Introduction: Beaded Spider Tutorial

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After spending more than half of a year making a beaded spider every day (see 365 Spiders at atomicrose.blogspot.com), I have come up with some fairly far-fetched versions of the average (beaded) spider. This tutorial is meant to be a simple introduction so that after you have created your first few spiders, you'll begin to see the ways in which you can stretch and bend these guidelines to come up with unique creations of your own. And I hope that you do!

Step 1: The Right Stuff

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Step 2: Get Snippy With It

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Using your wire snips, cut 5 pieces of wire approximately 5 inches in length. One of the wires will be used to thread your eyes. The other 4 wires will be used for the spider legs.

Step 3: Eye(s) of the Spider

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Thread two seed beads onto one of your pieces of wire. Move the beads to the center of the wire, and fold the wire in half. To the best of your ability, pinch the two pieces of wire just beneath the beads to contain the beads as much as possible and make for a smoother transition when you thread the other body beads.

Step 4: Stuck in the Middle

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Thread the 3 beads that you chose for your spider’s body onto the wire with the eyes in order of head, middle, abdomen (small, medium/spacer, large). The reason that you are threading a medium or spacer bead onto this stem is to help evenly space your spider’s legs so they’re not all crammed together in the center of the spider’s body once you get the beads on the legs.

Step 5: Do the Twist

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Once you have threaded your 3 body beads onto the wire, use your wire snips to shorten the remainder of your two wire pieces, leaving about 1/4 inch of wire. Then, use your needle-nose pliers to curve the wire into a loop.

Step 6: (continued)

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Use your flat-nose pliers to continue the curve once you start the initial loop until the spiral is tight up against the bottom bead. This not only keeps your body beads from falling off but keeps the legs from rotating around the spider body while you’re trying to bead them.

Step 7: She's Got Legs

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Taking two wires at a time, wrap your wires first around the top of your center bead, bringing the wire lengths back around to the front, then around the bottom of your center bead in the same manner. The back of your spider will resemble the picture.

Step 8: Just Bead It

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Once all of your leg wires are wrapped around the spider body, you can begin beading. You can be creative with the beading, and you don’t necessarily have to follow this order, but as a primer, start with:

* two bugle beads
* one seed bead
* one E or spacer bead
* one seed bead

Repeat one more time; finish with two bugle beads.

Step 9: My Only Friend, the End

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When you finish beading a leg, trim the excess wire with your wire snips. Leave just enough wire to loop once around. If your wire is thin enough and your bead hole big enough, you might be able to thread the end of the wire back into the bead. You can also be creative with the leg ends and create a spiral like you did in Step 5.

Step 10: Smooth Operator

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Slightly bend each leg where your E or spacer bead is located to give your spider its creepy angular legs.

Step 11: Ooo, She's a Little Runaway

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Take the time to make a few more minor adjustments to the legs so that they’re angled the way you want, and if your spider is a little loose (legs that want to spin around or a body frame that seems a little shifty), turn your spider upside-down, apply some E-6000 glue to places where the wires twist around the center body bead, and let you spider dry for a few hours. Optional: glue a pin back to the back of your spider so you can wear it as a pin.

Comments

lindalee5445 (author)2015-10-25

Can someone tell me how to download this pdf? I've signed up with gopro and logged in, added it to my "collection" but I'm still unable to "download" and print this pdf. Really perplexed at the level of complexity in downloading a pdf. Help! Thanks. :-)

Bobby T (author)2015-10-22

This is amazing ! Thanks for the tutorial, my girlfriend will love this :)

brutus02 (author)2015-09-27

Yes Please provide a list of supplies.

ceejone (author)2015-09-08

Could you please list the supplies and how much of each.

charmaine.benson.5 (author)2014-11-10

I love this. I am definitely going to try my hand at it. I also want to make spiders out of marbles. Have you tried this at all?

Oops my blog is atomicrose.blogspot.com...and the name is 365 spiders. :)

Yes! I have done it with a marble. I glued the marble to the inside of a bead cap, but first I put wire through the bead cap hole. if you go to 365spiders.blogspot.com and search for marble spider, you'll see what it looks like. I actually made several but I can't remember whether I posted pictures of all of them.

diylesson (author)2012-10-18

Hi atomicrose!

