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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.
 
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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.

Great! I really love your ibles!!! <3 :)

Beautiful!
Kenbe1 year ago
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?
Thanks
KW
Kenbe1 year ago
NICE JOB!
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.

Mrballeng (author)  dragonflydazd1 year ago
Thanks. I really needed that. :)
WOW!!!
taria1 year ago
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 !!!
poofrabbit1 year ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
Mrballeng (author)  poofrabbit1 year ago
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 Dork1 year ago
Love this!
mooster2 years ago
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)  mooster2 years ago
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.
chabias2 years ago
Lovely!!
mclancer2 years ago
Wow! That's a lot of work. Very beautiful job.
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.
susanrm2 years ago
Gorgeous & inspiring.
jawasan2 years ago
As always another great piece of jewelry/art!
ChrysN2 years ago
Gorgeous work!
Mrballeng (author)  ChrysN2 years ago
Thanks. Your an inspiration.
sunshiine2 years ago
What a nice statement necklace. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing more of your work!
Sunshiine
Mrballeng (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thank!
PitStoP2 years ago
What's the wire made of? Is it aluminum?
Mrballeng (author)  PitStoP2 years ago
It's steel. 200' for $6.
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Stunning! Will these be in your shop?
Mrballeng (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
This will be the one and only.
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. . .
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. . .
Thrasym2 years ago
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.
Ah-Ha. Keep the cutter wet, I will from now on.
l8nite2 years ago
that's a fine looking piece of jewelry
Mr.Sanchez2 years ago
It´s an elegant way to get over arachnophobia!!
PitStoP2 years ago
Very very nice! You make it look so easy..
Very, very nice! Such a clean finish, and so shiny!
randofo2 years ago
I like this one. Nicely done.
Awesome. i know what I'm doing tonight. i think I'll try it with brass though. as always great instructable and 5 stars.