Step 8: Others who have used spider silk, and some of the research done on it
This is an exhibit on a piece of textile made entirely out of spider silk: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/spidersilk/ These are all scientific articles on spider silk: http://www.sciencentral.com/articles/view.php3?article_id=218392167&language=english http://www.accessexcellence.org/WN/SU/spider.php http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100514151853.htm This ...
To collect webs, I first snagged one side of the web, and carefully twisted the web, carefully pulling off silk threads from the leaves, until I had a the fibers in a length. I avoided breaking any threads whenever possible, in order to keep the original threads as long as they could be, before having to twist on a new length of silk.
I then wound the length of silk on a smooth stick (the stalk of a lily) temporarily, while I gathered more silk.