Introduction: Spider Pendant

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A few years ago I was at the construction site for a casino. Lying next to a dumpster was this piece of black granite. My guess is it was cut from a counter top for plumbing or electrical access. I picked it up thinking it would make for a good paperweight. Lately it’s been looking like a spider.

I used a piece of 22 gage sheet metal and some 16 gage wire to make this. You can by this stuff at any home improvement store. Happy Halloween.

Step 1: Cut the Granite

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I mounted a diamond cutting disc into my drill dress. You can find this cutting tool anywhere Dremel tools are sold. Keeping the cutter wet I notched out a small piece for the abdomen.

From there I hot glued the stone to rivet. This served as my handle while shaping the stone. First I spun it round and used a diamond wheel for the initial shaping. After that I shaped it by hand against another diamond wheel. I polished up the stone with buffing wheels and buffing compound.

Step 2: Make the Bezel

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Using the 16 gage wire I hammered a section flat. I then heated it red hot to make it soft. With the help of a shelf pin I shaped the flattened wire so it would encircle the stone.

Step 3: Make the Cephalothorax

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With the help of my trusty lathe I cut a small circle. I then dapped it with a doming block. With pliers I squeezed it to make an oval. I filed the underside of the oval so it would sit flat.

Next I sanded off any oxidation from heating and laid both pieces on a piece of sheet metal. A little flux & solder and it was set. I used the diamond wheel to remove the excess metal around the body.

Step 4: Spider Legs

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The legs were the easiest part. I straitened out a piece of wire and cut it in to four sections. Two of the sections were longer for the front and back legs. I bent them at 90 degrees and soldered them on. From there I eyeballed the joints and marked them. With a pair of pliers I bent in the joints.

Step 5: Polish Up

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I soldered a jump ring at the top. I then polished the spider with 800 grit sand paper and a buffing wheel. The stone was set with epoxy putty.

The cotton cord I used had some kinks in it so I steamed them out.

Thanks for reading.


Swansong (author)2017-10-18

This looks really elegant, beautiful work!

PeterFish1982 (author)2017-05-16

amazing spider

Very Interesting (author)2013-07-11


Kenbe (author)2013-06-27

Question: You used 16ga. Steel Wire that is or is not GALVANIZED? Been having no luck finding non-galvanized 22ga. steel wire. Will galvanized steel wire buff up like what your project?

Kenbe (author)2013-06-25

Will be giving this one a try. If it all works out, I might use a real nice stone. Thinking of gold plating with a little more detail over all.

dragonflydazd (author)2013-04-25

this is so awesome. you are one talented man. i need to get my studio set up and start creating. you inspire me. thank you so much for your instuctables.

Mrballeng (author)dragonflydazd2013-04-25

Thanks. I really needed that. :)

SaintSalvage (author)2013-03-01


taria (author)2012-12-27

I'm looking at the necklace and enjoying that you made, but then my spidey senses see something else... was that a real black widow???? now I'm creeped.

awesome necklace as always, and I never though about steaming out the kinks in the cotton cording before. nice tip. I will have to try it someday..not the metal work, just the steaming.

gothycdesigns (author)2012-11-27

Nice piece. I have been wanting to make a spider like this for some time. Great instructable which gives me a good visual of the process. I have thought about using a marble for the back of the spider though. But this will help nicely. My only questions is..How long did this project take you to do? By the looks I would think no more than 1-2 days. Great Work !!!

poofrabbit (author)2012-11-13

Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!

Mrballeng (author)poofrabbit2012-11-13

Thank you Miss Rabbit. That's why I love instructables. While my regular circle of people give me a weird look, the instructables community cheers me on.

Some Dork (author)2012-11-05

Love this!

mooster (author)2012-10-28

This is stunning! I'm stymied at the idea of using hot melt to hold the stone down for polishing, though. Is there some special hot melt for this? Any that I'm familiar with would be quite likely to let go with not too much pressure, and I'm imagining a piece of rock flying off at a high rate of speed. Maybe you'd better clarify that before someone gets hurt?

Mrballeng (author)mooster2012-10-29

It's just regular crafting hot glue. I use it all the time like this. If it gets too hot it will fall off though I've never had anything go flying.

chabias (author)2012-10-28


mclancer (author)2012-10-28

Wow! That's a lot of work. Very beautiful job.

Rowan_Winterhaven (author)2012-10-28

Beautiful work! Lucky find on that construction site. :D Another source, other than buying it retail, is to talk to the owners of local cabinet shops. Some of them around where I live offer the scraps for free if we come and take the stuff off of their hands.

susanrm (author)2012-10-28

Gorgeous & inspiring.

jawasan (author)2012-10-28

As always another great piece of jewelry/art!

ChrysN (author)2012-10-25

Gorgeous work!

Mrballeng (author)ChrysN2012-10-28

Thanks. Your an inspiration.

sunshiine (author)2012-10-25

What a nice statement necklace. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

Mrballeng (author)sunshiine2012-10-28


PitStoP (author)2012-10-26

What's the wire made of? Is it aluminum?

Mrballeng (author)PitStoP2012-10-27

It's steel. 200' for $6.

scoochmaroo (author)2012-10-25

Stunning! Will these be in your shop?

Mrballeng (author)scoochmaroo2012-10-26

This will be the one and only.

scoochmaroo (author)Mrballeng2012-10-26

It's gorgeous! For one quick second I though, ok then, I'll just have to do it myself! And then I looked more closely at the steps. . .

scoochmaroo (author)Mrballeng2012-10-26

It's gorgeous! For one quick second I though, ok then, I'll just have to do it myself! And then I looked more closely at the steps. . .

Thrasym (author)2012-10-26

I really like this one.

Attaching the legs to the jump ring sort of sticks out to me though. Not sure why but if I did something like this, I'd probably change that up. Curving both front leg tips over, to make 2 seperate rings to put the cord through, so they're spaced apart...or maybe flip it upside down and have it hanging by a web strand coming out of its rear.

Anyway, cool stuff, thanks for sharing.

snoopindaweb (author)2012-10-26

Ah-Ha. Keep the cutter wet, I will from now on.

l8nite (author)2012-10-25

that's a fine looking piece of jewelry

Mr.Sanchez (author)2012-10-25

It´s an elegant way to get over arachnophobia!!

PitStoP (author)2012-10-25

Very very nice! You make it look so easy..

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-10-25

Very, very nice! Such a clean finish, and so shiny!

randofo (author)2012-10-25

I like this one. Nicely done.

mr.mountaineer (author)2012-10-25

Awesome. i know what I'm doing tonight. i think I'll try it with brass though. as always great instructable and 5 stars.

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