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During the summer months, spider webs cover every corner, and every open space of my yard. These webs are humongous, the largest ones being about 5 feet wide. The webs I encounter in my garden are webs are from several kinds of Orb spiders. None of the spiders that build the giant webs in my garden are poisonous. This is lucky for me, because I have walked into countless numbers of webs.

I have also encountered many abandoned webs, which gave me the idea of harvesting these out-of-use webs for their silk. Having walked into so many webs, I know how unbelievably strong and stretchy their threads are. Spider silk, in fact, is the strongest fiber ever discovered. Spider silk is stronger than steel, for its diameter; that is, a thread of steel would be weaker than a thread of spider silk of the same size.

Scientists have been working on how to entirely artificially duplicate spider silk in the lab for a while, but have not yet been able to make the silk entirely without spiders. I have included some websites of some recent research on the subject at the end of the instructable.

In this instructable, I will show I how I harvested abandoned webs and turned them into threads that I could use to sew.
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lukemarq6 months ago

Never underestimate the mad scientists.

احمدع7 months ago

A spider web farm would be awesome,but sadly spiders get cannabalistic when near other spiders. They are very aggressive.


e7trfseo9 months ago

Would daddy long-leg spider webs work?


You want to get webs that are strong even in a single strand.

Real grand daddy long leg webs' are weak and only gathered in small amounts.

rcbailey1310 months ago

I someone wants to buy spider silk, I know of a location that has hundreds of webs. I do not know the current condition of the webs because they are not very protected from the elements. Tell how much you want and what it is worth to you and will see if we can make it happen. I do not know how we will determine the amount of web material we will end up with. You would also have to determine how you want it harvested- all in a ball or wound around something. Only about one in five webs were active last time I was there. I did not ID the spider making the webs.

JazmynA11 months ago

Hi I'm doing a project where I'm building Spiderman's web shooters so I was wondering if you sell this thread or if you know where I can buy some. I'd really appreciate the help thank you.

A spider web farm would be awesome,but sadly spiders get cannabalistic when near other spiders. They are very aggressive.

A spider web farm would be awesome,but sadly spiders get cannabalistic when near other spiders. They are very aggressive.

A spider web farm would be awesome,but sadly spiders get cannabalistic when near other spiders. They are very aggressive.

A spider web farm would be awesome,but sadly spiders get cannabalistic when near other spiders. They are very aggressive.