You make cool bugs and spiders! Got to share this on my blog :) You can check out the link here: http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/2012/10/diy-halloween-beaded-spiders-tutorials.html

Cheers!

bwestfall (author)2012-10-09

I am new to beading and I can't seem to find some of the unusual and uncommmon beads that are being used in these tutorials. Locally, I only have a Jo Ann's, and I also went to a Hobby Lobby but still didn't find anything like the ornate beads used here. I would love to find beads like the large, cobalt blue with the silver ring around it. Could someone please let me know who carries beads like this, either online or if they have a catalog. Thank You.

RengeGirl (author)bwestfall2012-10-18

bwestfall
If you don't have bead specialty shops in your area, you will have to find the decorative beads online. FusionBeads.com is my go-to place. There is also FireMountainGems and Beadholic.
Just start Googling, you'll find 'em.

akrell (author)2012-07-10

Atomicrose, thank you for the tutorial. I made myself a cracked marble spider this morning. ~:)

akrell (author)akrell2012-07-10

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rucadamsel (author)2012-04-22

This is beautiful! I used 2 bugle beads per leg and made a beautiful purple and green spider. Thank you! I am always looking for ways to expand my wire wrapping talent.

barefootbohemian (author)2012-03-12

She is adorable! Think I would add a lil' red enamel spot on her tummy just to make her a bit more "threatening", although she's far too cute to be threatening ;)

I did make a black widow spider for my 365 Spiders project at atomicrose.blogspot.com if you want to check it out. Yesterday's spider was the brown recluse. Ooooo, scary. Yes, there are countless ways to make a beaded spider more threatening. Thanks for the compliment.

I went to see them, and they are all beautiful! Reminds me off the 1920-30's fad of wearing insect broaches. :)

MommaB22 (author)2011-12-30

I love jewelry spiders, every one I've seen, is great, just haven't quite sat down and made my own yet, Today may be the day, I have not looked at your collection, yet, but I put your website in my browser, and the first one to pop up was the John Deere Spider, Beautiful, and not to mention the colors of the Green Bay Packers, my 13yr old son's team, Looking forward to trying your technique. Thank You.

PaHalloweenFreak (author)2011-11-04

Very nice spider! Great job!

dwingrove-smith (author)2011-10-30

What type and size of wire do you recommend? I've never used wire but would like to make a spider today... Your spiders are amazing

22 or 24 gauge wire are best. Ive even used floral wire but it tends to be a bit too thin and flimsy. Have fun!

gada888 (author)2011-10-20

This is creative.

l8nite (author)2011-10-17

that's SWEET !

jenhoney (author)2011-10-11

Thanks for sharing! I see a pair of spidey earrings in my future. Gonna go check out your others now!

atomicrose (author)jenhoney2011-10-11

Good idea! FYI, if you want to make spider earrings, reduce the number of bugle beads on each leg to 3--one in between each set of seed/E beads. Also, you may want to use just one seed bead to separate the bugle beads. In other words, 1 bugle, 1 seed, 1 bugle, 1 seed, 1 bugle, end. This will help keep your spiders from being 3-inch monstrosities getting tangled in your hair!

jenhoney (author)atomicrose2011-10-11

Thanks so much! Alaso, I checked out your blog and was so entertained by all the different themed spiders. I love the Spongebob and Hellraiser ones so much.

atomicrose (author)jenhoney2011-10-12

I'm so happy you like my Pinhead spider. I worked very hard on him and was so psyched to show him to everyone, and then I got almost no response. :( I would love for you to post your spider earrings when they're finished.

jenhoney (author)atomicrose2011-10-12

Oh no, I hate getting underwhelmed response when I'm really excited about something I've made. Your hard work on the Pinhead spider is very apparent. I certainly will show off my earrings here when I make them. I think I'll be making the beads for the body today. About how big do you think the biggest bead should be for earrings?

atomicrose (author)jenhoney2011-10-12

I don't speak "millimeter-ese" like many bead workers, so I'd probably have to say about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. That should work to keep in proportion with the legs.

jenhoney (author)atomicrose2011-10-16

Done! Thanks so much, these were super fun to make. https://www.instructables.com/id/Blood-Amber-Spider-Earrings/

sunshiine (author)2011-10-07

Glad you changed it! You will receive deserved views for sure! She is beautiful!
Sunshiine

sunshiine (author)2011-10-07

This is beautiful! If this were my instructable I would use the spider picture for the first and last pictures! Thanks for sharing your hard work! Have a day as beautiful as your spider!
Sunshiine

atomicrose (author)sunshiine2011-10-07

You are absolutely right. I debated on the first picture anyhow, so I'm taking your advice. Every day with my spider(s) is a beautiful day!

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