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Picture of Making a tealight spider
The tea light spider is a wall mounted candle holder for tea lights.

With two combination pliers and one straight welding wire you can make a wonderful present.

A lot of variations are possible and only limited by your imagination.

About the wire: I took the cheapest wire I could find in the hardware store.
 It looks as if it has a core of iron and some copper coating. Diameter it about 0.8-1mm and length 100cm. 
You could also try this with other thick wire, but this welding wire is ideal. It is elastic to a certain degree what means it's not so soft like pure copper, and you can form nice straight parts. Just start with a thin one and then shift to thicker diameters if you like.


 
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Step 1: Starting to bend

If you're not living in the year 3000 and have a robot friend called Bender, then you have to do this all by yourself! But hey, don't worry, it isn't so hard.

  Take the straight welding wire, a metering rule and mark the middle of the wire. Then take the two pliers and bend the wire right in the middle, so you get a small loop on one side and two endings on the other. You can also use a small nail to get the loop real good shaped.

As you can see from the pictures I only used one small plier and my hand to bend the wire. Do it as you like.

Didn't match the middle? 
The legs are of different length? 
Well no problem, as long as it is only a few centimeters that doesn't matter. We will take care of that later.


Step 2: Forming the head

Now we start to work the spider from the loop to the legs.

Take one of the plier, hold the double wire and bend the rest with the other one.

The shape is just a rough suggestion. If your wire is much longer than mine you have to enlarge the upper and lower legs. If it is much shorter, vice versa.

Go ahead and bend it down to the cage for the tea light.

Jeffer6210 months ago
Very neat with endless possibilities. Thanks going to the hardware store now.
excellent
zascecs4 years ago
Wow, neat design! If only it had 8 legs...
andyk75 (author)  zascecs4 years ago
Oh, your right! Maybe I should have called it 'a half tea light spider'.  ;-) 
zascecs andyk754 years ago


...though then the name wouldn't be quite so catchy... 
Tri-der?
Nah, a little off... 
really!?
...apparently so... lol
lol? This is lol
billy-mays.gif
hehe...
look a little lower see my other comments :)
We could go a little german --
Ein
Zwei
Dri...   Dri-der?
Hehe, maybe, it sounds like something Billy Mays could advertise.

"Billy Mays here, with the original Dri-der Tea light Spider! The best way to hold those favorite candles of yours..."

"...only $19.95 retail price, but wait! Call now, and you will get two of the amazing Dri-der Tealight Spiders for the price of one! Plus, a whole container of Oxyclean! 3 great products, a value of $80.00, but for only $19.95!" 


tom2oo9 zascecs4 years ago
I dont  think he could you know :/

He's dead.
Well I would watch your mouth (or chat) because he found a new produce that hes eager to try! THE SHOTGUN
Billymaysgun.png
zascecs tom2oo94 years ago
...I know...

...he could have... =)
He could come up from the dead/grave and he could be the first pitchman/advertise zombie ever! (idea in progress still need Dr. Frankenstein to do it)
Billy Mays zombie! Like so
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Genius!
Incredible!
romaine4 years ago
This is called a  'FireFly', a minimalistic design bij Chris Koens, a dutchman.
(http://www.gadgetshop.nl/2061-vuurvliegje.gadget/)
nice cool i will try out this with 3 Cycle wheel spokes. thanks for a brilliant idea
mpohl4 years ago
Hi thanks for this, I will definitely give it a try.
I bought two some years ago at an designshop, they named them 'firefly'.
Just found them with google: http://www.invotisorange.com/products/FireFly.aspx


mikej_w4 years ago
I wonder if you could put loops in the lower legs an hang more spiders from the loops? I think the top wire would need to be almost horizontal to make it work. I plan to play around with this. I think it would be a nice romantic project to have a wall covered in 20 - 50 candles, but I don't think I would want to poke that many holes in the wall to hold them...

This has so much personalizing potential!
gare84214 years ago
 This is great design and idea!
nejo00174 years ago
I like!
bigme4 years ago
Did the original come from IKEA? I have two that I got from IKEA years ago, wish I had bought a hundred, be cool to light up an entire wall. Maybe I'll make up a bunch and see about lighting up that wall, would make for some nice bedroom mood lighting.
NOMNOMNOM bigme4 years ago
 maybe this is not the best idea to light up your whole wall, as it can increase fire hazard...:S
 Can always be adjusted for the LED flicker candles, though.
Not quite the same...
It is always a good idea not to overdo candles to avoid a fire hazard.  This design looks fairly safe as it keeps the candle at a distance from the wall.
Jaxamylyn4 years ago
Love this idea! I'm goin' home to make these tonight! Thanks!
Koosie4 years ago
Very nice!

Makes me think of modern lanterns.
Gorgus4 years ago
Ingenious in its simplicity! Well done!
ShadowJesus4 years ago
I like this. Its simple and easy; also it is a reuse for old hangers you have laying around:D
nickodemus4 years ago
Nice work!

And a good reference to Futurama :]
Smaridge014 years ago
This really is very cool, and way simple, which is awesome!  Great idea, and great instructable.  I'm looking forward to trying one for myself... and then another, and another...
 Maybe you could use a level to make sure the cage is level so the tealight doesn't fall out.

Kiteman4 years ago
This is great - simple and elegant itself, yet it could also be the starting point for a lot of very creative projects (personally, I would solder on a small platform for the candle, and maybe add little heat-shrink booties to stop the wall getting scratched when I light or replace the candle).

I hope anybody inspired by this adds a comment to say so, and maybe adds a photo of their own version.