, for they could not see the tree, nor be present for the little Christ child's visit. Then the oldest and wisest spider suggested that perhaps they could wait until everyone went to bed and then get a closer look.
When the house was dark and silent, the spiders crept out of their hiding place. When they neared the Christmas tree, they were delighted with the beauty of it. The spiders crept all over the tree, up and down, over the branches and twigs and saw every one of the pretty things.
The spiders loved the Christmas tree. All night long they danced in the branches, leaving them covered with spider webs. In the morning, when the little Christ child came to bless the house, he was dismayed! He loved the little spiders for they were God's creatures, but he knew the mother, who had worked so hard to make everything perfect, would not be pleased when she saw what the spiders had done.
With love in his heart and a smile on his lips, the little Christ child reached out and gently touched the spider webs. The spider webs started to sparkle and shine! They had all turned into sparkling, shimmering silver and gold.
According to legend, ever since this happened, people have hung tinsel on their Christmas trees. It has also become a custom to include a spider among the decorations on the Christmas tree.
Heres the site where that came from and theres also a pattern to make a spider there too.http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/treeornaments/l/blxspidorn.htm
So far to date I've made spiders and scorpions by the dozen, a koala, a kangaroo, ladybugs, dogs, tigers, birds, scarab beetle, turtle, crabs, fish. You get hooked!
OK, I can't give you the pattern for the Fishies but you can buy it at Bead and Button... sooooooooo slow to load! I can give you hint though, the fish are done in tubular peyote.http://www.beadandbutton.com/bnb/default.aspx?c=a&id=397