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 2: Get Snippy With It
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
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
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
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)
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.