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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!
 
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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.
diylesson1 year ago
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!
bwestfall1 year ago
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.
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.
akrell1 year ago
Atomicrose, thank you for the tutorial. I made myself a cracked marble spider this morning. ~:)
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rucadamsel1 year ago
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.
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 ;)
atomicrose (author)  barefootbohemian2 years ago
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. :)
MommaB222 years ago
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.
Very nice spider! Great job!
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
atomicrose (author)  dwingrove-smith2 years ago
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!
gada8882 years ago
This is creative.
l8nite2 years ago
that's SWEET !
jenhoney2 years ago
Thanks for sharing! I see a pair of spidey earrings in my future. Gonna go check out your others now!
atomicrose (author)  jenhoney2 years ago
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!
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)  jenhoney2 years ago
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.
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)  jenhoney2 years ago
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.
Done! Thanks so much, these were super fun to make. http://www.instructables.com/id/Blood-Amber-Spider-Earrings/
sunshiine2 years ago
Glad you changed it! You will receive deserved views for sure! She is beautiful!
Sunshiine
sunshiine2 years ago
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)  sunshiine2 years ago
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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