Jeweled Spider

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year!  Leaves are turning gold, orange and red, and the weather is starting to get a slight chill.  And it is also a time for creating fun crafts.  

I came up with the idea of creating these jeweled spiders when I purchased silver and gold spiderwebs. The glass rhinestone spiders were a great way to add some glamour to your Halloween decor, and I love these little spiders because they can be used for decoration around the house or on dinner plates for a Halloween gathering.  However, I would suggest you have some experience with wire wrapping or watch some you tube videos about basic wire wrapping techniques.

Materials Needed:

1 10MM Rhinestone pave ball

1 6MM round glass bead

32 3MM round glass beads

Seed glass beads (if you have ever done wire wrapping you know what these are but they are basically small glass beads which you will use for the legs.)

26 gauge wire gold or silver (I used brass wired which was cheap and pliable.

Wire wrapping tools (wire cutter and pliers)

You can purchase all for the item above at Michaels in store, or you can go to www.jewelryandfindings.com.  I did not include colors because you can make these any color you want to match your halloween colors. 

Instruction on how to make spiders:

  1. First step is to make the body of the spider, which requires one 10MM round rhinestone pave glass bead,  one 6 MM round glass bead and 12-13 inches of 26 gauge wire.
  2. After cutting 12-13 inches of 26 gauge wire, you thread the wire through both the 10MM round rhinestone (body)  and the 6 mm round rhinestone (head) long ways and thread it through twice.  See Below pictures, I have circled where you can see that I have looped the wire through and how you would wrap it through twice.

Once you loop it though twice try to make sure one end piece is about one inch to one and a half inches longer than the other because you will use the longer piece to wrap aback around over between head and body and then you will need to wrap the it around to start forming the spider legs.

3.   Tighten the loop and then take the longer piece to wrap back around over the top in between body and head (see below picture caption A) and then loop wire back under original double loop to tie back and form spider legs (below picture caption B shows the leg that you would start to form with the wire). To be honest there is not right or wrong way to do this as long as you are able to stabilize the legs to the body and head.  I tried doing this multiple ways, and this was just the best way I could figure out how to stabilize the legs to the spider body and head.  Hopefully the below picture will better help you understand how this is done.  This is the trickiest part of making the spider.

A: Loop from longer piece of wire that is tied back around to stabilize body and head and begin forming spider legs. B: The two end pieces for each spider legs which should be about 2-3 inches long each
A:Shows the longer piece is threaded back under original double loop you made to connect had and body in step 2. B: Shows the spider legs.

4. Now you are ready to start putting the smaller beads onto the wires to form your legs. As stated above each leg is about two inches, and after you finish putting on your bead, you will need to leave some of the wire at the very end to wire wrap to finish off the leg. I normally put about 12-15 of the seed beads and one 3 MM bead. You end up using three to four 3mm beads per leg. You could use more 3 MM beads depending on how you want your spider to look. Be creative and have fun with trying what you think works for you!

End of spider leg after finishing up beading.

5. At the very end of the spider leg, you wrap the wire around your final bead, and I always end on a 3 MM bead because it is too difficult to wire wrap around a seed bead.

Final wire wrap

6. Wrap the end of wire three to four times, and then cut the end.

7. Once you have finished the first spider leg, then you would begin the next pair of legs. Cut another piece of wire about 7-8 inches long, and wrap the wire back around over the top again similar to step 3 and 4. Then repeat steps 5 and 6 to finish the legs. Once you have completed all 8 legs you have completed the spider!

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