For centuries, spiders have been legendary creatures. The Greeks believed that they were descendents of the master weaver, Arachne, whom Athena turned into a spider. The West Africans spun stories about a sly spider named Anansi, who was infamous for tricking other animals. The Europeans, on the other hand, have a story about the Christmas spiders, who were blessed by the Christ child, or in some stories, by Saint Nicholas, who turned their silks into tinsel. Using beads, you can create a spider of your own.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Large bead
- Medium bead
- Wire cutters
- Bugle beads
- Seed beads
Place a medium-sized bead onto the headpin to create the spider's head. If you cannot find a headpin with a large enough head for your bead, you can also string the bead on a straight wire and make a small loop at the end with a pair of pliers.
String a large bead onto the headpin to create the spider's body.
Allow enough room between the beads to wrap the wires that will form the legs, then bend the headpin into a loop behind the large bead.
Cut four wires of identical length for the legs.
Wrap the wires around the headpin between the spider's head and body. Make sure that you centre the wires around the pin and pull them snugly so that they cannot move.
Alternate bugle beads and seed beads along each leg, stopping approximately one-half inch before the end of the wire. End with a seed bead.
Curl the end of each wire with a pair of pliers to form a loop that will hold the beads in place.
Bend each spider leg into position.
Bugle Bead Spider
Cut approximately 3 feet of beading wire.
String two beads onto the middle of the wire.
String three beads onto the left half of the wire, then bend the wire so that the beads make a new row centred upon the last two beads.
Thread the right half of the wire through the new row and pull both wires taut.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make a row of five beads.
Create a row of six beads.
Create two rows of eight beads each.
Create a row of seven beads.
Create a row of five beads.
Create a row of three beads.
Create a row of two beads.
Create four rows of three beads each. This completes the spider's head and body.
Add three beads to the left wire, then thread the end of the wire back down the bottom two beads and through the two rightmost beads that forms the spider's head.
Repeat this process on the right wire, but thread the wire through the two leftmost beads of the spider's head.
Pull the left wire through the next row down towards the right. Pull the right wire through in the opposite direction. The ends of these wires will form the spider's legs, so make sure you have enough before threading them through. If you do not, make a small loop on both ends of the wire, cut off the excess, then thread a new wire through the row.
String beads onto each leg until it is the length you want.
Thread the wires back through all but the last bead, then crisscross the wires through the beads that form the next row in the body.
Repeat this process until you have made all eight legs.
Make a loop on the ends of the wire to secure the beads, or thread them through the piece. Cut off any excess.
Seed Bead Spider
Tips and warnings
- You can substitute pony beads and elastic string for the seed beads and wire to create a kid-friendly spider project.
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