Master978652 years ago
Wow. This is gorgeous! I never knew that you could make thread from spider webs! Too bad I don't live anywhere near a place where the spiders you listed live.
emmieberry3 years ago
This is hands down the most interesting instructable I have ever seen, It's well done and I learned a lot from it! : D
tinker2344 years ago
hey wow could you go and cath spiders and begin a spider web farm
yeah it would be fun
yoshi14 years ago
I think ticks should be added to the arachnid list because they have 8 legs too.
zzoe yoshi14 years ago
No need to add them, they're already there. Ticks, and all other mites are arachnids. You had the right idea.
raja6815 years ago
here is something creepy in a lab on a farm in Sweden they are making a goat that u can milk and it has milk and spider silk..............MILK SILK ANYONE!!!
Persona (author)  raja6815 years ago
I think I remember hearing about that! It makes NO SENSE!
I've seen "spider goats" at Purdue University. It actually makes a lot of sense. It's come a long way in a past several years. The milk is still "drinkable". The silk protein doesn't present as a fiber in the milk, it needs a chemical catalyst to be extracted. The goats have a number of advantages, they don't bite(well not like spiders do), they are easier to milk than spiders, they don't eat each other and they are still useful for things that goats are useful for. The process is still pretty young as technologies go but there's a lot of promise in it.
ya i really want one of the spider goats
Haha. I saw a documentary about that a few years ago. They would extract the silk proteins from the milk of the genetically modified goats or something like that. It was less productive than pulling the web right out of the spiders. But I guess the crazy scientists scientists just wanna have fun.
yoshi14 years ago
You should see the size of a camel spider they are massive! I'm not sure if they make webs though?
Toxonic0 yoshi14 years ago
No they don't, they're not actually spiders. They're more closely related to scorpions. No web at all.
srry said spider meant arachnid not spider srry they are in the same order as the spider and the scorpion which makes it no more closely related to either
I bet that if you were to weave a friendship bracelet out of spider's silk, it would last for YEEEEEEARS. Some of the strongest stuff is said to be 10 times the strength of Kevlar. That's awesome.
manadhon5 years ago
It's kinda nice knowing that here in Michigan all I have to worry about is the brown recluse (which is not native to Michigan as it comes in with wood shipments), and the northern black widow (which sadly, is native to Michigan). Other than those two species, there isn't really any interesting species of arachnid here
Yeah, but New Zealand is even better: no spiders that could hurt anything bigger than a rabbit (if that). Plus, no snakes or other bitey things!
your wrong about that.there are poisonous spiders in New Zealand, three species to be exact.the kapito ,white- tailed and red back spiders. 1.red back bites can cause severe pain, aches and profuse sweating. 2.kapito bites may lead to severe pain around the bite area and possible muscle cramps. 3.A White-tailed spider bite usually leads to severe pain and swelling around the bite area, but there are no long-lasting effects. and yes you are right about the snakes and other "bitey" things"
yoshi1 manadhon4 years ago
But aren't there mosquitoes? They can kill!
manadhon yoshi14 years ago
most mosquitoes in michigan suck blood. few will carry diseases as disease carrying mosquitoes are more common in tropical regions
For the record, the brown recluse is actually much more poisonous than the black widow. Black widow bites are painful, cause inflammation, and require doctors etc. Brown recluse bites cause necrosis of the flesh rapidly and require a doctor for not only anti venom, but usually removal of flesh to amputation.
Where I live (west coast of North America) we have many black and brown widows. It's weird because brown widows are from Florida. The Brown recluse is the most poisonous spider,and following that is the brown widow. They're not really dangerous though, because they don't bite as often as the black widow.
Would daddy long-leg spider webs work?
Persona (author)  nutsandbolts_645 years ago
I think it would, especially if this sentence from a website on them is any indication:

"the spider throws tough stiff web material over the victim and disables its mobility"
MaXoR Persona5 years ago
I think most people when talking about a "Daddy Long Legs" will be referring to a harvestman arachnid. You didn't exactly use a well known website to source your information, and most side websites will get certain details mixed up. Either way, the harvestman arachnid is not even capable of producing web in any great quantity, if at all. If you see one in a web, he is trapped, and going to die! Although yes, on Myth Busters they proved that it is possible to entice a harvestman into biting into your flesh, a reaction because of it doesn't mean it punctured the .5 - 4mm of flesh to the other side, likely only puncturing the first layer or two, and causing an irritation. The average one's fangs are only .25mm long, and they don't have strong uncate fang muscles either. They do however have a wonderful myth that they have some of the most poisonous venom, and that likely stemmed from the fact they prey on redback's (Part of the black widow family) and win consistently, however scientists have learned it's merely because they are quicker, and get the upper hand, or neck...lol!
frabotta MaXoR4 years ago

I believe you are confusing harvestmen (order Phalangida) with spider, Pholcus phalangioides (featured on Myth Busters), that has a near-cosmopolitan distribution. As true spiders, Pholcus DOES possess fangs, can penetrate human, skin, and 'throws' stiff web silk around their prey.

Harvestmen (order Phalangida or Opiliones), while arachnids, are not spiders and possess neither fangs nor silk glands.
A thread of spider silk the thickness of a pencil cna stop (cut through) military jerts moving at full speed...
Yeah. I need to collect a LOT of silk... Gonna make a climbing rope if I can.
lop1455 years ago
no dangerous spiders here exept if your allergic. and there's just one spider that has a nasty wasp like bite but that one lives under water.
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