Spider Pendant





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

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

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

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

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

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.

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    This looks really elegant, beautiful work!

    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?

    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.

    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.

    Thanks. I really needed that. :)

    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.

    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 !!!